Need something to spook you this Halloween? How about some award winning horror? The Night Gardener is on the Bluebonnet list for this year. Here's a booktalk:
Molly and her brother are immigrants from Ireland whose parents didn’t make it to America with them. It’s up to Molly to take care of her brother now and he’s not well at all. So they agree to take a job at the town’s creepiest, most secluded house so that they’ll be able to get hot meals and have a roof over their heads. But the mother who lives there is mean. And the son is a bully. Worst of all is the tree that isn’t just up next to the house, it’s also inside it. So is a strange man every night with a really tall hat and a watering can. Who is he and what is he doing? To top it off, every day Molly and her brother live there, they become paler and sicker looking too. What is the deal with this house? Is this too steep a price to pay for a safe place to live? Is it safe?
Another great creepy title is The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe. It's on this year's Lone Star list.
At his old school, kids made fun of the creatures Gabe’s dad made for a living- monstrous puppets. So when Gabe’s house is burned down and his family moves in with his grandmother, he sees it as a chance to get away from being known as puppet boy and start over. His first friend is a neighborhood boy named Seth. They play in the woods that summer every day. It’s a game Seth invented involving a monstrous baby-eating hunter that they must fight. When school starts, he makes new friends who warn him how weird and unpredictable Seth is. When Gabe tires of playing the hunter with him, Seth explodes and says the hunter will come after him and his friends. And strange things do start happening. Like the night his dad’s new puppet seems to come to life and then disappears. Or the invisible things his baby sister talks to. What are they dealing with? Is it something supernatural or a twisted prank?