What’s on my bookshelf ? 5
Today I want to mention a few ghost stories that I enjoyed reading and that I think are suitable for Young Adult readers.
So, on my bookshelf, you can find:
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
After the murder of his family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard and is raised by ghosts. Growing up in a graveyard can be dangerous but everyone knows the world outside its gate is even worse…
An amazing setting, and such a great story. Neil Gaiman has no equal.
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Two American sisters inherit a flat which borders Highgate Cemetery in London. The teenage twins move in and meet their strange neighbours, before realizing their deceased aunt can’t seem to leave her old apartment – and life- behind.
Technically an Adult book. An interesting premise and a chilling ending. However the story relies heavily on clichés about London and its supposedly ghostly feel. Since I actually live here, I need a little more than that in terms of setting.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The ghost of Jack The Ripper is killing again in modern-day London. The secret ghost police of London are on the case, with no time to waste.
Again a book set in London and targeted at American readers who have never set foot here. But in this one, the plot is great and the author actually conveys a “British feel” to her story.
Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber
Manhattan, 1882. A teenage girl who cannot speak. A haunted painting. A love story across time and space.
A good YA read, although the plot lacked high stakes. And I liked the twist halfway through the book.
That’s it for YA ghost stories sitting on my bookshelf… Any other books you’d recommend? Feel free to comment!
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I really liked The Graveyard Book. Hope you do too.
I don’t think there is one YA ghost story on my bookshelf – although I’ve just been loaned Crossing Over by Anna Kendall which is a YA about a teenage boy that can cross over into the Land of the Dead when he is in enough pain. Looks promising, and the (UK version) cover art is good. Thanks for the good references.
*adds Crossing Over to TBR list* Thanks for sharing! It does sound great!
The Graveyard Book is good, though I don’t quite think of it as horror.