Google+ Reading Teen: Top 5 Ghost Books by Leah Cypess, Author of Mistwood/Nightspell

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Top 5 Ghost Books by Leah Cypess, Author of Mistwood/Nightspell

Today as part of The Teen Book Scene blog tour for Nightspell (Mistwood #2) by Leah Cypess, we've given the blog over to Leah who is sharing her Top 5 Favorite Ghost Books!  Thanks, Leah!

Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost StoryWait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. This book, about a girl whose stepsister’s weird behavior has something to do with a long-dead child, is THE quintessential ghost book in my mind. I don’t remember how old I was when I read it, but I do remember that I had to get the book physically out of my room before I could even try to get to sleep.

(Oh, and if you check this out on Amazon, PLEASE do not read the spoilery SLJ review.)

Tom's Midnight Garden[2] Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce. When the clock strikes thirteen, Tom discovers an entrance to a long-gone world. More magical than scary, and a book I reread dozens of times as kid. I even wrote a book inspired by it, called “The Thirteenth Hour.” Fortunately, like most of my preteen writing attempts, that book is lost on an obsolete computer somewhere.

Passage[3] Passage by Connie Willis (adult). About a psychologist investigating near-death experiences. And the Titanic. And Alzheimers. And memory. Ultimately, it’s not exactly a ghost book, but a book about death itself – the stark fact of it, which is more terrifying than the scary tales we build around it.

Down a Dark Hall[4] Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan. In which a girl is sent to a very creepy boarding school. For someone who doesn’t really like being scared, I was pretty quick to snatch up every Lois Duncan book I could find as a teenager. I distinctly remember finishing one of them when I was home alone; I threw it across the room, curled up in a ball on the couch, and didn’t move until my parents got home.

Shade (Shade, Book 1)[5] Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (upper YA). About a future America where everyone below the age of 16 can see ghosts. It’s fascinating to me that this book came out at around the same time I was writing Nightspell, and I think it’s the only other book I’ve ever read that explores the concept of a society of ghosts. Also, as a former lawyer, I love the idea that ghosts seeking vengeance make the most annoying clients ever.

What do you think?  Have you read any of these books?  What are you're favorite Ghost books?

If you haven't read Mistwood, now is the perfect time to start, the second book, Nightspell is coming out May 31!  You can order it now!


1 comment:

  1. I don't know if it's a ghost book but The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson really gave me the creeps!



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