Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"It Came From the Library:" Creepy books and thrillers to read in October

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
When fifteen-year-old Lexi's younger sister Kasey begins behaving strangely and their old Victorian house seems to take on a life of its own, Lexi investigates and discovers some frightening facts about previous occupants of the house, leading her to believe that many lives are in danger.

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their great Auntie Ida in an isolated village in 1958, they discover that they are in danger from a centuries-old evil and, along with village boys Roger and Peter, strive to uncover the horrifying truth before it is too late.

The Infects by Sean Beaudoin
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an "Inward Trek." As if that weren't bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn't going to be enough.

Ashes by Ilsa Bick
Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses. More in this series: Shadows, Monsters

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (new)
A collection of five spine-tingling short stories.

Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror edited by R.L. Stine
A collection of thirteen scary stories by bestselling and award-winning authors.

Darkwater by Catherine Fisher
Sixteen-year-old Sarah sells her soul to reclaim her family's estate and is given 100 years to atone for their sins, but as the bargain nears its end, modern-day Tom, yearning to attend the private school that Darkwater Hall has become, gets caught up in the bargain.

The Poisoned House by Michael Ford
As the widowed master of an elegant house in Victorian-era London slips slowly into madness and his tyrannical housekeeper takes on more power, a ghostly presence distracts a teenaged maidservant with clues to a deadly secret.

The Enemy by Charlie Higson
As a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers head to London. Ed, Jack, Bam and the other students at Rowhurst School learn more about the Disaster, and meet an adult who seems to be immune to the disease. Read more in this series: The Dead, The Fear, The Sacrifice, The Fallen

Scowler by Daniel Kraus
In the midst of a 1981 meteor shower in Iowa, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns to the farm where his nineteen-year-old son, Ry, must summon three childhood toys--Mr. Furrington, Jesus Christ, and Scowler--to protect himself, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother.

Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge by David Lubar
A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales of death, murder, and revenge.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad," but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist." Read more in this series: Game

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter. Read more in this series: Dust and Decay, Flesh and Bone, Fire and Ash

The End Games by T. Michael Martin
In the rural mountains of West Virginia, seventeen-year-old Michael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse.

Amity by Micol Ostow (new)
Two teens narrate the terrifying days and nights they spend living in a house of horrors.

Witch World by Christopher Pike
On a high school graduation road trip to Las Vegas, Jessie, still in love with ex-boyfriend Jimmy, discovers that she possesses extraordinary powers and the ability to exist in both the real world and an alternate one.

The Turning by Francine Prose
A teen boy becomes the babysitter for two very peculiar children on a haunted island in this modern retelling of The Turn of the Screw.

Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall
After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Kara and her father move to Japan, where he teaches and she attends school, but she is haunted by a series of frightening nightmares and deaths that might be revenge--or something worse. Read more in this series: Spirits of the Noh

The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
When a mysterious threat reenters the lives of twins Ben and Sheere, separated as babies and reunited as teenagers in 1930s Calcutta, the siblings must confront an unspeakable terror, with the help of their secret society of fellow orphans.

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle. Read more in this series: Her Dark Curiosity

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
After a series of suicide-killings and a deadly storm, the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting even more strangely than would be expected. Only the five witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it.

The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones
After a disturbing freshman year at New York University, Mimi is happy to get away to her father's remote Canadian cottage only to discover a stranger living there who has never heard of her or her father and who is convinced that Mimi is responsible for leaving sinister tokens around the property.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sign up now for the Lock In of Terror!

How would you like to have the entire library to yourself for one evening? Friday, October 24, 6-9 p.m., is the library's Lock In of Terror, open to grades 6-12.

Come in costume and take over the library after hours and have a frightful time enjoying pizza, games, and more!

You can register online, by phone: 847-428-3661 (press 3), or in person at the library.

New books

Hunt for Jade Dragon by Richard Paul Evans
Fourth book in the Michael Vey series. Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the Electroclan head to Taiwan in search of nine-year-old child prodigy Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, who the Elgen kidnapped for Hatch's army of electric children.

Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman
With Audrey Hepburn as her inspiration, nineteen-year-old Lisbeth strives to rise above her broken home, alcohol-abusing sister and friends, the culture of "the shore," and her mother's meager dreams for her but when she secretly tries on Audrey's iconic Givenchy dress, she gets a chance to become who she longs to be.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Sequel to The 5th Wave. Cassie Sullivan and her companions lived through the Others' four waves of destruction. Now, with the human race nearly exterminated and the 5th Wave rolling across the landscape, they face a choice: brace for winter and hope for Evan Walker's return, or set out in search of other survivors before the enemy closes in.

Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts
The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn't--couldn't--be friends with her. In hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note--then a friendship neither of them sees coming.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
A collection of five spine-tingling short stories.

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank
In this novel in verse, two very different girls bond while hospitalized for Crohn's disease.

Secrets and Lies by Jacqueline Green
Sequel to Truth or Dare. In Echo Bay, Massachusetts, a beach town haunted by misfortune, Tenley Reed, Sydney Morgan, and Emerson Cunningham come together to investigate a murder, while old mysteries resurface and new dares appear.

Heir of Fire by Sarah Maas
Third book in the Throne of Glass series. Royal assassin Celaena must travel to a new land to confront a truth about her heritage, while brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world.

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
When ugly rumors and lies about Alice Franklin start after one of the guys she allegedly slept with at a party dies in a car accident, questions about truth arise in her small town

My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak
Devastated when her parents are killed in a car accident, sixteen-year old Jackie moves from New York City to Colorado to live with her mother's best friend, who has twelve children, including two boys who start to show an interest in Jackie that goes beyond brotherly.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Isla has had a crush on classmate Josh since their freshman year at the School of America in Paris, but after a chance encounter over the summer in Manhattan they return to France for their senior year where they are forced to confront challenges every young couple in love must face.

Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer
A promising and popular student in middle school, Leon Harris has become a committed "slacker" but with graduation approaching and his middle school girlfriend possibly returning to town, Leon's best friend Stan, who claims to be Satan, helps him get back on the right track--for a price.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy's novel, slips into the "Afterworld" to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love.

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
The third most popular girl in school's choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic misfit ends in tragedy and self-realization.

New to the graphic novel collection:

Justice League Dark vol. 4: Rebirth of Evil

Black Widow 1: The Finely Woven Thread

Green Lantern Corps vol. 4: Rebuild

Green Lantern: New Guardians vol. 4: Gods and Monsters

The Walking Dead 21: All Out War

The Flash vol. 4: Reverse

Hellboy in Hell vol.1: The Descent

Batman: Li'l Gotham vol. 2

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight's Knowledge vol. 2

Black Science vol. 1: How to Fall Forever

The Movement vol. 1 : Class Warfare

 Avengers: The Legacy of Thanos