Top 10 Best Ghost Story Books for 9-year-olds

Featuring plenty of ghastly and gruesome ghost stories, kids will love these bloodcurdling books. See below for the best ghost story books for 9-year-olds.

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1. Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase

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Jonathan Stroud

Lucy Carlyle, a gifted young Psychic Investigations agent, arrives in London hoping to start a successful career. She finds herself joining the charismatic Anthony Lockwood at the ramshackle Lockwood & Co. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, redemption will mean spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England. Can they escape alive? This spook-tacular tale will have ghost story fans gripped.





2. Goosebumps: The Ghost Next Door

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R. L. Stine

Hannah's neighbourhood has become rather... weird. Especially since the new boy moved in next door. But when did he arrive? Wasn't the house completely empty just last night, when Hannah went to sleep? And why does it still look so deserted? Hannah's neighbour won't give her any answers; he just keeps vanishing in the strangest ways. Is he a... ghost? This thrilling Goosebumps book is sure to send shivers down your spine!



3. The Time of the Ghost

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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.




4. Haunted

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In this creepy collection, discover a selection 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 spine-tingling stories long after you've turned the final page.


5. Goosebumps: The Haunted Car

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R. L. Stine

Mitchell knows everything there is to know about cars, so when his parents buy him a new sports car, he's ecstatic - and can't wait to take it for a spin! But there's something strange about this car. It seems to have a mind of its own. Could it be... haunted? Part of the popular (and gruesome!) Goosebumps series, this spooky story will enthral kids.






6. The Fox and the Ghost King

The Fox and the Ghost King - Hardback - 9780008215774 - Michael Morpurgo
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Michael Morpurgo

This spellbinding tale combines two events that have recently occurred in Leicester: the discovery of Richard III's remains in a car park, and the football team's extraordinary Premier League victory. A leash of football-loving foxes is fed up with watching their team lose. But then Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king buried under a car park. The king is desperate to be free, and says that if the fox can release him, the king will grant his greatest wish. Will things improve for the football-mad foxes? Mystery, history and football fans alike will love this book.


7. The Lady Grace Mysteries: Haunted

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Grace Cavendish

A new manor house is being built at a nobleman's estate, and the Queen and her Maids of Honour have decided to spend the summer there. But the work is forced to stop when something - or someone - mysterious appears. Could it be the ghost of a murdered Earl, haunting the site of his death? Grace must investigate, and will discover that various rumours surround the ghost - and unearthing the truth could be perilous.




8. The Ghost Prison

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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.


9. Dust 'n' Bones

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Chris Mould

Dare your child to read these eerie stories, guaranteed to chill them to the bones! It features ten terrifying tales - five retold favourites and five original stories - and is illustrated throughout with petrifying pictures.





10. Stitch Head: The Ghost of Grotteskew

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Guy Bass

Stitch Head - a professor's forgotten creation - emerges from the shadows into an adventure of an almost-lifetime... A villainous ghost is haunting the corridors of Castle Grotteskew, gunning for Stitch Head's heart. Convinced that his heart once belonged to a vicious rogue, Stitch Head's world is torn apart. Will he surrender and agree to obey the malicious ghost? This gory tale is great for fans of the gruesome and the ghastly.