Top 10 Best Ghost Story Books for Children

These sensationally spooky stories are packed with curious characters, haunting heroes and ghostly goings-on! Dare your kids to read this list of the best ghost story books for children, ordered by target age.

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1. Funnybones: The Ghost Train

Allan Ahlberg & Andre Amstutz | 3+

The three Funnybones skeletons decide to go on another night out... on a ghost train! A trip to a rather unusual seaside follows, but they're not scared of any of the creatures they encounter - except, of course, for a crying baby! This hilarious tale is full of fun repetitive language that little ones will love.

2. Usborne Illustrated Ghost Stories

Jose Emroca Flores | 5+

This ghoulishly-illustrated book contains an assortment of traditional spine-tingling tales and hair-raising retellings, all presented in an appealing hardback format.

3. The Great Ghost Rescue

Eva Ibbotson | 7+

Humphrey the Horrible may sound frightening, but he's actually a very friendly skeleton, with sparkling eye sockets and jangling finger bones. He dreams of being ghastly and awful like his brother, or terrifying like his bloodsucking vampire-bat cousins. But when he discovers an evil plot to exorcise his family, Humphrey realises you don't have to be bloodcurdlingly horrid to be a hero! This sensationally spooky story will enthral young readers.

4. Dust 'n' Bones

Chris Mould | 7+

Discover a selection of spook-tacular stories, guaranteed to chill kids to the bones! This book features ten terrifying tales - five retold favourites and five original stories - and is illustrated throughout with petrifying pictures.

5. Goosebumps: The Haunted Car

R. L. Stine | 8+

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. How to Speak Spook (and Stay Alive)

Ally Kennen | 8+

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...

7. The Time of the Ghost

Diana Wynne Jones | 9+

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.

8. The Ghost Prison

Joseph Delaney | 9+

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. Vicky Angel

Jacqueline Wilson | 9+

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.

10. The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman | 11+

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.

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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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    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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    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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    One night the three skeletons go for a ride on a ghost train with monster ticket collectors, and real ghosts driving the train. They stay out all night and get back home at four in the morning. As they wander home they're scared by a screaming baby and race back to hide under the bed in their dark cellar.
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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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    'Nobody knew what had gone wrong with Humphrey. Perhaps it was his ectoplasm ...' Humphrey the Horrible sounds scary, but he's actually a very friendly skeleton, with twinkling eye sockets and jangling finger bones. Humphrey dreams of being ghastly, like his brother - a screaming skull - or terrifying, like his bloodsucking vampire-bat cousins. But when Humphrey discovers an evil plot to exorcise his family, he finally realizes you don't have to be spine-chillingly fearsome to be a hero. With beautiful cover illustration by Alex T. Smith, creator of the Claude series, The Great Ghost Rescue is a wonderfully spooky young-fiction title from the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson. 'Eva Ibbotson weaves a magic like no other. Once enchanted, always enchanted' Michael Morpurgo
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    A collection of illustrated tales of ghosts, ghouls and other unexplainable apparitions. This mix of original stories and retellings is presented in an attractive padded hardback format, with a ribbon marker for keeping your place.
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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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    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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    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.