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Here are some suspenseful and somewhat scary books that you may like if you like R.L. Stine.
Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
Here is the novel that established Clark as one of today's most phenomenally successful authors. After a terrible marriage and the tragic deaths of her two children, Nancy changes her name, hair, and residence and finally finds peace--until the nightmare begins again.
(This one is more suspense, but it will have you on the edge of your
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
I have some suggestions if you liked Secret of the Sirens by Julia Golding:
The gorgon's gaze by Julia Golding.
Mallins Wood is home to the last surviving gorgon, and Col's mother, the gorgon's supernatural Companion, is determined to save it from encroaching development--even to the point of endangering Col and his best friend Connie, the most powerful Companion alive.
The chimera's curse by Julia Golding.
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H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden: "Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E." (Book Description)
If you like H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education, you may also like these titles:
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive. You will love this evil-doer! Read all of the books in this series!
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester.
The perfect companion to H.I.V.E., except a little less evil. This is one of my favorites! When homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud reveals her ability to fly, she is quickly taken to a secret government facility to be trained with other exceptional children, but she soon realizes that something is very wrong and begins working with brilliant and wealthy Conrad to escape.
You might enjoy these titles if you liked The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket.
Shakespeare’s Secret, by Elise Broach.
Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school.
The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trent Lee Stewart.
There are many "addiction memoirs" in our collection. Some are funny, some are bleak and despairing, some a combination. Try these titles:
"Junky" by William S. Burroughs. May be the first book in this sub genre of memoir.
"Go Ask Alice" by Anonymous. A young adult classic and a cautionary tale. The diary of a young woman chronicles her descent into addiction.
"Manic: A Memoir" by Terri Cheney. A successful lawyer recounts her struggles with a biopolar disorder and substance abuse.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George.
The sequel to What My Mother Doesn’t Know is
Try ..The Clique Series by Lisi Harrison.
The first one is The Clique a Novel.
If you like A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone:
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen.