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Boo for Books! Great Halloween Picks for Kids

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Creepy books for the a ghostly season.
The Swallow: A Ghost Story

The Swallow: A Ghost Story

edition:Hardcover

 In 1960s Toronto, two girls retreat to their attics to escape the loneliness and isolation of their lives. Polly lives in a house bursting at the seams with people, while Rose is often left alone by her busy parents. Polly is a down-to-earth dreamer with a wild imagination and an obsession with ghosts; Rose is a quiet, ethereal waif with a sharp tongue. Despite their differences, both girls spend their days feeling invisible and seek solace in books and the cozy confines of their respective att …

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The Elevator Ghost

The Elevator Ghost

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook

When Carolina Giddle moves into the Blatchford Arms, no one knows what to make of her sequin-sprinkled sneakers and her trinket-crusted car. But the parents are happy there’s a new babysitter around, and Carolina seems to have an uncanny ability to calm the most rambunctious child with her ghostly stories.

Armed with unusual snacks (bone-shaped peppermints, granghoula bars and Rumpelstiltskin sandwiches), candles to set the mood, and her trusty sidekick — a tarantula named Chiquita, Carolina …

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The Green Man

The Green Man

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

When Ophelia's father heads off to Italy for the summer to finish work on his book on the poet Ezra Pound, O - as she prefers to be called - is sent by train to stay with her Aunt Emily, who runs a secondhand bookshop back east called The Green Man. Emily has recently suffered a heart attack. Part of the reason O is sent to stay with her is to see if she can help out with the shop.
   Part mystery, part fantasy, this compelling and beautifully written novel slips between the real world, and that …

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Bob's Hungry Ghost

Bob's Hungry Ghost

edition:Hardcover

Bob wants a dog for his birthday, but instead he gets a ghost ... and its name is Fluffy. Unfortunately, Fluffy doesn't fetch, sit or go for walks. But he does eat everything, and soon all of Bob's things and even Bob himself end up in Fluffy's belly. Will Bob find a way to tame his unruly and very hungry ghost? Will Fluffy realize that eating Bob wasn't a very nice thing to do? All ends well in this sweet and silly look at appreciating what you have. And everyone will want a ghost for their bir …

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Lucky Break

Lucky Break

My Sister the Vampire
edition:Paperback

In the seventh book of this hilarious series, Olivia and Ivy are invited to stay at their aunt's ranch. But when Ivy manages to scare off her favourite horse, Lucky, the girls are determined to find him . . . Or they risk blowing the coffin lid off their secret!

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Jake and the Giant Hand

Jake and the Giant Hand

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

The first in a series of scary tall tales from award-winning children’s novelist Philippa Dowding.

Why is Grandpa acting so weird? And why are there so many giant flies?

Jake spends every summer on his grandpa’s farm. But this year, things are a little weird. First, there are huge flies everywhere. Second, Grandpa is acting kind of funny. And third, Jake’s friend Kate keeps trying to scare him with creepy stories. Last year’s tale about the swamp creature was bad enough, but this yea …

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What There Is Before There Is Anything There

What There Is Before There Is Anything There

A Scary Story
by Liniers
translated by Elisa Amado
edition:Hardcover

Every night when his parents turn off the light, strange creatures descend from the black space where the ceiling used to be… First comes one, then another and then more and more. They stand all around him, staring, not saying a word. And then, worst of all comes the dark shapeless one that tells him, “I am what there is before there is anything there…”

Liniers’ art, reminiscent of Hergé and other great comic book artists, portrays the little boy’s growing terror and his frantic dash …

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Pumpkin People ( new edition)

Pumpkin People ( new edition)

edition:Hardcover

Every autumn, strange figures start appearing around Kentville, Nova Scotia. Sauntering down the sidewalk, sitting in a tree, cavorting on a lawn—who are these peculiar people? They’re the Pumpkin People! Made of cornstalks, straw, and, of course, pumpkins, these folkloric figures arrive every year to celebrate the harvest in a most creative way.

Now in a new smaller format, Pumpkin People tells the magical secrets of Kentville’s famous residents. Sandra Lightburn’s verse reveals the nigh …

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