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    Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds – Illustrated by Chris Priestley 

    Will knows The Rules. He knows that when someone you love gets shot there are three simple rules to get through the days. So when his brother Shawn is shot and killed, Will gets on them straight away.  Rule number 1 – no crying. Not a single tear. Rule number 2 – No Snitching. Not to the police, your mum or anyone. Rule number three – Get Revenge. Find the one who pulled the trigger and pull one right back at them.  So will jumps in the elevator and presses L. L for Loser. L for Lobby. L for a Long Way Down. Can Will’s journey to street level change…

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    The Shiverton Hall Series – Emerald Fennell

    Shiverton Hall is a school with a sinister reputation, as its newest pupil, Arthur Bannister is about to find out. But the spine-chilling tales, evil spirits and unearthly noises are the least of Arthur’s worries. It’s his friends he need to watch out for…  *** The Shiverton Hall series is currently made up of 2 books, set around Arthur Bannister and his move into Shiverton Hall school. He gets a scholarship there having never heard of the school and gets an odd feeling about it right from the start.  The ghost stories start from his very first night and he is, at first, sceptical to say the least. But as…

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    Through Dead Eyes – Chris Priestley

    “The plane dipped out of dazzling sunshine into a grey mass of cloud. Beads of rainwater scurried diagonally down the glass, trembling as they did so. The wing tip was obscured and revealed and obscured once again in rapid succession as the plane descended through the formless murk of cloud, until a darkened landscape was laid out beneath them.”  Arriving in a dark, damp Amsterdam, Alex isn’t convinced this trip will be any fun. His dad will be spending most of the time working and he’ll be bored. That is until he finds out Angelien, his dad’s editor’s daughter, has offered to keep him company. On their first day in…

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    Frost Hollow Hall – Emma Carroll

    “’The Combe Vale Chronicle Tuesday 7th February 1871 A Terrible Tragedy A most terrible incident has occurred at Frost Hollow Hall, the country estate of Viscount Barrington near the village of Frostcombe.  Lord Barrington’s only child, Christopher, died tragically yesterday afternoon whilst skating alone on a frozen lake in the grounds. It appears that he fell through ice too weak to bear his weight, an came to grief in the cold water.’” It is the cold winter of 1881 and Till is dared by the butcher’s boy to go ice skating, little does she know his desired destination for this is a frozen lake in the grounds of the villages…

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    Into The Grey – Celine Kiernan

    “We were watching telly the night Nan burnt the house down. It was March 1974, and I was fifteen years of age. I thought I lost everything in that fire, but what did I know about loss? Nothing, that’s what. I would learn soon enough.” When Patrick’s Nan burns down his family’s home and they are forced to move into a house they usually rent in the summer, Patrick is sure things can’t get any worse, he has lost everything and his parents are falling apart. However then Dominick, his twin brother, seems to become distant and the two of them receive ghostly visitors, have nightmares and Dom is dying…

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    Memory – Christoph Marzi

    “The nameless girl lost her history in the hour before midnight. But that dark, glassy night seemed to be the start of everything. Silence lay like a mist over a landscape that appeared to consist of nothing but shadows and silhouettes. One feeble street light illuminated that forsaken corner which was no place for a girl at that time of night.” When Jude seems the girl sat on the bench he knows something isn’t right, first of all she doesn’t respond when he calls out to her, then screams as if she’s been woken up when he touches her and finally, she cannot remember anything. Jude is used to seeing…

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    Constable & Toop by Gareth P Jones

    “Her mother coughed; a dry, throaty cough that sent a splatter of bloody phlegm into the palm of her hand, before she fell back and died, leaving Emily lone and orphaned.  At the time, Emily had childishly believed this final cough was her mother’s body ejecting all of its blood before dying. She realised how very wrong she was as the red liquid now gushed from her own throat. The human body contained much more than a handful of dry blood. The murdering hands that were taking Emily’s life were covered in it.” In the land of the dead, there’s something strange afoot. Ghosts are going missing from haunted houses.…

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    Beyond – Graham McNamee

    “I remember dying. After I got injured my heart stopped and I flatlined.  I was done and gone. But I wasn’t alone. There was something waiting for me when I died. Something dark and cold tried to take my soul away.  When they brought me back to life I escaped from it. Left it behind.  But what if it came back with me, followed me home like a hungry stray?” Jane is no stranger to life threatening accident. She has almost died many times, she was even born dead. Everybody at school calls her and her best friend Lexi the Creep Sisters, but Lexi is the only one who understands…

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    The Hunting Ground – Cliff McNish

    “Dead things can sound alive when they choose. Dead things can move around. At first nothing woke sixteen-year-old Elliott. Asleep in bed, he failed to notice the eerie whispered rhymes. Or the sighs. Or the footsteps. Those footsteps came lightly and swiftly towards him – someone or something running incredibly fast across the floors of the old house. A presence long dead was on its return to the world of the living.” Elliott and his brother, Ben, have spent their lives moving from one house to the next whilst their dad renovated houses. They live in the houses as their father does the work, but Glebe House has to be…

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    Anna Dressed In Blood – Kendare Blake

    “The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway – no pun intended. So is the loose and faded leather coat, though not as much that as the sideburns. And the way he keeps nodding and flicking his zippo open and closed in rhythm with his head. He belongs in a chorus line of dancing Jets and Sharks.” Cas is a ghost hunter, just like his father. He travels across the world with his mother tracking down ghosts who don’t even know they’re dead, until they go crazy and kill humans who encounter them. His latest track is Anna Dressed in Blood, a girl who’s throat was slit in 1958 and who…