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Suggested Scary and Spooky Stories for Fifth Grade

 

Ready to hide under the covers to avoid the bumps and spooks outside your window? Here's a collection of spine-tingling stories. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

The dead boys by Royce Buckingham

Timid twelve-year-old Teddy Mathews and his mother move to a small, remote desert town in eastern Washington, where the tree next door, mutated by nuclear waste, eats children and the friends Teddy makes turn out to be dead.

Doll bones by Holly Black

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

During the summer before ninth grade, intrepid Gilda Joyce invites herself to the San Francisco mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansion's boarded-up tower.

The graveyard book by Neil Gaiman
Also available in: audiobook

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.  As he grows older, a terror tied to his past returns.  You can enjoy his story as a graphic novel too (volumes 1 and volume 2).

This anthology of very short, scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators includes works by Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.