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Jun 10

Teen Summer Reading Suggestions: Magical Creatures & Horror

Posted on June 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

The 2020 Summer Reading Program theme is Imagine Your Story. Summer reading returns to the York County Public Library in June! This year's theme is Imagine Your Story, in which we celebrate fairy tales, folk tales, fables, mythology, and more. With that in mind, our librarians have created lists of suggestions of some of our favorite books — both physical and digital — available for you to check out from York County Public Library. We will feature these lists here throughout the month of June.

Magical Creatures & Horror Book Suggestions

Today we'll highlight our favorites from our magical creature book list and our horror book list.

Books featuring Magical Creatures

  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
    The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea book cover Summary: There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told.
  • The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
    Summary: In a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic, a desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial lady find a connection on the high seas.
  • The Screaming Staircase Jonathan Stroud
    Summary: This novel follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

Horror Book Suggestions

  • Gloom Town by Ronald L. Smith
    Summary: welve-year-old Rory and his friend Izzy try to foil the plans of Lord Foxglove, for whom Rory works as a valet, and his inhuman accomplices from taking over the world.
  • Serafina and the Seven Stars by Robert BeattySerafina and the Seven Stars book cover
    Summary: In 1900, the shapeshifting guardian of North Carolina's Biltmore estate faces deceptively dark and terrifying forces that make her question her own senses and whom she can trust.
  • Asylum by Madeleine Roux
    Summary: For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm—formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline's twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum's dark past. Featuring found photographs from real asylums.
Don't see something you like above? Never fear! We have plenty more wonderful books for you to check out. Click on the links below for a pdf of more book lists. Click on the book cover to request the book in our catalog. Summer Reading Program Details
Registration for the 2020 Summer Reading Program at York County Public Library starts June 8. This year, our Summer Reading Program will be exclusively online, using the Beanstack platform. All ages can log minutes spent reading, complete activities and earn badges. To earn prizes, reading minutes and activities must be logged between June 22 and July 31. For more information about the 2020 Summer Reading Program, visit our Summer Reading page.