Darren Shan

If you liked . . .
the DARREN SHAN series,
you might like these books, too!

Novels about vampires:
Dixon, Franklin. Danger on the Vampire Trail
Kilworth, Garry. Vampire Voles. 
Rook, Sebastian. London, 1850.
Rook, Sebastian. Mexico, 1850
Rook, Sebastian. Paris, 1850
Stoker, Bram. Dracula
Wilson, Eric. Vampires of Ottawa

Novels about the supernatural:
Bedard, Michael. Redwork
Buffie, Margaret. The Warnings
Colfer, Eoin. The Wish List
Coville, Bruce. The Monster’s Ring. 
Gaiman, Neil. Coraline
Han, Mary Downing. Time for Andrew. 
Ibbotson, Eva. The Great Ghost Rescue. 
Jones, Diana Wynne. The Eight Days of Luke
Jones, Diana Wynne. The Time of the Ghost
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shadows on the Wall
Watson, Jude. Disappearance
Watson, Jude. Premonitions

Novels about circuses:
Corder, Zizou. Lionboy

Horvath, Polly. When the Circus Came to Town.
Lawrence, Iain. Ghost Boy

Novels about fear:
Chandler, Elizabeth. Don’t Tell
Haddix, Margeret Peterson. Among the Hidden
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Imposters
Peck, Richard. Are You in the House Alone? 
Slade, Arthur. Dust

Novels that are mysteries:
Howe, James. Sebastian Barth mysteries:
Eat Your Poison, Dear
Stage Fright
What Eric Knew
Riordan, Rick. Maze of Bones series:
The 39 Clues
Rose, Malcolm. Traces series:
Lost Bullet. 

Novels about good and evil:
Alexander, Lloyd. The Black Cauldron
Booth, Martin. Doctor Illuminatus
Cooper Susan. The Dark is Rising Sequence:
Over Sea, Under Stone. 
The Dark is Rising
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree
Funke, Cornelia. Inheart series:
Taylor, G.P. Wormwood

Classic horror stories:
Poe, Edgar Allan. Forgotten Tales.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein
Stoker, Bram. Dracula

More Recommendations!

Ruiz Zafon, Carlos. Prince of Mist.  New York : Little, Brown, 2010.
Thirteen-year-old Max Carver and his fifteen-year-old sister Alicia, along with their friend Roland, battle for their lives against an evil magician in a small seaside town during World War II. Full of action and suspense, this novel will be enjoyed by readers twelve to fourteen years old. (Historical fiction; Supernatural; Shipwrecks; Friendship; Moving, Household)

Did you know that vampire bats are called ‘New World’ leaf-nosed bats because they are found in Central and South America? Did you know that vampire bats drink blood? Vampire Bats (Abdo & Daughters, 1996) tells all sorts of fascinating facts about these creepy creatures. I learned that bats live on all the world’s continents except Antarctica, the polar regions, and a few ocean islands. I learned that vampire bats use echolocation to ‘see’ in the dark. I discovered that vampire bats are nocturnal and vampire bats babies often weigh 25 percent of their mother’s weight. Vampire Bats is a extraordinary book about the often-feared blood drinking animals. (Harman in grade eight)

Anderson, M.T. The Suburb Beyond the Stars. New York : Scholastic, 2010.
Friends Brian and Gregory have survived the Game of Sunken Places, but are once again drawn back to cousin Prudence’s house in Vermont, where they discover that something has gone very wrong with time, people have disappeared, and danger is lurking everywhere. (FVRL) (Supernatural; Space and Time; Vermont; Fantasy fiction; Good and evil; Friendship; Courage)

Ruiz Zafon, Carlos. The Midnight Palace.  New York : Little, Brown, 2011.
Ben has been raised in an orphanage in Calcutta, India.  He thinks he is alone in the world until he discovers, on his sixteenth birthday, that he has a twin sister.  He also discovers that a monstrous ghost from the past is trying to kill both of them. Set in the 1930s, this suspense-filled novel, translated from Spanish, will be enjoyed by readers eleven to sixteen years old.  (India; Historical fiction; Demonology; Orphans; Twins; Secret societies; Friendship) [Ms. Rosen]


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