Friday, October 1, 2010

OOOoooooh, Spooky!

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines the word supernatural as follows:
adjective. of or relating to existence outside the natural world. Attributed to a power that seems to violate or go beyond natural forces.
You will notice in the Juvenile Fiction section there is a new label for books about "the supernatural." Books about ghosts, spirits, werewolves, vampires, and the like, will now be marked with this label:

Supernatural label
So, if you're a fan of stories about the strange and unexplainable, you're in luck! They will be much easier to find now.

The CrossroadsSpeaking of the supernatural, I just read the book The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein. What a creepy book! Eleven-year old Zack Jennings moves to Connecticut with his father and new stepmother. Strange things start happening almost immediately after they arrive. On their property (located at the crossroads of two highways) is an old oak tree with a white, wooden cross and flowers, signifying that someone has died there. He comes to find out that there are many ghosts from a horrible accident left behind at the crossroads, and he will be required to work with some of them to stop the one evil ghost who is trying to kill him.

I can't wait to read the sequel, The Hanging Hill. Raising the dead? Human sacrifices? Sounds creeeeeeeepy…and fantastic!

In addition to the two books mentioned above, older readers of supernatural fiction might enjoy:
The BoggartThe Boggart by Susan Cooper
The Egyptian Box by Jane Curry
The Great Ghost Rescue by Eva Ibbotson
Orwell’s Luck by Richard Jennings
Clockwork, or All Wound Up by Philip Pullman
The Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
Younger fans of the supernatural might enjoy these lighthearted supernatural stories:
Ghost DetectorsClass Pets: The Ghost of P.S. 42 by Frank Asch
The Battlefield Ghost by Margery Cuyler
Weird Wolf by Margery Cuyler
Ghost Detectors (series) by Dotti Enderle
Bernie and the Besseldorf Ghost by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Werewolf Club (series) by Daniel Pinkwater
The Imp That Ate My Homework by Laurence Yep

If you need help finding a supernatural book, visit us and ask a Youth Services Librarian!

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