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Shadows and Secrets: A Southern Gothic
If you’re considering heading south for the winter, be forewarned: as
the characters in these books discover, rambling estates and Spanish
moss can hide secrets, both supernatural and otherwise.
--selected by Kate Quealy-Gainer, Assistant Editor
Tony. City of the Dead.
Scholastic, 2009. Gr. 4-7
Fourteen-year-old Derek finds himself on the run through the
shady streets of New Orleans when his family returns from the dead
possessed by evil spirits. (BCCB 1/09)
- Blume, M.M. Tennyson. Knopf, 2008. Gr. 6-9
In this Depression-era family drama, eleven-year-old
Tennyson and her sister are sent to live with their unstable aunt in
her ruined mansion after their mother leaves town. (BCCB 4/08)
- Clement-Moore, Rosemary. The Splendor Falls. Delacorte,
2009. Gr. 7-12
After a serious injury ends her dream of being a dancer,
Sylvie spends the summer at her father’s ancestral home, where she
encounters romance, family legends, and resident ghosts. (BCCB 10/09)
- Cusick, Richie Tankersley. Walk of the Spirits. Speak/Penguin,
2008. Gr. 7-9
Miranda and her mother seek refuge in a sleepy Louisiana
town after a hurricane destroys their Florida home but find more than
they bargained for when Miranda starts hearing voices. (BCCB 6/08)
- Garcia, Kami and Margie Stohl. Beautiful Creatures. Little, 2009.
Civil War ghosts, secret libraries, and star-crossed lovers
abound in this darkly captivating story of Ethan and Lena, the
mysterious and tortured girl to whom he is drawn. (BCCB 1/10)
- Hall, Barbara. The Noah Confessions. Delacorte,
2007. Gr. 7-10
California girl Lynne finds herself questioning her own
sanity when she learns of a tragic family secret through a series of
old letters written by her deceased mother. (BCCB 09/07)
- Kate, Lauren. Fallen. Delacorte, 2009. Gr. 7-10
When Luce is shipped off to the ominously named Sword and
Cross boarding school in Savannah, she finds herself drawn into an epic
battle between good and evil. (BCCB 2/10)
- Miller, Kirsten. The Eternal Ones.
Razorbill/Penguin, 2010. Gr. 9-12
The devil himself makes an appearance in this supernatural
romance that follows Haven Moore as she leaves her small Tennessee town
in pursuit of a man she feels she has known forever. (BCCB 9/10)
- Mitchell, Saundra. Shadowed Summer. Delacorte, 2009.
“Where y’at, Iris?” whispers a ghost into Iris’ ear, and
suddenly fourteen-year-old Iris’ enduring game of spirit-hunting with
her friend Collette takes on a frightening reality in this classic yet
contemporary ghost story. (BCCB 2/09)
- Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Jade Green: A Ghost Story.
Recently orphaned, Judith makes her way to her uncle’s
rambling South Carolina estate, where her presence awakens the spirit
of a young murdered girl looking for vengeance. (BCCB 2/00)
- Nelson, R.A. Days of Little Texas. Knopf, 2009.
A haunted plantation is to be the site of fifteen-year-old
preacher Little Texas’ next sermon, but he undergoes a crisis of faith
when the spirit of young girl he failed to save visits him. (BCCB 10/09)
- Sanders, Scott Loring. The Hanging Woods: A Novel.
Houghton, 2008. Gr. 6-9
In a rural Alabama town in 1975, the discovery of a
devastating family secret leads thirteen-year-old Walter to act out
violently, and his best friends become the targets of his wrath in this
deeply unsettling but provocative mystery. (BCCB 3/08)
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