13 creepy middle grade books to read this Christmas

13 Spooky, Gothic, and Wintery Middle Grade Books to Read This Christmas

13 Victorian Gothic and other Creepy Kids Books for Christmas

There’s no better time to read spooky stories than at Christmas (other than Halloween, of course.) So here’s a list of 13 Victorian Gothic or otherwise creepy, spooky, and perfectly atmospheric middle-grade books to read this winter (in no particular order!).

(All book covers are copyright of the respective publishers.)


13 Spooky Ghost Stories for Christmas — Middle Grade

1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
When better than childhood to learn about the horrors we create in our own lives?! 


The Year of Shadows: 13 Spooky, Gothic or Creepy Middle Grade Books for Christmas

2. The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand
Featuring a “complex and utterly real heroine who is suffering from one misfortune and indignity too many–and that’s before the ghosts arrive.”


The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley - 13 creepy middle grade books for Christmas

3. The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley
A chilling, frozen tale that “has the capacity to give children a pleasingly good scare.” Bwahah!


The Last of the Spirits by Chris Prietstly, a Retelling of A Christmas Carol

4. The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley
A retelling of A Christmas Carol featuring two street kids in Victorian London.


The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling: 13 creepy middle grade books for Christmas

5. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (and the rest of the series!)
Not really spooky… but mysterious, hilarious, and Victorian!


Greenglass House by Kate Milford: 13 spooky middle grade books for Christmas

6. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
A freezing cold yet spooky and sweet middle-grade story. I listened to this one on audiobook and really enjoyed it.


 

The Gravedigger's Son by Patrick Moody: 13 spooky middle grade books to read for Christmas

7. The Gravedigger’s Son by Patrick Moody
“A Digger must not refuse a request from the Dead.” —Rule Five of the Gravedigger’s Code.



13 spooky middle grade books to read for Christmas

8. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Not really spooky or gothic but it has a fun Christmas scene… and Morrigan rocks.


13 spooky middle grade books to read for Christmas

9. Great Ball of Light by Evan Kuhlman
A  creepy tale with a super cool cover.
(excerpt!) “It’s just past midnight, and my brother, Fenton, and I are pushing a wheelbarrow holding our undead grandfather, who we dug up at a cemetery a mile from our farm. There’s one of us on each handle—pushing a sort-of-dead guy is a two-kid job.”


13 spooky middle grade books to read for Christmas

10. Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
A gothic children’s classic! This book is one of my own favorites from when I was a middle-grade reader.


Frost Hollow Hall - 13 spooky middle grade books to read this Christmas

11. Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll
A ghostly middle-grade historical fiction… “Kit needs Tilly to solve the mystery of his death so that his spirit can rest in peace. In order to discover all she can, Tilly gets work as a maid at Frost Hollow Hall. But the place makes her flesh crawl. It’s all about the dead here, she’s told, and in the heart of the house she soon discovers all manner of dark secrets . . .”

 


13 creepy middle grade books to read this Christmas

12. The 12 Screams of Christmas: Goosebumps Most Wanted  by R.L. Stine
Because it isn’t a list of spooky middle-grade horror without R.L. Stine, is it?! No!


13 creepy middle grade books to read this Christmas

13. Lilac Skully and the Haunted House by Amy Cesari
What could be creepier than being all alone in your own horribly haunted house?


Hope you enjoy these creepy reads… and keep the ghostly spirit of joy alive in your heart this holiday season!

13 creepy middle grade books to read this Christmas

13 creepy middle grade books to read this Christmas

13 spooky middle grade books to read this Christmas

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