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S2 Book Talks– Booktober – Horror – October 2019

The focus for Booktober is Horror.

Monster by CJ Skuse

In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be a happy Christmas. But no-one knows just how bad things will get! As snow falls, cutting them off, stories of the monstrous beast that stalks the hills become terrifyingly plausible: something is out there, something murderous! It’s a classic set up and C.J. Skuse squeezes every thrill and heart-stopping moment out of it, adding a breezy, sardonic humour just right for teen readers. Grisly, nail-biting fun!  ~ Andrea Reece LOVEREADING4KIDS

Say Her Name by Juno Dawson

Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear…But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it? Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror – five days – but what does it mean? And who left it there?

Under My Skin by Juno Dawson

Sally Feather is a shy seventeen year old who secretly longs to be wild, so when she’s offered a free tattoo she agrees. But before the night is over, the tattoo, Molly Sue has started talking to her. Sally is about to learn that beauty and popularity come at a very high price…

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

The Bunker Diary is award-winning, young adult writer Kevin Brooks’s pulse-pounding exploration of what happens when your worst nightmare comes true – and how will you survive? I can’t believe I fell for it.  It was still dark when I woke up this morning.   As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was.  A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete.

There are six little rooms along the main corridor.

There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out.

Escape From Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

This follows teenage criminal Alex Sawyer as he is thrown into Furnace Penitentiary, the world’s worst prison for young offenders. Action, horror, friendship, gore, heroism and hope—Furnace is fresh and ferocious, breathtakingly scary, relentlessly addictive, and utterly unforgettable.

A Skinful of Shadows Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge weaves a dark, otherworldly tale in A Skinful of Shadows. When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space inside them, perfect for hiding.

Makepeace, a courageous girl with a mysterious past, defends herself nightly from the ghosts which try to possess her. Then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard for a moment.

And now there’s a ghost inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, but it may be her only defence in a time of dark suspicion and fear. As the English Civil War erupts, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.

Zom-B by Darren Shan

From the master of teen horror, Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. As Darren says, It’s a big, sprawling, vicious tale…a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed! LOVEREADING4KIDS