Barbara Harris

If you like the Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan

Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan

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The Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan begins with The Vampire's Assistant:
After traveling with Mr. Crepsley, the vampire who made him into a half-vampire, Darren returns to the freak show known as the Cirque du Freak and continues to fight his need to drink human blood.

We have eleven other books in the Cirque du Freak series that you would probably enjoy. They are all written by Darren Shan. Here are some other titles you might like: 

Abarat by Clive Barker
Abarat
by Clive Barker
Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, one day finds herself on the edge of a foreign world that is populated by strange creatures, and her life is forever changed.




The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos
The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs
by Jack Gantos
On an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday, a young girl named Ivy discovers a chilling secret in the basement of the Rumbaugh pharmacy across the street from the hotel where she lives with her mother.

 

 

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
The Secret Hour
by Scott Westerfeld
Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess.

 

 Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
Un Lun Dun
by China Mieville
What is Un Lun Dun? It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too - including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book. When twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go shockingly wrong.

If you like Horror

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Here are some titles that should keep you awake at night:

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
As Thaniel, a wych-hunter, and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, try to rid the alleys of London's Old Quarter of the terrible creatures that infest them, their lives become entwined with that of a woman who may be either mad or possessed.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley JacksonThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems  destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers-and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

Malice by Chris WoodingMalice by Chris Wooding
Once you get into the story, there's no way out. Everyone's heard the rumors. If you gather the right things and say the right words, you'll be taken to Malice, a world that exists inside a horrifying comic book. It's a world that few kids know about ... and even fewer survive. Seth and Kady think it's all a silly myth. But then their friend, Luke, disappears and suddenly the rumors don't seem silly after all. Malice is real. Malice is deadly. And Seth and Kady are about to be trapped inside it.

 

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray BradburySomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Appearing in 1962, this is the story of a diabolical carnival that wreaks havoc on the lives of the people of a small Illinois town. What would you do if your secret wishes could be granted by the mysterious ringmaster Mr. Dark? Bradbury excels in revealing the dark side that exists in us all, teaching us ultimately to celebrate the shadows rather than fear them.

If you like Down to the Wire by Shannon Greenland

If you like Down to the Wire, you may like other titles in the Specialists series. They include Model Spy, The Winning Element, and Native Tongue, all by Shannon Greenland.

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean.

Taken to Antarctica by the man she thinks of as her uncle for what she believes to be a vacation, Symone--a troubled fourteen year old--discovers that he is dangerously obsessed with seeking Symme's Hole, an opening that supposedly leads into the center of a hollow Earth.

If you like The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Apparently, you are not alone! There are a lot of holds on The Reckoning in our catalog. Here are some more titles that I hope you will enjoy! 

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend Lissa – the last Dragomir princess- must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken……

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. If you like this one, it is part of a series - #2 is Rebel Angels and #3 is The Sweet Far Thing.

If you like Evernight by Claudia Gray

Here are some other titles that I hope will keep you on the edge of your seat!

 

If you like Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Did you know that Eclipse is part of the Twilight Saga series? The first
two books in the Stephenie Meyer's series are Twilight and New Moon.

Here are some other titles that I hope you can't put down!

 

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.

Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle
both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she
belongs and with whom.

 

Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith.

If you like Julia's Kitchen by Brenda A. Ferber

  You will enjoy the following titles.

 

Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles.

Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs
the funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the
ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that
begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her
beloved great-uncle Edisto.

 

Everything On a Waffle by Polly Horvath.

If you like Walk two Moons by Sharon Creech

Here are some other titles by different authors you may enjoy.

 

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath.

Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British
Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human
nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents
are lost at sea.

 

Ida B : --and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly)
Save the World by Katherine Hannigan.

If you like The Clique series by Lisi Harrison

Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah.

Australian 11th-grader Amal is smart, funny, outspoken, a good student, and a loyal friend. She is also a devout Muslim who decides to wear the hijab, or head covering, full-time. The story tells of her emotional and spiritual journey as she copes with a mad crush on a boy, befriends an elderly Greek neighbor, and tries to help a friend who aspires to be a lawyer but whose well-intentioned mother is trying to force her to leave school and get married.

 

If you like more historical fiction

Cracker! : The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata.

A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.

 

Storm Warriors by Elisa Carbone.

In 1895, after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he hopes to join the all-black crew at the nearby lifesaving station, despite his father's objections.

 

Crispin : The Cross of Lead by Avi.