I know lots of you LOVE to read. I do, too! In fact, my whole life pretty much revolves around the power of stories and writing. I always loved writing and wrote my first novel when I was 15. I also wrote a lot of fan-fiction and letters to over 50 pen pals. As an adult, I took jobs as a writer, an editor, a reporter, and a librarian. In fact, my first editing job was with New Moon Girls. All these jobs let me read a lot!
I often recommend books to be reviewed in New Moon Girls Magazine, so publishers send their newest releases to my house for consideration. Since there isn’t room to cover all the great reads that come across my desk in the magazine, I’m sharing some of them here. This month’s theme is Halloween Reads — whether you want something spooky, silly, or crafty, check out the suggestions below. (If you click on the link to buy one, your purchase helps New Moon Girls!)
- In The Kat Sinclair Files: Dead Air by Michelle Shusterman, Kat’s dad gets a new job hosting a ghost-hunting TV show. Although Kat is excited to pack her bags and visit the world’s most haunted places, life on the trail of the ghosts gets a little lonely — she misses her grandmother and her friends. She writes a blog to give readers a “behind the scenes” peak at her dad’s TV show, and finds out more than she wants to know. The book is told from Kat’s perspective and includes emails to and from her friends back home, excerpts from her blog, and IM messages.
- Polly Shulman’s The Poe Estate takes you to a family’s creepy ancestral home, where young Sukie learns that ghosts “run in the family.” (She’s already been talking to the ghost of her dead sister, Kitty, for a while.) One of the family ghosts challenges Sukie to a treasure hunt, which leads her on an adventure that brings her face-to-face with some of the most famous ghosts out of literature. It’s the perfect ghost story for those who love ghost stories! (You might also like the other two books in the series,The Grimm Legacy and The Wells Bequest).
- You also might enjoy Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester, about four orphans who have grown up in a museum. When the museum’s most prized possession, an Amazonian shrunken head, goes missing, the four end up on the trail of a series of murders and secrets about their pasts.
- And if you like fairy tales, here’s a new twist: in Billy Phillips’ Once Upon a Zombie series, 14-year-old Caitlin stumbles into a world where beloved fairy tale characters have been turned into zombies. As the zombies struggle against their darker natures, Caitlin works to overcome her anxiety, which has been worse since her mom left four years ago. The book also has a doll line to go with it — creepy, or cute? I’ll let you decide. (And if you want to learn how to survive amidst more traditional zombies, check out Simon Monk’s The Maker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, which has tips on fortifying your bases, setting traps, and salvaging supplies — skills that might come in handy even if the zombie apocalypse never happens!)
Of course, no Halloween would be complete without … COSTUMES! If your costume calls for a “retro” look, get some tips from Liz Sonneborn’s Far Out Fashion: Bringing 1960s and 1970s Flair to Your Wardrobe. Or plan an awesome costume party with help from Jen Jones’ Costume Parties: Planning a Party that Makes Your Friends Say “Wow!” (These costume parties, which include themes like “pirate,” “bookworms,” and “rock stars” would be fun any time of year.) And if you’re a DIY girl who wants to beef up (or acquire) some sewing skills, check out Jane Bull’s Get Set, Sew: The Beginner’s Sewing Machine Book, which includes general pointers and 20 step-by-step projects.
Enough from me — now I want to hear from YOU. Have you read any of the books above? What are your favorite spooky books? What other reads do you recommend for Halloween? Tell me in the comments below!