There are way too many October favorites to devote a full review so I’m presenting three more in this shortened format. Like the other recommended choices this month, they can be enjoyed any time of the year.

Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine51IQsleMG8L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

Scholastic has churned out 400 million of these over the past twenty-five years, and I must admit I don’t think I’ve read an entire Goosebumps story yet. It’s hard to grab one of those paperbacks when they get so much use from kids. I thought the interest was lessening a bit, but now with the first movie out, the books are all the rage once more.

The newest print release (just last month) is the one pictured, NIGHT OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE.  With quick, easy to read chapters, and just the right amount of spookiness, Goosebumps lives on.

Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanTheGraveyardBook_Hardcover

This Newbery winner has an unusual beginning for an MG story with a family being murdered. It’s in the background of the first pages as a toddle wanders away from the horror to a cemetery. A place where Nobody Owens (Bod) really begins his life.

Bod spends his youth raised by ghosts. They educate and raise him. There is so much here about growing up, about exploring boundaries, about making mistakes. If you want a ghost story, or a fantasy, or just a good book, this one fits every order. I should also mention it’s loads of fun to read after those first pages.

A TALE OF DARK AND GRIMM by Adam GIdwitz51rg-Zr1+AL

Hansel and Gretel leave their story and walk into other classic Grimm tales. Sounds like fun except I’d keep the real little ones away. This one is a lot more terrifying than expected. The narrator even warns you when these part are about to  happen. Age 10 and up will have fun with these warnings and read on with no lingering effects… except great story telling.

Our little fairy tale friends seek adults who are good, and in the process show devotion to each other, courage, and at times are quite clever. There are some deep thematic layers  in this coming of age tale and one where you will laugh one minute and wince the next. After reaching the end, you will realize it’s really a story abut parenting.

halloween-bat-4-halloween-bats-1200-x-1200YIKES! There’s only one more review next Monday to celebrate this Halloween season. I’ve saved my favorite until the final week. Tune back in to see the SURPRISING choice for my all time favorite Halloween story.

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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  1. I’ve never been a fan of the Goosebump books, but from what I’ve seen the movie looks really good.
    Love the cover of the third book you’ve listed.

    • I actually saw the Goosebumps movie last night. It has a charming premise. I enjoyed the subtle author references only writers would appreciate. Good movie for a few hours of escape and a no brainer type of fun. Thanks for stopping by today.

  2. I don’t often read scary books, but you make these mighty tempting. I will try to fit some of these into my schedule. I am especially intrigued by The Graveyard Book. Thanks for the post.

  3. Some great middle grade reads for Halloween! Just spooky enough to give readers goosebumps.

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