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

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

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

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

Various

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

  • ADDXI 9 years +
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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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    This book of ghost stories will send shivers down your spine! It contains ten tales - five retold classic ghost stories and five original ghost stories by Chris Mould - and is illustrated throughout in black and white and colour. Contents: 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' by Washington Irving, 'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allen Poe, 'Man-Size in Marble' by Edith Nesbit, 'The Bagman's Story' by Charles Dickens, 'The Phantom Coach' by Amelia B Edwards, and 'A Bedtime Tale', 'The Stranger', 'By the Fireside', 'Aboard the Armadillo' and 'The Very Last Train' all by Chris Mould.
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    Join Stitch Head, a mad professor's forgotten creation, as he steps out of the shadows into the adventure of an almost-lifetime...The ghost of a villainous ne'er-do-well is haunting the corridors of Castle Grotteskew, gunning for Stitch Head's heart ...and soul. Certain that his heart once belonged to the vicious rogue, Stitch Head's world is torn apart. Will he surrender to the evil ghost and agree to do his bidding...?
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    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! Mitchell is a car fanatic. He knows everything there is to know about every car there is. So when his parents buy a new sports car - he can't wait to have a ride in it. But there's something not right about this car. It has a mind of it's own. Could it be...haunted?
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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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    The first book in a chilling new series from Jonathan Stroud, Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase is a spooky read for horror story fans.

    Talented young Psychic Investigations agent Lucy Carlyle arrives in London hoping for a notable career, but instead finds herself joining the charismatic Anthony Lockwood at the ramshackle Lockwood & Co.

    When one of the duo's cases goes horribly wrong, they are given one last chance of redemption, but this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England... and trying to escape alive!

    Full of suspense and terrifying ghosts, but also no little humour, this is a real page-turner for children aged 9 and above.
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    The Queen and her Maids of Honour are spending the summer at a nobleman's estate, where a new manor house is being built. But the work has to stop when a mysterious spook appears. Could the ghost of a murdered Earl be haunting the site of his death? Grace begins to investigate and finds that there are many rumours about the ghost - and uncovering the truth could be dangerous.
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    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! "How come I've never seen you before?" Hannah's neighbourhood has gotten a little - weird. Ever since that new boy moved in next door. But when did he move in? Wasn't the house empty when Hannah went to sleep the night before? Why does it still look so deserted? Hannah can't get any answers from her new neighbour. He just keeps disappearing in the oddest ways. And he's so pale...Is Hannah being haunted by...the ghost next door???
  • The Fox and the Ghost King - Hardback - 9780008215774 - Michael Morpurgo
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    The city of Leicester has had a remarkable few years with the discovery of the remains of Richard III in a car park and then the football team's fairy tale Premier League victory.

    Now War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has combined these incredible events in one stunning story. The Fox and the Ghost King follows a leash of football-loving foxes who are fed up with watching their team always lose. Just as they think things will never improve, Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king buried under a car park...

    This king only wishes to be free and makes a deal with Daddy Fox. If he can be free, the king will grant his greatest wish. Will things change for the footy-loving foxes? This is a stunning hardback edition of a story that covers recent history in a way that only the former Children's Laureate can.