compiled and summarized by Emma Shacochis
The school year beginning means a bittersweet end to the free time summer gave us to pour through as many books as we wanted. However, with the seasons about to change, it seems like the perfect time to start thinking about which spooky, autumnal reads we can borrow from Fairfax County’s libraries this fall!
Pumpkinheads, by Rainbow Rowell
Seasonal best friends Josiah and Deja devote their last night working at their local pumpkin patch to talking to their longtime crush (Josiah), trying every snack available (Deja), and avoiding the need to say goodbye to one another.
Mooncakes, by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu
When the woods of their town begin to fill with ominous and supernatural creatures, werewolf Tam reunites with their childhood best friend Nova and her family of witches to whip up some magic to stop it.
Fake Blood, by Whitney Gardner
In order to get the attention of his vampire-obsessed crush Nia, AJ decides to go big and pretend that he’s the undead boy of her dreams. Foolproof, right? …Too bad that she’s secretly a vampire slayer.
Sheets, by Brenna Thummler
Lately, the bedsheets at Marjorie’s laundromat have been scattered across the floor each morning. It’s not the fault of faulty machines or the seedy businessman who’s trying to buy the store from her family – only ghosts!
The Lantern’s Ember, by Colleen Houck
Cross the bridge alongside Ember, her town’s only witch, and “lantern” Jack, the guardsman between worlds, into a nightmarish realm of every Halloween monster you’ve ever heard of – and worse.
When We Were Magic, by Sarah Gailey
Six teenage witches struggle to maintain their friendship while covering up crushes, insecurities, and an unfortunately high number of magical murders.
The Babysitter’s Coven, by Kate Williams
A group of teenage girls team up to make dinner, put the kids to bed, and use their supernatural powers to protect the world from evil – all in an evening’s work.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, by Kiersten White
When she’s taken out of her abusive home to be a companion of the serious, mysterious Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth is delighted by her new life. But the closer she gets to the family’s terrifying secrets, the more she realizes her own capabilities for darkness.
Grab your candy corn and dive into these fascinating reads!