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Favourite horror books for older children

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Looking for things that go bump in the night and give you a shiver down the spine? You've come to the right place...

These book sare perfectlly scary for older children but not quite as scary as our teen booklist.

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  • Coraline

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean

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  • Coraline

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean

    One day Coraline unlocks a mysterious door that opens onto another world, a twisted parody of Coraline's own dimension.

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  • Haunted

    Author: Susan Cooper Joseph Delaney Berlie Doherty Jamila Gavin Matt Haig Robin Jarvis Derek Landy Sam Llewellyn Mal Peet Philip Reeve

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  • Haunted

    Author: Susan Cooper Joseph Delaney Berlie Doherty Jamila Gavin Matt Haig Robin Jarvis Derek Landy Sam Llewellyn Mal Peet Philip Reeve

    A scintillating selection of supremely scary tales from 11 well-known children’s authors

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  • The Front Room

    Author: Michelle Magorian Illustrator: Vladimir Stankovic

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  • The Front Room

    Author: Michelle Magorian Illustrator: Vladimir Stankovic

    Hannah and her brother Benjy are on holiday. But instead of relaxing, Hannah is terrified: convinced there's something dreadful in…

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  • The Front Room

    Author: Michelle Magorian Illustrator: Vladimir Stankovic

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  • The Front Room

    Author: Michelle Magorian Illustrator: Vladimir Stankovic

    Hannah and her brother Benjy are on holiday. But instead of relaxing, Hannah is terrified: convinced there's something dreadful in…

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  • The Enemy

    Author: Charlie Higson

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  • The Enemy

    Author: Charlie Higson

    When the sickness came, the adults became ill. The lucky ones died but many mutated into brainless, deformed monsters with a seemi…

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  • The Witches

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

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  • The Witches

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Real witches disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they de…

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  • Trollhunters

    Author: Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

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  • Trollhunters

    Author: Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

    This black comedy has a highly visual, cinematic feel. It is wildly imaginative and rich in description, comedy gore and elaborate…

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  • Dancing Jax

    Author: Robin Jarvis

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  • Dancing Jax

    Author: Robin Jarvis

    Sinister occultist Austerly Fellowes died in 1936. Didn't he? A truly disturbing supernatural thriller which may well keep readers…

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  • The Toymaker

    Author: Jeremy de Quidt Illustrator: Gary Blythe

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  • The Toymaker

    Author: Jeremy de Quidt Illustrator: Gary Blythe

    Mathias’ life is in danger. He is being pursued by the evil Dr Leiter and his cruel dwarf, for a small, blank piece of paper…

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