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Readings for Every Season

Click on the video to see which suspenseful books Anais O.,’21, recommends:

Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

“In the summer of 1982, five friends discover an ancient stone box hidden deep in the woods. They seal inside of it treasured objects from their childhoods, and they make a vow: Never come to the box alone. Never open it after dark. Never take back your sacrifice. Four years later, a series of strange and terrifying events begin to unfold: mirrors inexplicably shattering, inanimate beings coming to life, otherworldly crows thirsting for blood. Someone broke the rules of the box, and now everyone has to pay. But how much are they willing to sacrifice?"--Provided by publisher.



Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

"Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground."--Provided by publisher.


Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty—rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar—pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback. STOLEN is her gripping story of survival, of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare—or die trying to fight it.”—Publisher.


Click on the video to see why you might also enjoy reading junior Katherine P's recommendation:

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight, and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.”—Publisher.



Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

"For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire worlds from scratch: Mars craters, shimmering lakes, any virtual experience her heart desires. But she can't code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget. Until now. Because WAVE, the world's biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets to meet its billionaire founder. The same billionaire who worked closely with Opal's dad. The one she always believed might know where he went. The one who maybe even murdered him. What begins as a small data hack to win the contest spirals out of control when Opal goes viral, digging her deeper into a hole of lies, hacks, and manipulation. How far will Opal go for the answers--or is it the attention--she's wanted for years?"--Provided by publisher.


Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke

“Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together…(to create) this spellbinding tale (that) takes readers to a sinister, magical, and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous soldiers, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.”—Publisher.

Link to book trailer: https://youtu.be/8stQWe_N3Ck


Killing November by Adriana Mather

“A thriller set at a secretive boarding school where students are trained to carry on family legacies that have built—and toppled—empires.

November is as good as dead. She just doesn't know it yet.At the Academy Absconditi, there's no electricity, no internet, and an archaic eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes range from knife throwing and poisons to the art of deception. And the students? Silver-spoon descendants of the world's most elite strategists—all training to become assassins, spies, and master impersonators.

One is a virtuoso of accents—and never to be trusted. Another is a vicious fighter determined to exploit November's weaknesses. And then there's the boy with the mesmerizing eyes and a secret agenda. November doesn't know how an ordinary girl like her fits into the school's complicated legacy. But when a student is murdered, she'll need to separate her enemies from her allies before the crime gets pinned on her... or she becomes the killer's next victim.”—Publisher.


One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

"Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club" (EW.com) in this "flat-out addictive" (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.—publisher.

Link to official book trailer: https://youtu.be/KKUIKbkmarw

Link to author’s web site: https://www.karenmcmanus.com/


Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

“Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. “—publisher.


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke

“For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, American Horror Story and The Walking Dead comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best thriller and horror writers in YA.

Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick Templeman, April Genevieve Tucholke, Cat Winters.

A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and fresh and unsettling. Clever readers will love teasing out the references and can satisfy their curiosity at the end of each tale, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat.”—publisher.

Click on the link to read an interview with April Genevieve Tucholke, from BNTeen blog: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/april-tucholke-talks-horror-anthology-slasher-girls-monster-boys-and-zombie-apocalypse-buddies-8-18/


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

“Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.” --Publisher.


Ten by Gretchen McNeil

If you are a fan of thrillers like the movie Scream and/or mysteries like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, then this page-turner is for you!

“It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, both of which involve Kamiak High’s most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher. But what starts out as a fun-filled weekend turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. Suddenly, people are dying and the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?”—Publisher.


The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

“In Mary’s world there are simple truths: The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?”—Publisher.


There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

“It's been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she's still adjusting to her new life, and still haunted by her past in Hawaii.

Then, one-by-one, the students of Osborne High begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets.”—Publisher.


People Like Us by Dana Mele

This is a suspense novel that will keep you guessing.

“Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely.Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation.But if Kay's finally backed into a corner, she'll do what it takes to survive.” – Publisher.


The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

“Once readers have devoured Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, they can turn to this chilling reimagining from bestselling author Kiersten White. White’s version goes back to Victor Frankenstein’s childhood, when his family takes in a girl named Elizabeth Lavenza, and the two become inseparable. Elizabeth endures years of Victor’s anger and depraved whims, trying to keep her life in the process, in this captivating retelling that was named an NPR Best Book of the Year.”—readbrightly.com


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

“The monster in Conor’s backyard is not the one he’s been expecting — the one from the nightmare he’s had every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd—whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself—Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.”—Publisher.

“A masterpiece about life and loss that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned.”

Library Media Connection (starred review)

Link to the 2016 motion picture trailer: https://youtu.be/R2Xbo-irtBA


Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

“In the faux-documentary style of The Blair Witch Project comes the campfire story of a missing girl, a vengeful ghost, and the girl who is determined to find her sister—at all costs.

Once a year, a road appears in the forest. And at the end of it, the ghost of Lucy Gallows beckons. Lucy's game isn't for the faint of heart. If you win, you escape with your life. But if you lose....

Sara's sister disappeared one year ago—and only Sara knows where she is. Becca went to find the ghost of Lucy Gallows and is trapped on the road that leads to her. In the sleepy town of Briar Glen, Lucy's road is nothing more than local lore. But Sara knows it's real, and she's going to find it.

When Sara and her skeptical friends meet in the forest to search for Becca, the mysterious road unfurls before them. All they have to do is walk down it. But the path to Lucy is not of this world, and it has its own rules. Every mistake summons new horrors. Vengeful spirits and broken, angry creatures are waiting for them to slip, and no one is guaranteed safe passage. The only certainty is this: the road has a toll and it will be paid.

Sara knows that if she steps onto the road, she might not come back. But Becca needs her.

And Lucy is waiting.”—Publisher.


The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki

“Something sinister lurks in the woods...Gabe has seen it, or he thinks he has a shadow standing at the tree line, watching Gabe's house with faintly glowing eyes.Despite Gabe's misgivings, his new friend, Seth, relishes the creepy atmosphere of the forest. It's the perfect setting for his imaginary struggle against the Hunter, a deformed child-eating creature said to leave the bones of his victims in his wake. It's just a game, but it's all a bit much for Gabe, who quickly loses interest as summer ends and the days grow shorter.But then strange things start to happen. Frightening things. And Gabe knows it has to do with the dark figure watching him from the edge of the woods.Is Seth out to teach Gabe a lesson? Or is the Hunter more than just a myth? Gabe isn't sure which option is more horrifying, but he's determined to learn the truth before someone gets hurt...or worse.” –kidsreads.com.


The Best of the Best Horror of the Year: 10 Years of Essential Short Horror Fiction, edited by Ellen Datlow

“In this anniversary edition, (editor Ellen) Datlow brings back her favorite stories of the series’ last decade in a special edition encompassing highlights from each edition of the work.Encompassed in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as:Neil Gaiman, Kim Newman, Stephen King, Linda Nagata, Laird Barron, Margo Lanagan, and many others.”—Publisher.


Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

“Cas Lowood is a ghost hunter-- a loner who travels the country and rids towns of ghosts. Anna is the deadly ghost of a murdered girl who kills everyone who enters the home she haunts, except for Cas. (This is) a great tale for (those who love going to) haunted house(s).”—readbrightly.com

Link to author Kendare Blake’s web site: https://kendareblake.com/


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This is one of my favorites! It draws you into the story with suspense and unique characters.It just might surprise you in the end. – Mrs. Tegtmeier

“The Graveyard Book, a modern classic, is the only work ever to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) medals.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.”—Publisher.

There are many other titles, including classics, such as:

  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker, and many more!

Come to your Ramona Library to check out these and many more “spooktacular” books!

The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant

“In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe ‘The Black Mamba’ Bryant has decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary ‘Mamba mentality.’ Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to play it ‘the right way,’ The Mamba Mentality takes us inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, and creative basketball players ever.” –MCD, publisher.

Ramona athlete and member of the Legion of Literary Ladies, Alyssa S.,’21 (pictured at right), is looking forward to reading Kobe Bryant’s book and perfecting her skills on the basketball court!

Where She Fell by Kaitlin Ward

“Eliza knows the legends about the swamp near her house -- that people have fallen into sinkholes, never to be seen again, maybe even falling to the center of the earth. As an aspiring geologist, she knows the last part is impossible. But when her best friends drag her onto the uneven ground anyway, Eliza knows to be worried.And when the earth opens under her feet, there isn't even time to say I told you so.

As she scrambles through one cave, which leads to another, and another, Eliza finds herself in an impossible world -- where a small group of people survive underground, running from vicious creatures, eating giant bugs, and creating their own subterranean society. Eliza is grateful to be alive, but this isn't home. Is she willing to risk everything to get back to the surface?”—Scholastic, publisher.

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/hkq4z5mRsmE

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Muse of Nightmares is the “highly anticipated, thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer, from National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.

She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.

She was wrong.

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel,” which, according to a recent Kirkus Review, “surpasses the original.”—Little, Brown and Company, publisher.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

“Magnificently combining historical, scientific, political, and philosophical perspectives, Harari . . . explores twenty-one of what he considers to be today’s ‘greatest challenges.’ Despite the title’s reference to ‘lessons,’ his tone is not prescriptive but exploratory, seeking to provoke debate without offering definitive solutions. . . . Within this broad construct, Harari discusses many pressing issues, including problems associated with liberal democracy, nationalism, immigration, and religion.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Read Bill Gates’ book review of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (The New York Times Book Review): https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/04/books/review/21-lessons-for-the-21st-century-yuval-noah-harari.html

Author and historian Yuval Noah Harari’s web site:https://www.ynharari.com/

Video clip of author’s response to the question: “What is the most important question humankind faces today?:https://youtu.be/sI4tKfIC604