Spooky tales and gunpowder ... Autumn reading for our younger members

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Here at Calibre we love this time of year with the trees decked out in their orange and red autumn leaves, conkers dropping from their branches and landing at our feet and of course a double whammy of festivities with Halloween and then bonfire night following hot on its heels. To give you some great autumn reading, we’ve compiled some of our best spooky reads for you.These are all books that feature more than one spooky tale; great stories to read that are short but perfect for celebrating all things ghosts and ghouls. And if you prefer the festivities of November 5th rather than Halloween, we’ve thrown in a few books centred around fireworks and the gunpowder plot too.

 

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Short and Scary by Louise Cooper (KS1-2)

Even though they’re short some of these stories are spooky, some of them are funny and some are a little bit creepy. But they are all guaranteed to give you a scare! This book was recorded as part of the Social Action Zone project at the Conservative Party Conference 2011 and read by members of the government.

Short and Spooky by Louise Cooper (KS1-2)

Even though they’re short some of these stories will make you shriek, some will make you laugh and some will make you gasp. But they are all guaranteed to give you a fright! This book was recorded as part of the Social Action Zone project at the Conservative Party Conference 2011 and read by members of the government.

Dust 'N' Bones by Chris Mould (KS3)

A mix of old ghostly stories re-told and brand new spooky tales. There's the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (which will curl your toes up) or By The Fireside (which will make your hair stand on end) or A Bedtime Tale (which will make you shiver in your slippers).

A Book of Ghosts and Goblins by Ruth Manning Sanders (KS2)

Short stories of magic and mystery featuring tales of goblins, ghouls, ghosts and other mysterious spirits guaranteed to make you shiver.

A Book of Witches by Ruth Manning Sanders (KS2)

Short stories of magic and mystery that have been collected and retold in this anthology of 12 fairy tales from Europe. There are good witches and bad witches in these stories. Bad witches are quite powerful and can fly on broomsticks, stalks of ragwort or even old jars.

A Book of Wizards by Ruth Manning Sanders (KS2)

Short stories of magic and mystery. Each one of these eleven wizard stories transforms you into a magical world. Every country in the world has stories to tell about good and bad wizards.

Ghostly Tales for Ghastly Kids by Jamie Rix (KS2)

From spooky school dinners to the grubbiest ghost in the world, here are fifteen scary tales full of ghostly, ghastly, gruesome goings-on.

Ghosts: Usborne True Stories by Paul Dowswell (KS2/3)

About one in ten people claim to have seen a ghost. This collection of spine-chilling accounts describes actual events as they were reported at the time. From moonlit spirits in an English vicarage, to the 'Bell Witch' phantom of Tennessee, USA, you can make up your own mind….

Grizzly Tales for Gruseome Kids by Jamie Rix (KS2)

Fifteen tales. The greedy, the rude and those who tell lies learn their lesson.

Three Scary Stories by Frieda Hughes (KS2)

Three spinetinglers guaranteed to have you hiding under the covers! A spiders web starts catching more than flies; Granny gives a gift that will turn your hair white; and a wish goes horribly wrong.

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (KS3/4)

In this collection of fantasy folk tales, we uncover hidden legends of the peculiar world. A fork-tongued princess, a girl who talks to ghosts, and wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars are just a few of the characters whose stories will have you hooked.

Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley (KS3/4)

Uncle Montague lives alone in a big house and his regular visits from his nephew give him the opportunity to relive some of the most frightening stories he knows. But as the stories unfold, a newer and more surprising narrative emerges, one that is perhaps the most frightening of all.

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November...

Covers of the books featured for Bonfire night

Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens (KS3)

Daisy and Hazel have returned to Deepdean for a new school term, but there's a new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst, and a team of Prefects - and these bullying Big Girls are certainly not good eggs. Then, after the fireworks display on Bonfire Night, Elizabeth is found - murdered. Many girls at Deepdean had reason to hate Elizabeth, but who might have committed such foul play? Can Daisy and Hazel solve this mystery?

Black Powder by Ally Sherrick (KS2/3)

England, 1605. 12 year old Tom must save his father from hanging. A mysterious stranger called the Falcon, promises to help him in exchange for his service. But on the journey to London, Tom discovers the Falcon's true mission - a plot to blow up Parliament and Tom faces a terrible decision..

My Dad's a Fire-Eater by Roger McGough (KS2)

Disaster strikes on Bonfire Night and it is the Fire-eater who comes to the rescue.

The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman (KS2)

Lila wants to be a firework-maker but she needs special protection to survive the Fire-Fiend's flames.