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Want a creepy story to get into the mood for fall?  Check out these haunting YA selections–they’ll have you sleeping with the light on!

Minor Prophets by Jimmy Cajoleas

Lee’s mother always told him his visions were not real.  Then she dies in a car accident. Lee and his sister Murphy move to their grandmother’s ranch, but something is not right.  Why did their mother never take them there?  And what horror lies behind Lee’s visions?

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Tea learns she is a necromancer when she accidentally raises her brother from the dead.  Rejected by her community, she begins training under an older bone witch. The start of a trilogy.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Alex is a powerful bruja, a witch, but she hates her magic.  At her Deathday celebration, she attempts to rid herself of her magic.  Instead, her family disappears.  Now she must ally herself with a brujo boy if she ever wants to see them again.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Annaleigh and her twelve sisters live in an isolated manor by the sea.  Now four of her sisters are dead.  Haunted by visions, Annaleigh begins to think her sisters’ deaths were no accident. Who–or what–are they dancing with every night?  A retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”

Brown Girl Ghosted by Mintie Das

Violet Choudhury has always been able to see spirits.  She has tried to ignore it, but when a cheerleader is found dead, she is going to need the spirits’ help if she wants to find the murderer.

The Last Apprentice Series: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

Old Gregory has long been the county spook, keeping the inhabitants safe from supernatural creatures.  But none of his apprentices has lasted.  Only one remains: Tom Ward.  But can Tom outwit a witch determined to get his bones?  The first in a series.

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

An illegitimate daughter of the aristocratic Fellmotte family, Makepeace has inherited the ability to serve as a vessel for spirits.  Unwilling to be used to house her ancestors, however, she attempts to find a way to escape.  But the country is descending  into chaos as the English Civil War rages.  Will Makepeace be able to find her way in a nation torn apart?

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Rory Deveaux arrives in London just in time to spot the key suspect in a series of gruesome murders.  It turns out, however, she is the only one who can see him.  Can she work with the secret ghost police to solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?  The first in the Shades of London series.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Though a lord’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth secretly studies forensics.  When she is drawn into a case involving a serial murderer, however, she realizes that her investigation might lead closer to home than she imagined.

The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

Young Edgar Poe has only one dream: to attend university so he can leave his foster family and marry his beloved Elmira.  Then a Muse finds him.  Muses are terrible creatures who lead Artists to ruin.  But this one, Lenore, wants Edgar to make the world remember her.