3 Great Horror Books for Middle Graders | From my Son's Bookshelf

If you have a reluctant reader at home, my go-to suggestion is usually to pick up a book that’s funny or silly or gross, preferably all three at the same time. Like this book here. But let’s have a look at the scarier side of reading… HORROR books for middle graders!

Personally, I’m a chicken and shy away from anything that might even be remotely nightmare inducing. But it so happens that many reluctant readers are boys and boys often like a good scare. So why not tempt them into reading something that will make them shiver in fear…as long as they turn the page?

Besides, most middle grade aged kids aren’t too afraid of anything—much less books. That’s why, just speaking for myself here, it was so fun to watch my then middle grade aged son terrify himself with a scary story–and then leave the light on at night…even though he was totally not afraid, oh no, not him. 🙂

The below 3 horror children’s books are ‘son’ tested and approved, but still, approach them with caution! Mmwhahaha!

Curse of the Night Wolf (Barnaby Grimes #1) by Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, running errands in his city, day and night, and ‘high-stacking’ around the rooftops in search of new mysteries to solve. In this first adventure, Barnaby is attacked one night by an enormous dog. He kills it – but that’s not the end of this particular mystery … A brilliantly exciting thriller-horror for boys.
The Curse of the Blue Figurine (Johnny Dixon, #1) by John Bellairs Johnny Dixon doesn’t believe that the ghost of mad Father Baart haunts the town church. But then he takes an old scroll and a seemingly harmless figurine from the church basement, accepts a magic ring from a mysterious stranger–and is plunged into a terrifying adventure that may cost him his life.
The Crossroads (Haunted Mystery #1) by Chris Grabenstein ZACK, HIS DAD, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father’s hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn’t over . . . and Zack is directly in his sights.


The above 3 horror books are of course just a small representation of the genre and there are plenty, plenty more great horror books for middle graders. As always, the books are linked to Goodreads for you to read more about them.

Reading suggestions for horror books for kids are welcome in the comments!

Happy reading, everyone!

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