SUGGESTED OUTSIDE READING BOOKS: SUPERNATURAL (GHOST STORIES, THRILLERS, SCI FI)
Savvy by Ingrid Law. Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont cannot wait to see what she gets. But right before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs needs is a savvy that will save him.
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. Irish orphans Molly and Kip start working at the Windsor house for the Windsor family, Constance, Bertrand, Penny and Alistair. Molly and Kip soon discover that a menacing Night Gardener haunts the Windsor estate and become determined to stop him.
The Tiger's Apprentice by Laurence Yep. Tom Lee's life changes forever the day he encounters a talking tiger named Mr. Hu, and discovers he is the latest in a long line of magical Guardians.
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage. Mo and her partner, Dale, are entering the sixth grade and their very first assignment is to interview a town elder. Mo blurts out that she and Dale will interview the ghost that is purportedly haunting the town inn. Will Mo and Dale get their interview?
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. Where does one begin when asked to write a five-page essay on the meaning of Smekday? If you are 11-year-old Gratuity Tucci, you begin prior to the arrival of the aliens, before your mother started receiving cryptic messages through a mole in the back of her neck, and before all Americans are forced to move to reservations in Florida to make room for the influx of an alien race known as the Boov.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman. The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring.... In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it's different. At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?
Graven Images by Paul Fleishman. If you whisper a secret into a wooden statue's ear, will anyone find out? Can a wobbly weathervane bearing the image of Saint Crispin, the patron saint of shoemakers, steer a love-struck apprentice toward the girl of his dreams? And if a ghost hires a sculptor to carve a likeness of him holding a drink to a baby's lips, what ghastly crime might lie behind his request?
Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa De los Santos. Margaret O’Malley’s father is sentenced to death for crimes that he did no commit. Can Margaret use her ability to travel back in time to save him?
Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman. Twelve-year-old Hope lives in White Rock, a town of inventors struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb's Breath--the deadly band of compressed air that covers the crater left by the bombs--than fail at yet another invention. When bandits discover that White Rock has priceless antibiotics, they invade. With a two-day deadline to finish making this year's batch and no ingredients to make more, the town is left to choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from the disease that's run rampant since the bombs, or die fighting the bandits now. Help lies in a neighboring town, but the bandits count everyone fourteen and older each hour. Hope and her friends Aaren and Brock might be the only ones who can escape to make the dangerous trek through the Bomb's Breath and over the snow-covered mountain. For once, inventing isn't the answer, but the daring and recklessness that usually get Hope into trouble might just save them all.
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements. Fifteen-year-old Bobby thinks he knows what it's like to be invisible-he's used to being ignored by the popular kids at school (especially the girls). Even his parents hardly seem to notice whether he's home or not. Then one morning, Bobby wakes up to find that he IS invisible. For real. He can't stop wondering if he'll ever reappear-especially when his parents wreck their car and wind up in the hospital. Now Bobby is all alone. How can he survive in a world where he can't be seen? One thing's for sure: Bobby's not going to just wait around to see if his body will decide to show up again on its own. He's got to take action. Fast.