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Katie's getting a new BFF--whether she likes it or not. Katie Walsh is majorly bummed when her BFF moves away. But her hopes soar when the new girl at school, Whitney, befriends her right away and invites her to spend the night at her house for a sleepover. Katie loved sleepovers with her old BFF, so she's sure she will have a great time. But Katie doesn't have a great time. Something is not quite right at Whitney's house. Whitney seems really, really into her dolls...and later that night, Katie's convinced that the dolls are threatening her.The next morning, a freaked-out Katie decides that maybe she hasn't found a new best friend, after all. Whitney, however, has made up her mind about Katie--they're going to be best friends forever...no matter what.This too-close-for-comfort friendship tale is ranked a 5 on the Creep-o-Meter.
An obsessive crush puts partygoers in danger in this delightfully scary story. Kayla Evans wants to be in the popular crowd. She wants it so much that she looks the other way whenever queen bee Alice Grafton is rude to her and to everyone else. It seems like Alice only likes one person: her crush, Nick Maroulis. She is totally obsessed with making him like her too, so much so that she mixes a love potion into the punch at her big party over the weekend. But when the party comes to a sudden halt, Kayla realizes that it was no love potion that Alice put in the punch. Now it's up to Kayla to find the mysterious girl who sold the potion to Alice and get the antidote before everyone suffers from Alice's mistakes...permanently. This terrifying tale is rated a Level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.
Every home has its secrets...For Nora, the truth starts to be revealed on Halloween night.It's been a bad few months for Nora Wilson. There was a huge fire in her family's apartment this summer, and her parents have been acting superweird ever since. They won't let her or her brother out of the apartment anymore, not even to go to school. So when Nora's parents say she can go trick-or-treating on Halloween, Nora is thrilled. And she's even more thrilled to make a new friend, Caitlin, who just moved into the apartment building. Caitlin knows nothing about what happened to Nora's family, but she does seem to know a lot about the ghosts that are rumored to haunt the building. As she shares these ghost stories with Nora, Nora can't help but be chilled by them. Are they hitting just a little too close to home? This spooky story is rated a Level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.
A new year means new frights for party guests at the Peterson home... It's New Year's Eve, and for the three Peterson sisters, that means their family's huge bash. Their house is the perfect place for a party--if you don't mind the drive. That's because the Petersons live way out at the edge of town, where there are no other houses for miles... except for the old one next door that's been abandoned for as long as anyone can remember. The Peterson girls have seen strange things going on at that house over years, but they've always been able to dismiss them. Until now. This New Year's Eve, the mysteries hidden in the house "want" to be discovered. And they won't be ignored any longer... This haunting tale is rated a Level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.
P.J. Night's latest installment in the spooky and spectacular Creepover series for middle-grade girls is a level 5 on the Creep-o-Meter.In Is She For Real?, Bethany has just moved to Old Warwick, a quaint old town that is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Warwick. Lady Warwick lived centuries ago and died of a broken heart...but her grave was found empty shortly after her death. Legend says that Lady Warwick was buried alive and still roams Old Warwick today in search of her lost love. Bethany hears all about the legend from her new friends and thinks it's all pretty corny--until really strange things start happening to her. With a ring on her finger that looks just like the one Lady Warwick wore, and a new boyfriend with chilling similarities to Lady Warwick's lost love, Bethany's friends have to wonder: Is real life imitating legend...or becoming legend? This tale is a level 5 on the Creep-o-Meter. Super scary!
This is one ghost who is determined to get his way...no matter what the price.Maggie Kim's parents have always dreamed of operating their own hotel, so when the historic Wharton Mansion goes up for sale, they see it as the perfect opportunity to open their own ski lodge. This weekend, Maggie and her family are going to check the place out and perhaps even buy it on the spot. But Maggie doesn't want to move to a run-down old mansion all the way up on a desolate mountain--and the ghost that lives there doesn't want her there either . . . a ghost that will stop at nothing to get his way.This haunting horror story is rated a Level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.
Halloween is more than haunted in this superscary superspecial addition to Spotlight's popular tween horror series.When Ashley McDowell's parents first told her they were moving from the big city to a one-stoplight farm town, she was convinced that she was going to hate living in Heaton Corners. But to Ashley's surprise, she loves it. Everyone is super welcoming, especially her new friends. Plus, it's October and there's the town's Harvest Festival, and, of course, Halloween. But when Ashley starts making plans for Halloween night, she is shocked to find out that her new friends are forbidden to go trick-or-treating. Ashley convinces them to sleep over at her house and go trick-or-treating anyway, but she soon discovers that Halloween in Heaton Corners isn't like Halloween anywhere else. For one thing, everything seems so much more real...too real. Ashley can't help but think that maybe Heaton Corners doesn't need tricks and disguises to be terrifying on Halloween night.... This exceedingly scary superspecial features a glow-in-the-dark cover and bursts through Level 5 on the Creep-o-Meter.
Ancient artifacts provoke fresh fear when a night at the museum goes from fun to freaky!Jane is ready for the time of her life. Tonight she and forty-nine other girls will be spending an actual night in a museum! At first, she's making lots of new friends and having a ton of fun, but the stakes get raised when one girl, Daria, dares her to take a tour of the museum after lights out. The girls have heard that one of the mummies in the Ancient Egyptian exhibit comes to life when the museum closes. Jane accepts the dare. After all, there's no way a mummy can come to life. Or is there? And are there, perhaps, other secrets that will be revealed in a museum at night? This surprising story is rated a Level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.
Can an object really be cursed to give someone bad luck? There's only one way to find out...When a tattered, old tarot card falls out of Charlotte Torres's library book, she doesn't think much of it. It doesn't even bother her that there's a message written on the back: "Pass this card along or you'll be sorry!" But when horrible things start happening--things that seem like bad luck, but frighten Charlotte the most--she begins to believe in the power of the card and its message. She wants to get rid of it, but she doesn't want to pass it along and doom someone else to its curse. Will she be able to figure out a way to destroy the card for good? Or will the card destroy her life first? This mystical tale of misfortune is rated a Level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.
Birthday girl and queen of all things spooky, Kelly Garcia is all set to have the perfect night. First her parents are going out of town. And although they hired a babysitter, Kelly is excited to basically be on her own. And then there's the sleepover she's having--a virtual, webcam sleepover where she and her friends can scare each other silly by telling ghost stories and summoning the spirit of Miss Mary, a woman from their small town who died tragically a long time ago. But when her friends start disappearing one by one and the babysitter is nowhere to be found, Kelly starts getting scared . . . for real. Is Miss Mary's ghost kidnapping everyone? Will Kelly be next?quickly learns that this is no ordinary school play. Is it stage fright? Or is the play haunted? The Show Must Go On! will be a level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.
Gabby gets her fair share of frights at a country carnival in this spooky Creepover tale.Adventurous Gabby Carter is excited to visit her best friend Sydney in Sydney's new town in Iowa. Gabby is wondering what they're going to do, surrounded by cornfields, when they discover an amazing carnival full of kids their age...and two very cute boys. But then strange things start happening at the fair: the Tilt-a-Whirl spins a little too quickly, and the eyes of the painted face on the funhouse follow Gabby. Gabby can't believe she's the one begging cautious Sydney to leave the carnival--but Sydney won't leave! Can Gabby convince Sydney they don't want to find out how haunted this carnival truly is? This roller coaster of a story is rated a Level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.
In Ready for a Scare?, Kelly Garcia is all set to have the perfect night. Her parents are stuck out of town, and although they hired a babysitter, Kelly is excited to basically be on her own for the sleepover she's having in celebration of her birthday. It's a virtual, webcam sleepover where her friends can scare each other silly by telling ghost stories and summoning the spirit of Miss Mary, a local legend. But when her friends start disappearing one by one and the babysitter is nowhere to be found, Kelly starts getting scared...for real. Could Miss Mary's ghost be kidnapping everyone? Will Kelly be next? Ready for a Scare? will be a level 5 on the Creep-o-Meter. In The Show Must Go On!, Bree Hart has secretly wanted to act on stage for as long as she could remember--it's all she ever thinks about. Determined to make her dream come true, Bree tries out for this year's school play, The Last Sleepover --and gets the starring role! After a few creepy incidents on set and persistent nightmares at home, Bree quickly learns that this is no ordinary school play. Is it stage fright? Or is the play haunted? The Show Must Go On! will be a level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.
Jasmine is forced to face her darkest fears in this Creepover tale that's as scary as they come.Jasmine Porter has always let her fear of the dark get the better of her: she even checks every nook and cranny of her room each night for monsters before she hides under the covers! But Jasmine's imagination kicks into overdrive when her dad brings home a creepy mask--a mask that looks eerily like the face of the boogeyman haunting Jasmine's dreams. Though her dad insists the mask is supposed to protect their home from evil spirits, Jasmine won't rest easy until the mask is gone. But Jasmine soon finds out that the mask may be harder to get rid of than she thought... This nightmare in disguise is rated a Level 5 on the Creep-o-Meter.
An overnight campout sets the stage for a monstrous scare!Jenna Walker has always been fascinated by the legend of the Marked Monster--the scarred half-bird, half-beast creature that is said to roam the forests around her hometown. Is the Marked Monster real or merely a myth? Jenna decides to find out once and for all by hosting a campout where she and her friends can search for the legendary beast.But as Jenna learns more about the Marked Monster, she realizes that the stuff of legend might be more real--and more sinister--than she could have ever imagined. Will Jenna meet the Marked Monster face-to-face...and will she be marked for life?The tale of this spooky campout is ranked a Level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.
A summer camp dream romance turns into a nightmare in this frighteningly fun addition to Spotlight's popular horror series.All the girls in Bunk 9 at Camp Minnehaha wake up one morning having had the same terrible nightmare about a sinister boy in an abandoned cabin in the woods. All the girls, that is, except goody-goody Samantha Harmon. The boy in Sam's dream was handsome, enchanting, and just so real. Even though Sam knows it's against the rules to venture into the woods without a counselor, she sets off in search of her dream boy--and finds him! Dennis Shaw is just like the boy from Sam's dream, and he seems really into her. The only problem is that Sam's twin sister Ali is jealous of Sam's new boyfriend, and she'll stop at nothing to make him her own. But when Dennis gets a little intense and says he wants to be together forever with his dream girl, neither Sam nor Ali realizes just how long forever might be.... The tale of this nightmare summer romance is ranked a Level 3 on the Creep-o-Meter.
During a round of Truth or Dare, Abby Miller confesses her crush on Jake Chilson. The only people who know her secret are her friends at the sleepover--and whoever sent her a text message in the middle of the night warning her to stay away from Jake...or else! But Abby isn't going to stay away from Jake, especially not after he asks her to the school dance. As the night of the dance comes closer, some very creepy things start happening to Abby. Someone definitely wants to keep her away from Jake. Is it a jealous classmate or, as Abby begins to suspect, could it be a ghost? meet her other friends at a sleepover party at her house. But as Emily prepares for the sleepover, strange things start happening at Drew and Vicky's--they only let Emily see into one room of their house, and there's a wolf that howls in their yard every night. Is Emily's overactive imagination running wild, or is there something really creepy about the new neighbors?
Emmy's new doll has strange powers over her best friend in this entrancing tale.Emmy Spencer and Lizzy Draper have been best friends since birth, but now that they're in seventh grade, they've begun to drift apart. Lizzy--insistent on being called Liz now--has a new group of friends, and she has gone out of her way to exclude Emmy from them. It's almost as if Lizzy doesn't want Emmy hanging out with her anymore. But then Emmy comes into possession of a doll that can change all that--a voodoo doll that will put Emmy in control of Lizzy's every move. Can she use the doll to save their friendship--or will it end up controlling them both? This bewitching book is rated a Level 3 on the Creep-o-Meter.
Don't miss the frights and fun as Beth tries to unlock the mysteries of her past in this mind-bending Creepover tale.Beth Picard has always felt a little different from her friends. For one thing, she doesn't remember anything about her life before she and her mother moved into the house they live in now. Then one day, Beth learns about a girl in a nearby town who looks like her...exactly like her. Could it be a long lost sister or cousin? Does this girl hold the key to Beth's memories? And if so, does Beth really want to know the truth about her past? Does she even have a choice? This terrifying tale is rated a Level 3 on the Creep-O-Meter.
Emily Hunter loves hanging out with her new neighbors. From their decked-out rec room to their almost-professional guitar playing, Drew and Vicky Strig are super cool. The only bummer is that Drew and Vicky are homeschooled and Emily's other friends haven't gotten to know them yet. So Emily comes up with a plan for everyone to meet--a big party and sleepover at her house!But as Emily gets ready for the party, she begins to wonder about Drew and Vicky. They won't let Emily into certain rooms in their house. And a wolf howls on their lawn every night. Is it only Emily's overactive imagination or are the new neighbors more than just a little strange? meet her other friends at a sleepover party at her house. But as Emily prepares for the sleepover, strange things start happening at Drew and Vicky's--they only let Emily see into one room of their house, and there's a wolf that howls in their yard every night. Is Emily's overactive imagination running wild, or is there something really creepy about the new neighbors?
In one of the scariest Creepovers yet, a class trip to the caves leads to underground horror. The seventh graders at Jefferson Middle School are superexcited to be going on their first-ever, overnight class trip to the famous Ravensburg Caverns. But what they don't know is that there are local rumors about the Ravensburg Caverns. Rumors that a group of kids one hundred years ago got trapped in the caves and never came out. Legend has it that if you listen closely, you can still hear the echoes of their cries. And unfortunately for best friends Kristi Chen and Olivia Pappas and a few of their friends, their fun trip away from home will take a turn for the worse when they stumble into the same trap--only to discover that their worst nightmares have come alive... This frightening fable is rated a Level 5 on the Creep-o-Meter.