October 17, 2009

7th Grade Saturday - Scary Books

This week I asked my students for titles of scary or spooky books they've read and enjoyed.  I got several titles but the over-all winner was:

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

One student wrote it down, and it had multiple arrows pointing to it saying "I agree".  I haven't read this one, but I'm thinking I need to listen to my 7th graders and read it!

Other books they listed were:

  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

  • The Old Willis Place also by Mary Downing Hahn

  • Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

  • Barney Goes to Halloween Town and There's a Monster at the End of This Book - both from when they were little

  • The Shining by Stephen King

  • Goosebump Series by R.L. Stine


  1. O The Shining scares me. I'm a major chicken.

  2. Wait Till Helen Comes even *looks* scary. Never heard of it before, but I actually think I want to read it without knowing the premise. I'm off to find out more about it now!

  3. Oh, yes. I read this one years ago (probably around the time I was in grade 7!). But it didn't have such a gorgeous cover at that time. In fact, the cover was pretty giggle-worthy (you can see it in all its cheesy glory here.

  4. I LOvE The Monster at the End of This Book, my grandparents used to keep it at their house and I remember always coming over to read it.

    And I also love the Scary Stories.

    Jill, you rock for bringing back some lovely childhood memories :-)

  5. Great list! I've never read any Hahn yet, but have heard so many good things about her books! The Goosebumps books were childhood favorites of mine; I just read The Shining last summer. It was creepy and good :)

  6. What about The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright? That spooked me about as much as Wait Till Helen Comes. I've always been a wuss. :)