Category Archive: Horror

Middle & High School Horror : Read with the Lights On!

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In my last post, I offered suggestions for scary books for middle schoolers. You can see that it’s been a good year for horror because I have even more super scary books to… Continue reading

Spirits & Ghosts in Middle School Fiction

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Today’s Halloween attire runs the gamut from fairy tale characters, superheroes, and smiling pumpkins, to monsters, classic ones like vampires and witches as well as current characters such as Sulley from Monster’s Inc.… Continue reading

Alternate Formats

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A couple of books have come by my desk recently that really caught my eye because of their unique format. The two books below caught my attention because there are stories told entirely… Continue reading

Are You Afraid?

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A few days before Valentine’s Day, I am providing a few horror titles that are coming out this month. This was quite the coincidence, but these books are a good option for those… Continue reading

My Very Unofficial Alex Award Nominees

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I have written before about my affinity for the Alex Awards. Each year, our staff here gets together to watch the webcast of the annual ALA Youth Media Awards. Of course, the Newbery,… Continue reading

Review: Everyone Dies in the End

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Everyone Dies in the End by Brian Katcher. 9780615710174. 2014. Gr. 10-12. Sometimes the most enjoyable books are the ones that you don’t know much about before picking them up and reading them.… Continue reading

Scary Stories!

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Halloween is fast approaching, and it means different things to different people.  Some people love to dress up, some like to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Here in the children’s literature realm, it… Continue reading

Series Review: Tales From Lovecraft Middle School

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Last time on the Books in Bloom Blog, I wrote about some great new nonfiction titles for boys.  There, I highlighted a few things to think about when selecting titles that boys will… Continue reading

Review: The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

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The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand. August 2012. 9781442442917. Gr. 5-8. Before I worked here in the Collection Analysis department at Mackin, I worked in an elementary school library. … Continue reading

Series Review : Benny Imura

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I like reading books with monsters in them, and vampires had always been my monster of choice.  But when my older son Alex, then about 16, read The Zombie Survival Guide by Max… Continue reading