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Middle School Fantasy Books

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Explore the paranormal worlds of fairies, scarecrows, ghosts and sorceresses with a little creepiness thrown in. These books are sure to keep you up all night long! 


In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll 

Forced to stay with a grandma she’s never met while her brother gets a heart transplant, Alice finds comfort in the Darkling Wood. Situated near her grandma’s cottage, this strange, mysterious place makes her feel safe and calm amid the upheaval in her life. Alice’s grandma wants the wood cut down, but not everyone likes the idea, especially Flo. But who is Flo and why is Alice the only person who can see her? As Alice learns the secrets of Darkling Woods, will she be brave enough to fight to save the wood? 


The Crooked Sixpenceby Jennifer Bell 

This is the first book in the Uncommoners series. When their grandmother is rushed to the hospital after a fall, strange things begin to happen and Ivy and Seb soon realize their lives are in danger. After traveling through a suitcase, they arrive in a secret, magical city called Lundinor where ordinary objects have magical properties. Ivy and Seb find themselves on an adventure to find The Great Uncommon Good if they want to save their parents. If you liked the Harry Potter series, give The Crooked Sixpence a try. 


City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab 

This is the first book in the Cassidy Blake series. Cassidy Blake’s parents are a ghost-hunting team called The Inspecters. But Cass is the only one who can see ghosts. Even her best friend Jacob is a ghost. When the Inspecters head to Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass and Jacob tag along. Scotland happens to be a very haunted place as Cass finds herself surrounded by ghosts. She meets Lara who also sees ghosts. Lara tells Cass they are In-betweeners – ghost hunters who travel back and forth between the living world and dead world, tasked with sending ghosts beyond the Veil. Cass now must permanently send the Red Raven beyond the Veil if she wants to survive. You can check this book out as an audiobook on Hoopla. 


Small Spaces by Katherine Arden 

Katherine Arden’s debut middle school novel, Small Spaces, is a supernatural page-turner centering around three friends: Ollie, Coco, and Brian. On the way home from a school field trip to Smoke Hollow, an alleged haunted farm, the school bus breaks down. The creepy bus driver warns the kids “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” As Ollie, Coco, and Brian take off into the woods, the bus diver calls after them, “Avoid large places. Keep to small.”  Why would he say that, and why are the scarecrows watching them? 



Nikki is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She enjoys reading fairytale retellings, historical fiction, and mysteries. Nikki has an obsession with iced tea and the British Royal Family. Her favorite “child” is her Lab, Scout.