Teens: Looking for a book to match the fall chill in the air? Try one of these, from the Abington Community Library.
• “The Cemetery Boys” by Heather Brewer
When Stephen moves to the small, midwestern town where his father grew up, he quickly falls in with punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. But the town has a dark secret, and the twins are caught in the middle of it.
• “The Fall” by Bethany Griffin
A retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” in which Madeline and her twin brother, Roderick, suffer from the Usher family illness but she hears the House talking to her, filling her dreams, controlling her actions, and ensuring she never leaves the property.
• “Into the Grey” by Celine Kiernan
Set in Ireland in the early 1970s, this story stars twin brothers Patrick and Dom Finnerty, who have their world turned upside down when their house and all they possess is burned to the ground. Displaced, the family moves into their summer seaside cottage. Now in the middle of winter, the cottage seems dull, bleak, and quite eerie. Suffering from horrible nightmares, the boys’ bond of brotherly love is put to the test when they discover that the “goblin-boy” is not just a dream. When Patrick tries to rid them of the ghostly creature, it takes possession of Dom instead. Patrick realizes that in order to save his brother’s life, he must befriend this ghost and figure out what it wants and why before time runs out. The protagonist’s journey of self-discovery uncovers numerous family secrets, forges unlikely allies, and proves that the power of friendship, loyalty, and love are far stronger than he ever imagined.
• “Messenger of Fear” by Michael Grant
The Messenger of Fear brings justice to those who do wrong, creating frightening games where the players earn their redemption—or lose their sanity—and somehow Mara, 15, has become his apprentice.
• “Red Riding Hood” by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
The body of a young girl is discovered in a field of wheat. Her flesh mutilated by telltale claw marks. The Wolf has broken the peace. When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations. It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect. Could her secret love Peter be behind the attacks on her town? Is it her betrothed, Henry? Or someone even closer to her? As the men in the village hunt for the beast, Valerie turns to her grandmother for help. She gives Valerie a handmade red riding cloak, and guides her through the web of lies and deception that has held her town together for so long. Will Valerie discover the werewolf’s identity before the town is ripped apart? This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale, the happy ending could be hard to find.
• “Sisters of Blood and Spirit” by Kady Cross
Twin sisters, one living in the Shadow Lands — the realm of the dead — and one in the land of the living, are called upon to try and save a boy and his friends who have been marked for death by a long-dead serial killer.
• “White Space” by Ilsa J. Bick
A 17-year-old girl jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternative universe.
• “Zom-B Bride” by Darren Shan
B Smith considers making a sacrifice far greater and more surreal than any she has conceived before when she is reunited with the killer clown, Mr. Dowling, who desperately wants B as his partner in crime.
Sandy Longo is head of public services and assistant director at Abington Community Library. Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.