As this year’s Haunted Patten: Plague House event approaches, we thought that we would get ourselves in the mood with some favorite YA ghost stories. There are fabulous modern ghost stories to suit every liking– funny, sad, serious, mysterious, romantic, you name it. Click on any title below to learn more or to request a copy. And join us on the evening of Sunday, October 27th at the Solar Star Masonic Lodge for your chance to see the real thing….
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Graphic Novel. Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school, but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse.
On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming
Short Stories. In a lonely Illinois cemetery one cold October night, teen ghosts recount the stories of their deaths in different time periods, from 1870 to the present, to sixteen-year-old Mike, who unknowingly picked up a phantom hitchhiker.
The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington
Novel. New student Jade uncovers a murder mystery when she moves into a house haunted by the ghost of a beautiful, mean girl who ruled Jade’s high school.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Novel. Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
Novel. After fourteen-year-old classics prodigy Jack Perdu has a near fatal accident he meets Euri, a young ghost who introduces him to New York’s Underworld, where those who died in New York reside until they are ready to move on, and Jack vows to find his dead mother there.
I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
Graphic Novel. The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store.
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
Novel. Staying with their aunts over the summer, Neil Cady, his sister Bree, and their new friends Wesley and Eric, set out to explore Greylock Hall, an abandoned psychiatric hospital, which is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of Nurse Janet.
Thornhill by Pam Smy
Hybrid novel/graphic novel. Parallel plotlines set in different times, one told in text and one in art, inform each other as a young girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door.
Ghost by Doug TenNapel
Graphic Novel. When he is accidentally transported to the spirit world by a washed-out ghost wrangler, Garth Hale discovers that the world’s evil ruler wants his unique powers, and so he teams up with some unlikely allies to find a way home.
Mercy: The Last New England Vampire by Sarah L. Thomson
Novel. 14-year-old Haley Brown has a new stepmom, a cousin dying from a terminal illness and the boy she likes is dating her best friend. But worse is to come when she digs into her family history. Just what–or who–has Haley unearthed? Inspired by a true story about a disturbing New England tradition, what secret is explored that causes Haley to think twice about what lies beyond the grave?
Sheets by Brenna Thummler
Graphic Novel. When Marjorie, a practical teen in charge of her family’s laundry business, encounters Wendell, a ghost seeking purpose in the forbidden human world, the pair must find a solution to Wendell’s hauntings that are causing chaos in Marjorie’s life.
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Novel. In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy’s novel, slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Novel. In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Novel. Followed everywhere by the ghost of her recently deceased best friend, Hannah investigates the serial murders of young girls in her community.