With October just around the corner, set the mood for Hallowe’en with these horror-filled tales. Sorry, but you’ll probably have to sleep with the lights on.
(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
Skylar lives in Gardnerville where no one can leave, and people age slowly, seldom becoming ill or dying. At regular intervals, however, tragedy strikes the town when the teenagers experience intense emotions and dreamlike fits of madness. Skylar is haunted by the actions of Piper, her older sister, who has been in the Reformatory since leading her classmates to jump from a trestle bridge 4 years earlier. Waiting anxiously for Piper’s release, the secrets left behind taunt Skylar and she realizes that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle for good.
Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
On Marin’s and Kana’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every 24 hours–it comes every 28 years. Now the sun is just a sliver on the horizon, the weather is turning cold, and the shadows are growing long. The islanders are frantically following bizarre rituals to prepare their houses for the departure, rituals that none of the adults in town will explain. Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing–the twins’ friend Line. Marin and Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling, their island is in transformation, and it may already be too late…