Girl of Nightmares, by Kendare Blake: 4/5

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Cas Lowood’s job is to send ghosts on, but that work is being affected by his unwillingness to let one ghost go. Cas sees and hears Anna everywhere—and always in terrible pain …

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Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake: 4/5

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Teenager Cas Lowood travels this world, sending ghosts into the next. His mother wishes he would stop putting himself in danger, and stick around one …

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Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz: 4/5

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Spooky elements: Creepy atmosphere, dueling magic, deadly artifacts, plenty of villains (including one who is downright dastardly) …

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In A Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz: 5/5

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Spooky elements: Creepy retold fairy tales, creepy made-up fairy tales, frightening sea creatures, bone collections. Also: there’s lots of …

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The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury: 4.5/5

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Good for: This is a Halloween classic! It’s great, not only for children, but for anyone who wants a spooky introduction to the history of the …

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The Wolves in the Walls, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean: 5/5

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Spooky elements: Wolves! In the walls! (and the images by Dave McKean are extremely spooky.) Good for: Kids, and Neil Gaiman and …

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Halloween and All Hallow’s Read

Are you excited about Halloween this year? I definitely am—shortly after Banned Books Week, I start my All Hallow’s Read reviews, running from …

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The Woman Who Died A Lot, by Jasper Fforde: 3.5/5

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Thursday is stuck in the real world, recuperating from some very painful injuries. But if anyone expected Thursday Next to take a vacation …

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What in God’s Name, by Simon Rich: 4/5

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Heaven, Inc. is a grossly mismanaged corporation, with a CEO (‘God’) who’d rather help sports teams than end world hunger. When God decides …

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End of Banned Books Week

Today is the official end of Banned Books Week! I hope you enjoyed this week’s themed reviews, and were inspired to read something new—challenged or …

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