Not So Spooky Reads

It’s October, my favorite month of the year!  The weather has gotten cooler, fall is in the air, and I find myself wanting some (not so) spooky books to read.  I recently read a really great book that fits into this category: The Shadows by Jacqueline West, which is the first in The Books of Elsewhere series.

Book cover for The Shadows

When 11-year old Olive Dunwoody moves into the rundown Victorian mansion on Linden Street, she has a feeling something is wrong.  The house is creepy, from the basement where Olive feels that someone is watching her to the ancient paintings that seem to be permanently fixed to the walls.  When Olive finds an old pair of spectacles in one of the dresser drawers, she discovers something even stranger.  The glasses allow her to go into the paintings, entering a spooky world where all is not as it seems and sinister figures and dark shadows lurk.  With assistance from a trio of talking cats and Morton, a boy who is stuck in the world of Elsewhere, Olive must confront a dark and dangerous enemy who is determined to get rid of her by any means necessary.  A fun page turner with just enough scares and suspense, The Shadows is a must for anyone who likes a not so spooky read.  Plus there’s talking cats!

 

Some of my other favorite not so spooky reads:

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Book cover for Coraline

Bunnicula by James Howe

Book cover for Bunnicula

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Book cover for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

 

Something Upstairs by Avi

Book cover for Something Upstairs

The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein

Book cover for The Familiars

 

Some great picture book choices:

Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

Book cover for Go Away, Big Green Monster!

The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey

Book cover for The Hallo-Wiener

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro

Book cover for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat

The Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald

Book cover for The Squeaky Door

The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt

Book cover for The Spider and the Fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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