Top 10 Best Ghost Story Books for 11-year-olds

Dare your kids to read these scary, spooky and spine-tingling stories! Featuring books by bestselling authors including Neil Gaiman, R. L. Stine and Jacqueline Wilson, see below for the best ghost story books for 11-year-olds.

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1. The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman

This bizarre yet brilliant novel stars Bod, a baby who escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family. Bod finds safety in the most unlikely of places: a graveyard. Brought up by the local ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has a unique childhood, learning about life from the dead. But the murderer is still out there looking for him... will he survive into adulthood? This stunning, eccentric novel features every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence.

2. The Glass Children

Kristina Ohlsson

When Billie and her mother move into their new house, they find the old, dilapidated building is filled with musty furniture and strange objects, including two small glass figures: a boy and a girl. Billie has the unnerving feeling that their neighbours are hiding a secret about the house. Then Billie notices that the glass figures have moved, and then a tiny handprint appears on a dusty table. Billie is sure they're being haunted. Alongside her new friend Aladdin, Billie must try to uncover the morbid history of the house, leading her closer to the chilling truth...

3. Memory

Christoph Marzi

This book follows a ghost called Story. She's lost in the city, frightened and alone, her memories lost. Then she meets Jude, a remarkable boy who can see the dead - and he's her only chance at remembering... This poignant, ethereal tale will captivate young readers.

4. A Foot in the Grave

Joan Aiken & Jan Pienkowski

When Jan Pienkowski began a haunting series of paintings, she asked Joan Aiken to create a range of accompanying ghost stories. The result was this rich collection of spine-tingling tales, which features ghostly revenge, fiendish frights, sprinkles of humour, malevolent spirits and enigmatic heroes. Complete with supernatural circumstances and unearthly occurrences, this book will be treasured by ghost story fans.

5. Haunted

Various

In this creepy collection, discover a variety of bloodcurdling tales - from a drowned boy, to an ancient woodland, to a lost child trapped in a mirror - written by a number of brilliant, bestselling authors, including Derek Landy, Philip Reeve and Susan Cooper. You might shiver, you might scream, but you will certainly be haunted by these super spooky stories long after you've turned the final page.

6. The Ghost Prison

Joseph Delaney

It's young Billy's first night as a prison guard - but this is no ordinary prison. It contains haunted cells that can't be used, and whispers and cries can be heard in the night... and, of course, there's the dreaded Witch Well, inhabited by a mysterious prisoner. Billy is warned to stay away from this prisoner, but who could it be? Billy is going to find out as he uncovers the truth... This haunting tale is a must-read for ghost story fans.

7. How to Speak Spook (and Stay Alive)

Ally Kennen

This fiendishly funny tale follows Donald and his mum. They can hear and chat with ghosts, although Donald's mum isn't very good at it (not that she knows it, so don't let on!). She's often called in to solve ghostly problems, such as ridding the supermarket of reanimated fish. But really, it's Donald who solves the problems by chatting with ghosts; he pretends it's his mum to be nice. But now, some sort of malicious monster ghost has showed up, planning to cause all kinds of trouble. And this particular ghost doesn't just want to talk...

8. Vicky Angel

Jacqueline Wilson

Jade has a quirky, confident and bubbly best buddy in Vicky. But suddenly, Vicky is killed in a car accident. This unexpected event evokes shock in characters and readers alike. But Vicky is such a loud and gregarious character, she won't let a small difficulty like death stop her from being in Jade's life! Vicky reappears to Jade as a ghost - but she will come to control Jade's life in sometimes dangerous ways. Can Jade finally stand up for herself, and will Vicky ever rest in peace? This story is exciting and poignant in equal measure.

9. The Time of the Ghost

Diana Wynne Jones

The ghost turns up one summer's day, alone in a world she once knew. She knows she is one of four sisters, but which one? She also knows there's been an accident. In her quest to uncover her identity, a malevolent force begins to stir around her. Something terrible is going to happen. One of the sisters will die, unless the ghost can use the future to reshape the past. This captivating tale will engross young readers.

10. The Company of Ghosts

Berlie Doherty

The seascape was moody with rocks and cliffs and bursts of spray. Ellie and Morag set off to the beautiful island owned by Morag's family, but when Ellie finds herself abandoned there, things begin to change. Footsteps, shadows, strange lights, a haunting song... Ellie is becoming increasingly aware that she's not alone. This mesmerising story is sure to enthral children.

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    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

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    Can a ghost from the future save a life in the past? A chilling tale of dark forces and revenge! The ghost turns up one summer day, alone in a world she once knew, among people who were once her family. She knows she is one of four sisters, but which one? She can be sure of only one thing -- that there's been an accident. As she struggles to find her identity, she becomes aware of a malevolent force stirring around her. Something terrible is about to happen. One of the sisters will die -- unless the ghost can use the future to reshape the past. But how can she warn them, when they don't even know she exists?
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    In this title, Derek Landy, Philip Reeve, Joseph Delaney, Susan Cooper, Eleanor Updale, Jamila Gavin, Mal Peet, Matt Haig, Berlie Doherty, Robin Jarvis and Sam Llewellyn have come together to bring you ten ghost stories: from a ghost walk around York; to a drowned boy, who's determined to find someone to play with; to a lost child trapped in a mirror, ready to pull you in; to devilish creatures, waiting with bated breath for their next young victim; and, to an ancient woodland reawakened. Some will make you scream, some will make you shiver, but all will haunt you gently long after you've put the book down.
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    It was a seascape, moody with rocks and cliffs and wild showers of spray. Ellie's own reflection was drawn into it, like a ghost image among the lights and shadows. 'That's our island,' Morag said. 'It looks mysterious.' 'It is. That's where we're going tomorrow.' Ellie is excited to be going with Morag's family to their beautiful island, but when she finds herself abandoned there, things begin to change. Footsteps, shadows, strange lights, a haunting song; more and more she becomes aware that she is not really on her own. Twice-winner of the Carnegie Medal Life TCM figures well over 200,000 copies. "We should treasure writers like Berlie Doherty who are incapable of writing a mediocre sentence". (Sunday Telegraph).
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    When Jan Pienkowski began a haunting series of paintings and asked Joan Aiken to compose accompanying ghostly stories, the result was bound to be an exceptional book. Here are tales of ghostly revenge, tales to scare and amuse, peopled with malevolent spirits and mysterious heroes. Haunting happenings and peculiar twists shape these stories; the unexplained and unearthly goings-on add up to an extraordinary and eerie experience.
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    A hilarious new ghostly adventure story from the award-winning writer of BEAST and SPARKS. Donald can see, hear and chat with ghosts. So can his mum, but she isn't very good at it (not that she knows that, so don't tell her). She's often called to help solve ghostly problems, like ridding the local supermarket of a ghoulish flip-flopping display of reanimated fish. Donald actually solves the problems himself by having a chat with the ghosts, but he pretends it was his mum, just to be nice. But now some sort of ancient monster ghost has turned up and seems like it wants to cause a lot of trouble. And this monster ghost doesn't want to talk.
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    'This is the entrance to the Witch Well and behind that door you'd face your worst nightmare. Don't ever go through there.' Night falls, the portcullis rises in the moonlight, and young Billy starts his first night as a prison guard. But this is no ordinary prison. There are haunted cells that can't be used, whispers and cries in the night...and the dreaded Witch Well. Billy is warned to stay away from the prisoner down in the Witch Well. But who could it be? What prisoner could be so frightening? Billy is about to find out...This is an unforgettable ghost story from the creator of the Wardstone Chronicles (Spook's Apprentice) series.
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    Jacqueline Wilson books are always spot on when it comes to understanding the feelings of her young readers and in Vicky Angel she tackles the poignant and moving story of Jade who is trying to come to terms with the death of her bossy best friend Vicky.

    Jade is so used to being with and agreeing with her friend, that she can hardly believe Vicky's no longer there and in fact Vicky still seems to be a huge presence in her life.

    Jacqueline Wilson looks at friendship, bereavement and moving on in this powerful novel.
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    This is a book about a ghost called Story. She's lost in the city - alone, afraid and without her memory. Then she meets Jude, a boy who sees the dead. And he is the only one who can help her remember...
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    Billie is forced to leave the only home she's ever known when her mother decides they should move to a new house in a small town. Musty furniture and odd belongings fill the old, dilapidated building, the ghostly remains of its previous tenants - including two small glass figures, one boy and one girl. The neighbours and local community are hiding something, Billie can tell - a secret about the house, a secret of its past. Then Billie notices that the glass figures have moved when the house was empty. Soon after, a tiny handprint appears on a dusty table - the handprint of a small child. Billie is certain that they are being haunted. But her mother thinks Billie is making it up With the help of her new friend Aladdin, Billie desperately tries to uncover the house's dark, tragic history ...leading her closer to the chilling truth.