What is the allure of horror movies and books for so many teens? Some theorize that teens feel like every day is full of dread and that the horror genre offers consolation, as clearly it must be better to go to homeroom than being pursued through the woods by an axe wielding madman! Another thought is that horror snaps us out of our comfort zones, making us feel more alive, as in Not Dead.
Lock the door, close the shades, and get ready for some eye-widening, pulse-quickening reading and listening!
Emma is the Dead Little Mean Girl in this title by Eva Darrows. She loves her quiet life on the outskirts, playing video games and staying off the radar. When her nightmare of a new stepsister moves into the bedroom next door, her world is turned upside down. Quinn is a queen bee with a nasty streak who destroys anyone who gets in her way. Teachers, football players, her fellow cheerleaders--no one is safe. Emma wants nothing more than to get this girl out of her life, but when Quinn dies suddenly, Emma realizes there was more to her stepsister than anyone ever realized.
Amy Lukavics’ debut Daughters Unto Devils stills scares me when I recall it, and no doubt her latest, Nightingale, will cause an equally frightening shudder. At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn't be--independent, rebellious, a dreamer. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner's domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered--suburbia isn't the only prison for different women ...
For a truly horrifying experience, listen to Scowler, with Kirby Heyborne narrating. Each of author Daniel Kraus’ characters, including three childhood imaginary friends, teenager Ry, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother, is fully voiced. The family's tenuous peace is shattered by two shocking events: a meteorite's crash arrival in the farm's fields and the prison-break return of Ry's father, whose monstrous physical and emotional abuse led to his incarceration.
What if those scary stories told while gathered at the fire pit came true? That’s exactly what happens in Shawn Sarles’ title, Campfire! Sixteen-year-old Maddie Davenport and her best friend hike deep into the Colorado mountains to camp with friends and family. Away from their comfortable suburban homes, Chelsea goads Maddie into chasing after the group’s attractive trail guide, Caleb, and experiment with drinking. In one campfire story, mountain men kill intruders on their land by carving antlers into the victims’ foreheads. As campers are mysteriously and gruesomely murdered in ways that mimic the plots of these oral tales, readers will wonder if the group is truly alone in the mountains…
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