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Scary Stories Treasury

Scary Stories TreasuryScary Stories Treasury

Alvin Schwartz

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 325

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 1985

Genre: Horror

Just how scary are these tales of horror? They are so frightening that this is one of the most often banned or challenged books in the country! This edition collects all three of the original Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books in one place. In these classic tales, perfect for reading out loud over a campfire or just creeping yourself out at night, you will encounter ghosts, living scarecrows, haunted houses, evil animals, escaped murderers, invasive insects, and sinister strangers. Balancing out the horror, many of the stories have a lot of humor too!

This is a perfect book for the horror lover. Many of the tales and images haunt me to this day. After I first read these stories as a kid, I was scared to even open the book again! My favorite story is “Harold”. A warning: the Scary Stories series has recently been republished with new illustrations by Brett Helquist. The original drawings by Stephen Gammell are far better and much scarier. Make sure to pick up a copy of the books with Gammell’s illustrations!

– Mr. Pearson


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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Alvin Schwartz, Genre: Horror, Page Count: 300-400, Part of a Series, Year: 1980s

Magician: Apprentice

Magician: Apprentice

Raymond E. Feist

Quick Stats:magician apprentice

Page Count: 512

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 1993

Genre: Fantasy

While this book is the beginning of the fairly long ʺRiftwar Sagaʺ, it is the first two books which truly stand on their own. Magician: Apprentice, and its second half, Magician: Master, are Raymond E. Feist’s classic fantasy novels and deal with the idea of magic in a unique and interesting way. The main character, Pug, is also a relatable and fun companion throughout the story.

Anyone who loves fantasy should have a go at these ones. They are classics of the genre.

Mr. Coleman



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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Raymond E. Feist, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 500-600, Year: 1980s

The Egypt Game

The Egypt Game

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 215e

Age Range: 10 and up

Year: 1986

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

April moves in with her grandmother, Caroline, temporarily so her mother can pursue her dream of a singer/actress. April does not make friends easily but when she moves into la Casa Rosada, she meets Melanie. Melanie and April share the interest of Egypt. With the help of Marshall, Elizabeth and later on Ken and Toby, the Egypt Game came to life. But when a murder happens in the neighborhood, suddenly the game seems a little too real.

The book is filled with life events many students can relate to as well as witnessing and reading the absolute power of imagination. This is a fun read for anyone in 7th grade and up.

Miss Samantha


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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Mystery, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1980s

Up From Jericho Tel

Up From Jericho Tel

E. L. Konigsburg Unknown

Quick stats: 

Page Count: 178

Age Range: 10 and up


Genre: Adventure, Humor, Mystery

Uninterested in the “clones” her age, perceptive 6th grader Jeanmarie Troxell befriends Malcolm Soo as they find dead animals to bury at a site they name Jericho Tel. One day, as they are digging a hole big enough for a dead Dalmation, they fall into a magical underground dimension. There they meet Tallulah, the spirit of an actress, who send them on missions of justice. The two 6th graders bond over this empowering and mysterious adventure that is all their own.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys adventures filled with peculiar, yet real and witty characters. The magic and strangeness of the mystery balances the smart use of language and genuine insights.

Ms. Allie

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: E. L. Konisgburg, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Humor, Genre: Mystery, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1980s



Ronald Dahl

Quick Stats:Unknown-1

Page Count: 221

Age Range: 9 and up

Year: 1982

Genre: Fantasy

This is a very silly and imaginative novel about an orphan named Sophie who gets kidnapped by a giant in the middle of the night. The giant’s name is BFG, short for “Big Friendly Giant.” He is the only giant in Giant Country who doesn’t eat humans. Every night when the human-eating giants visit human countries to eat people for supper, the BFG takes a suitcase full of glass jars and a net, and he collects things that only he knows how to catch. Using the contents of the glass jars, Sophie and the BFG devise a plan to make sure that the other giants will never be able to gobble up humans again.

Roald Dahl is the author of several other whimsical and funny novels, like James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Witches. This book is similar because it makes you laugh and it shows how kids can improve the problems they see in the world. The novel is organized into short chapters, which makes it easy to read quickly. I would recommend this book to anybody with a sense of humor who likes to daydream or come up with wild ideas.

Miss Rachel

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Roald Dahl, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1980s

A Map of the Known World

A Map of the Known World

Lisa Ann Sandell

Quick Stats:Unknown

Page Count: 273

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2011

Genre: Romance

Ever since her brother died in a car crash, Cora needs to get away. Her family is crumbling, high school is difficult at best, and she feels trapped within her hometown. For now, she escapes by drawing maps of unknown places and imagining herself there. She later meets Damian, who was in the car with her brother when he died. What will she uncover as she gets to know this strange boy?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) or Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries, Jinx). The story normalizes the very real experiences of losing a family member, strained relationships, and the desire to get out and explore the world

Ms. Kristina

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Lisa Ann Sandell, Genre: Romance, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1980s

Annie on My Mind

Annie on My Mind

Nancy Garden

Quick Stats:Unknown-1

Page Count:272

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 1982

Genre: Romance, LGBT

Liza and Annie are both 17-year-old New Yorkers who go to different high schools. The girls meet at a museum, become friends, and slowly realize that their feelings encompass more than friendship. Both Liza and Annie struggle with figuring out their sexuality, their relationship, and how to deal with a world that doesn’t accept you for who you are.

LGBT students or student who are struggling with their sexuality will find this book helpful and inspiring.

Ms. Kost

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Nancy Garden, Genre: LGBT Issues, Genre: Romance, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1980s