Texas Teens Read! 2012

Key to abbreviations for age recommendations

I = Elementary
Y=Young Adult
L=For the Librarian
+= "and up" All ages above the one listed will find the book of interest.



Abbott, Olyve.

Ghosts in the Graveyard: Texas Cemetery Tales. Plano: Republic of Texas Press, 2001. (Y+)

Abbott has gathered an alternately chilling and humorous collection of ghost stories from around Texas.  This book also includes information about early Texas burial traditions.


Allison, Jennifer.

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator. New York: Dutton, 2005. (Y)

After inviting herself to the mansion of her cousin Lester Splinter, Gilda Joyce proceeds to use her supposed psychic powers to figure out why the tower has been boarded up.  Mixed in with this is the grief of losing her father which is real reason behind Gilda Joyce’s psychic powers.


Alphin, Elaine Marie

An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2010. (L)

The true story of the flawed investigation and of a heinous crime that was incorrectly believed to be perpetrated by a Jewish businessman.


Anderson, Laurie Halse.

Wintergirls. New York: Viking, 2009. (Y+)

Lia struggles to overcome the death of her best friend from anorexia – the same disorder that Lia, herself, has.

Bane, Theresa

Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology. Jefferson:McFarland, 2010. (L)

Including over 600 entries, the encyclopedia provides an alphabetical listing of vampire myths from around the world.


Barnes, Jennifer.

Raised By Wolves.New York: Egmont USA, 2010. (Y+)

Pack means loyalty, family, safety… and secrets. A human girl, taken in by werewolves, must uncover the dark secrets of her past that are threatening her future.


Berk, Josh.

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. New York: Alfred. A. Knopf, 2010. (Y+)

Will Halpin, a deaf transfer student, must overcome many obstacles while trying to solve the murder of a popular football player at his new school.

Philip Bernardi.

Improvisation Starters.Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1992. (Y+) (OP)

This book encourages all actors to learn the art of improvisation and it includes up to 900 improvisational situations in which to do so.  The improv situations can include obstacles and props.


Bertagna, Julie.

Zenith. New York: Walker, 2009. (Y+)

Fierce storms, rising water, and a ship full of refugees mean Mara has a lot on her plate.

Bick, Ilsa J.

Draw the Dark. Minneapolis: CarolrhodaLab, 2010. (Y+)

It’s cold in Winter, Wisconsin where Christian Cage lives with his uncle, his nightmares, bizarre paintings, and a mystery surrounding a dead body and German POWs.


Black, Holly and Justine Larbalestier (ed.)

Zombies vs. Unicorns. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010. (Y+)

Twelve short stories by popular authors seek to end the zombies vs. unicorns debate.


Block, Francesca Lia.

Pretty Dead.  New York: HarperTeen, 2009. (Y+)

Charlotte became a vampire after losing her beloved twin over 100 years ago.  Now after losing her best friend Emily, Charlotte is feeling a little…human.  


Boudreau, Helene.

Crimebusting and Detection. New York: Crabtree Pub. Co., 2009. (Y)

Crime scene investigators, medical examiners, technology, evidence and solving crimes - need I say more?


Braden, Gregg

The Mystery of 2012: predictions, prophecies & possibilities.Boulder: Sounds True, 2009. (Y+)

The question of what the future holds is explored in this collection of essays.


Brashares, Ann.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  New York: Delacorte Press, 2001.  (Y+)

A sisterhood of four friends share a summer full of surprises, even though a distance keeps them apart.


Brennan, Sarah Rees

Demon’s Covenant. New York: MargaretK. McElderry Books, 2010. (Y+)

Protecting her brother Jamie’s life… may cost Mae her own. Demons and duels abound in this second book of the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy.


Brewer, Heather

Eighth Grade Bites.  New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 2007. (Y+)

Vladimir Tod has managed to live a normal life despite being half-human/half-vampire until now.  A new teacher arrives at school that knows more about Vladimir’s life and the death of his parents.  Vladimir’s life is about to become very complicated in the first of Heather Brewer’s Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series.


Brooks, Kevin.

Black Rabbit Summer. New York: Chicken House/Scholastic, 2009.(Y+)

Friendship can be deadly. Pete is a suspect in the disappearance of two of his childhood classmates, so he investigates to clear his name and find them. Except the only thing he finds are clues that lead not only to a dangerous enemy… but to Pete’s other friends as well.


Brooks, Max.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.  (Y+)

All the tips and tricks needed to survive the coming zombie apocalypse.


Brunvand, Jan H.

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2001. (Y+)

The ultimate collection of Urban Legends from around the United States compiled in one compelling volume.


Bunson, Matthew

The Vampire Encyclopedia. New York: Random House, 2001. (L)

With over 2,000 entries of vampire facts, fiction, and myths, this encyclopedia covers a comprehensive array of vampire culture from literature, television shows, movies, history, myths and more.


Burgan, Michael

Searching for Aliens, UFOs and Men in Black. Mankato: Capstone Press, 2011. (Y)

The possibility of life on other planets is explored.


Butcher, A. J.

Spy High: Mission One. New York: Little, Brown, 2004. (Y)

Spy High. Here you do not worry about surviving final exams… you worry about simply surviving.


Butler, William Vivian, and Lucinda Landon.

The Young Detective’s Handbook. Boston: Little Brown, 1981.

A children’s book describing detection skills and forensic evidence.


Caine, Rachel

Glass Houses. New York: NAL Jam Books, 2006. (Y+)

Claire Danvers could have gone to any college in the country but at sixteen years old her parents wanted to keep her close to home so Claire heads off to Morganville, a small quiet town in west Texas.  The town has a sinister secret though and her roommates are not quite what they seem.  This is the first book in the Morganville Vampires series.


Campbell, Andrea.

Forensic Science: Evidence, Clues, and Investigation. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2000. (L)

Discusses the science of solving mysteries.


Carter, Ally.

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2006. (Y+)

Cammie’s life is far from ordinary – she is the daughter of a former CIA operative and she attends a secret spy school. When out on a “mission” she encounters the deadliest enemy of all – love.


Cast, P. C. and Kristin

Marked.  New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2007. (Y+)

Zoey Redbird is having a bad day.  She just broke up with her boyfriend and is coming down with a cold when she sees the Tracker at her locker.  Trackers are adult vampires come to notify teens that they are about to become one and Zoey is next.  Now she must move to the House of Night, a boarding school for those that will become vampires if they make the change, make new friends, and get a handle on her newfound powers.  This is the first book in the House of Night series.


Collins, Suzanne

The Hunger Games. New York : Scholastic, 2008. (Y)

In the North America of the future, teenagers must fight each other to death.


Curran, Bob

Encyclopedia of the Undead: A Field Guide to Creatures That Cannot Rest in Peace. Franklin Lakes: New Page Books, 2006. (L)

Vampires, zombies, werewolves, and other mythological creatures are examined in this encyclopedia.


Dale, W. Mark and Wendy S. Becker

The Crime Scene: How Forensic Science Works. New York: Kaplan Publishing, 2007. (L)

A guide to forensic science and crime scene observations.


De La Cruz, Melissa

Blue Bloods.  New York: Hyperion, 2006. (Y+)

New York is home to some of the richest teens in America but these teens have a secret, their bloodline is far older than anyone suspects.  This is the first book in the Blue Bloods series.


Despain, Bree.

The Dark Divine. New York: Egmont USA, 2010. (Y)

Grace Divine is surprised when she discovers her brother Jude covered in blood on their front porch.  Even more intriguing is the fact that classmate Daniel Kalbi has disappeared as well.  Years later Daniel returns and memories of that dark evening begin to resurface.  What happened that night?  Who is Daniel?  And why does her brother Jude want her to avoid Daniel?


Dixon, Franklin.

Dead on Target. New York: Pocket Book, 1987. (Y)

This is the first book in the Hardy Boy Case Files and a wonderful starting point for boys who are a fan of mysteries.  In this book the Hardy boys get caught up with an international terrorist and discover a secret agency known as the Network. (OP)


Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan.

A Study in Scarlet. New York: Reader’s Digest, 1992. (Y+)

This is the classic novel that started it all.  Just as impressive as it was when it was first published in 1887.  Budding mystery fans will enjoy a trip back in time to Victoria London, where readers are introduced to Sherlock Home and his companion Watson.


Dozier, Rush W. Jr.

Fear Itself: The Origin and Nature of the Powerful Emotion That Shapes Our Lives and Our World. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998. (L)

Discusses the emotional side of fear, dealing with fear and how feelings of fear and pleasure can be intertwined.


Duncan, Lois.

I Know What You Did Last Summer. Boston: Little Brown, 1973. (L)

Four teenagers struggle to hide what occurred one dark night. One year later, someone who knows their deadly secret is stalking them.


Elliot, Lang

Common Birds and their Songs. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. (Y+)

Provides an introduction to 50 of the most common birds in North America and their songs.


Elliot, Patricia.

The Pale Assassin. New York: HolidayHouse, 2009. (Y+)

Eugenie de Boncoeur is living during the French Revolution and she has become the center of attention of “le Fantome”, a sinister spymaster holding a grudge against her and her family.


Falkner, Brian

Brain Jack. New York : Random House, 2009. (Y)

In the near future, genius computer hacker Sam is forced to work for the Homeland Security Cyber Defense Division.


Fantaskey, Beth

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. New York: Graphia Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. (Y+)

Jessica is turning 18 and a birthday surprise changes her life forever.  Lucius Vladescu shows up at her front door claiming that he is her betrothed, a vampire, and worse informs her that so is she.  Suddenly Jessica’s world is turned upside down.


Feinstein, John.

Last Shot.  New York: Random House, 2005. (Y)

Intrigue and blackmail abound in this great sports mystery.  After eighth graders Stevie and Susan win a cost they are sent to the Final Four Tournament.  There they discover that a player is being blackmailed into skewing the final score.


Feltman, K. and McNamera, Joel.

Geocaching for Dummies.  Hoboken: Wiley Pub., 2004.  (Y+)

Ever wonder what it takes to become a Geocacher?  Browse through this book for an idea on how to go about becoming one.


Fieri, Guy and Volkweia, Ann.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: An All-American Road Trip…with recipes.  New York: William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2008.   (Y+)

Just like the popular TV show by the same name, this book is filled with yummy treats and favorite American hot spots.


Fitzpatrick, Becca.

Hush, Hush. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009. (Y+)

Nora is cautious by nature. Patch has a dark appeal she cannot deny. Will they be lovers… or enemies.


Foxlee, Karen.

The Anatomy of Wings.New York: Alfred A. Knopf Books, 2009. (Y+)

Jenny’s teenage sister committed suicide… and Jenny is left trying to deal with what happened.


Francis-Cheung, Theresa

The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires. London: HarperElement, 2009 (L)

This encyclopedia includes reports of real-life people reported to be vampires throughout history.


Gaiman, Neil, and Dave McKean.

Coraline. New York: HarperCollins, 2002. (Y+)

This deliciously spooky tale follows the precocious Coraline who wishes for more of her parents’ attention and stumbles upon a strange world where her “Other Mother” and “Other Father” live.  Seemingly a wish-come-true, Coraline soon learns to be careful what you wish for.


Gardner, Robert.
Crime Lab 101:Experimenting With Crime Detection. New York: Walker, 1992. (L)
Explains forensic science and features activities for readers.


Gee, Joshua

Encyclopedia Horrifica: the terrifying truth! about vampires, ghosts, monsters, and more. New York : Scholastic, 2007. (Y)

Presents true stories about vampires, aliens, werewolves and ghosts.


Genge, Ngaire E.

The Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation. New York: Ballantine, 2002. (L)

A fascinating look at the strange and intriguing science of forensics.


Georges, Emily A.

The Pocket Book of Paranormal Trivia: Contains 200+ Q & A's. CreateSpace, 2009. (Y+)

A good resource for trivia question covering vampires, witches, shape-shifters and UFOs.


Grahame-Smith, Seth.

How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills. Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2007. (Y+) (L)

Grahame-Smith has created a detailed and darkly humorous volume with all the rules you’ll need to survive whatever horror movie you happen to stumble into.  The addition of somewhat gory illustrations just adds to the fun.  Teens who are old enough to have seen a decent number of horror movies are more likely to enjoy this one.


Grace, N. B.

UFOs: What Scientists Say May Shock You!New York: Franklin Watts, 2008. (Y)

A scientific discussion of Unidentified Flying Objects.


Grant, Michael.

Gone. New York: HarperTeen, 2008. (Y+)

People over the age of fourteen have disappeared from a small town on the coast of California – which has caused the remaining townspeople to fight against students from the near-by private school. And also caused those who have “The Power” to fight against those who do not.


Gray, Claudia

Evernight.New York:HarperTeen, 2008. (Y+)

Bianca’s parents become professors at an elite boarding school, bringing Bianca with them.  But Bianca doesn’t fit in with her rich and good looking classmates until she falls for another outcast, Lucas.  However, Lucas is carrying a secret of his own.  This is the first book in the Evernight series.


Green, John.

Paper Towns.  New York: Dutton Books, 2008.  (T+)

Q’s life as a senior in high school is full of boringness and monotony, until Margo, his neighbor, comes into the picture.


Guiley, Rosemary

The Encyclopedia of Vampires and Werewolves. 2nd ed. New York: Facts on File, 2011. (L)

In this updated version of The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters, Guiley covers both the familiar and obscure vampire history, movies, literature, myths and more.


Henderson, Lauren.

Kisses and Lies. New York: DelacortePress, 2009. (Y+)

Scarlet Wakefield has a lot on her mind – romance with the son of her school’s groundskeeper, traveling around Scotland with her friend Taylor, and solving the murder of a boy who literally died from her kiss.


Higson, Charles.

Silverfin: A Young James Bond Adventure. New York: Hyperion Books For Children, 2005.(Y)

Bond. James Bond. Or more aptly, a young James Bond who is beginning a new chapter in life – boarding school and his very first adventure.


Hitchcock, Alfred, and Sidney Gottlieb.

Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. 

The essay “The Enjoyment of Fear” has some fascinating insights into why people enjoy fear in a controlled environment.


Hoffman, Mary.

The Falconer’s Knot. New York: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, 2007. (Y)

Silvano and Chiara are sent, during Renaissance Italy, to live in a friary and nunnery.  There they met and fall in love, but before they can allow their love to blossom they must first solve a mystery.  Multiple mystery and love affairs abound in this book.


Horowitz, Anthony.

Skeleton Key. New York: Philomel Books, 2003.(Y)

A routine mission goes bad when spy Alex Rider gets caught up in a mission involving Chinese gangs, Russian generals, and nuclear weapons.


Howe , James.

Totally Joe. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005. (Y+)

An alphabiography is a set of 26 short stories or chapters about the writer’s life, one for each letter of the alphabet. Joe has just been assigned to write one and these are his stories.


Jenkins, A. M.

Night Road. New York: HarperTeen, 2008. (Y+)

Cole has been called back home to help with a newly turned hemovore, Gordon.  Cole takes Gordon on a road trip teaching him how to survive the hemovore life.


Jinks, Catherine.

The Reformed Vampire Support Group. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. (Y+)

Twelve step programs aren’t just for the living.  Nina and a group of her friends have joined the Reformed Vampire Support Group for vampires that have given up drinking human blood or turning another.  The group quietly existed until one of their members is killed with a silver bullet.  Now they must find the killer before it’s too late.


Johnson, Daniel.

4-H Guide to Digital Photography.  Minneapolis: Voyageur Press, 2009.  (Y+)

Learn more about capturing awesome picture flashes when taking a road trip, or a simple stroll around the block.


Johnson, Lindsay Lee.

Worlds Apart. Asheville: FrontStreet, 2005. (Y)

Working the snack cart at a mental hospital, making new friends, and adopting a pet goat are just a few of the situations thirteen-year-old Winnie gets into.


Joshi, S. T. 

Encyclopedia of the Vampire: The Living Dead in Myth, Legend and Popular Culture. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2011. (L)

This encyclopedia focuses predominantly on vampires in popular culture and less on the history of vampires.


Keene, Carolyn.

Secrets Can Kill.  New York: Simon Pulse, 1991. (Y)

This novel is the first in the Nancy Drew series.  This book is a great classic for any teen who love mysteries.  In this book Nancy goes undercover at Bedford High to discover how is behind a number of thefts. (OP)


Kelley, Margot Anne.

Local Treasures: Geocaching Across America.  Placitas: Center for American Places, 2006.   (Y+)

Ever wonder about why Americans are so engrossed with the sport of Geocaching?  Read this book to learn more about what the author of this books has discovered.


King, Stephen.

Carrie: a Novel of a Girl with a Frightening Power. Garden City: Doubleday, 1974. (Y+)

One of King’s earliest hits, this novel follows Carrie White, bullied at school by the popular kids and tormented at home by an overly-religious mother.  But Carrie has a surprising talent that will lead to the destruction of everyone around her.


Lankford, Andrea.

Haunted Hikes: Spine Tingling Tales and Trails from North America's National Parks. Santa Monica: Santa Monica Press, 2006. (Y+)

Take a walk through some of the creepiest areas of North America!  This guide provides hikers or armchair adventurers with spine-tingly thrills to spruce up their hikes.


Larbalestier, Justine

How to Ditch Your Fairy. New York: Bloomsbury, 2008. (Y)

Charlie gets the perfect parking spot everytime - because she has a parking fairy. But Charlie wants something different so she and her friends look for a way to ditch her fairy.


Larbalestier, Justine

Liar. New York: Bloomsbury U. S. A. Children's Books, 2009. (Y)

Micah is a compulsive liar who may or may not be a werewolf who killed her boyfriend.


Lee, Y.S..

The Agency: A Spy in the House. Somerville: Candlewick, 2010. (Y)

Mary Quinn is rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, England.  She is taken to Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls.  At her graduation she is approached to become a spy for The Agency.  The book goes on to describe her first mission.  A potential love interest rounds out this book nicely.


Liparulo, Robert.

House of Dark Shadows. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008. (Y+)

When the King family moves from L.A. to an isolated small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is sure that his life is over.  But he and his siblings are intrigued by the old Victorian house the family buys.  Sound travels strangely in the house - noises come from the wrong direction, strange foot prints appear, and when Xander’s brother tries to hide in a closet he ends up in locker 119 at the local school.  Then really strange things begin to happen.


Lyle, D.P.

Howdunit Forensics: A Guide for Writers. Cincinnati: Writers Digest Books, 2008. (L)

A guide to forensic evidence as used by writers of mysteries.


Lyle, Douglas P.

Forensics for Dummies. Hoboken: Wiley, 2004 (L)

A look at forensic science for the layman.


MacLean, Sarah.

The Season. New York: Orchard Books, 2009. (Y)

Instead of showing interest in the usual fair of early nineteenth century London, Lady Alexandra Stafford wants to pursue adventures and does so by investigating murder of the Earl of Blackmoor.  Romance and mystery meet in the novel with a few balls, and lavish parties thrown in for good measure.


McGuire, Margaret and Alicia Kachmar

Witch Craft: Wicked Accessories, Creepy-Cute Toys, Magical Treats, and More!. Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2010. (L)

This is a wonderful guide to spooky foods and crafts!  Detailed patterns and step-by-step instructions make the projects easy and fun.


Maguire, Eden.

Jonas. Naperville:SourcebooksFire, 2010. (Y+)

Darina’s boyfriend is the fourth boy in her school this year… to die. And now she is seeing the ghosts of those dead students who have come back to deal with their unsolved issues and they need her help.


Mancusi, Marianne

Boys that Bite.  New York: Berkeley Jam Books, 2006. (Y+)

Twins Sunny and Rayne couldn’t be more different.  Sunny is into sports and loves school.  Rayne is a night-loving Goth.  When a case of mistaken identity turns deadly it’s a race against time to save Sunny from eternal darkness.  This is the first book in the Blood Coven series.


Matthews, Patricia O'Brien

Fang-tastic Fiction: Twenty-First Century Paranormal Reads. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011. (L)

Presents literature set in a world inhabited by humans and the paranormal.


Mead, Richelle

Vampire Academy. New York: Razorbill, 2007. (Y+)

Rose Hathaway has been on the run with her best friend Lisa for two years.  Finally the guardians have caught up with them and are taking them back to boarding school where Rose will train to become a guardian, protectors of Moroi, and Lisa will once again take her place among the Moroi royalty.  But the threat that caused them to run two years ago remains.  Can Rose protect Lisa and fight her attraction to the new guardian instructor?  This is the first book in the Vampire Academy series.


Melton, J. Gordon

The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead, 3rd ed. Canton:Visible Ink Press, 2010. (L)

Written by J. Gordon Melton, a religious historian and president of the American chapter of the Transylvania Society of Dracula, this encyclopedia includes information about vampire societies from around the world, a historical timeline of vampires, movies, literature, and television shows featuring vampires, and more.


Meyer, Stephenie

Twilight.New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2005. (Y+)

Bella Swan has moved to Forks, Washington to live with her father where she meets the enigmatic Cullen family and develops feelings for Edward Cullen.  But the Cullen family is not what it seems.  This is the first book in the Twilight series.


Mezrich, Vlad

The Vampire is Just Not that Into You. New York : Scholastic, 2009. (Y)

Humorously provides tips and tricks for finding the perfect undead boyfriend and making him stay.


Miller, Donna R.

Crash Course in Teen Services. Westport: Libraries Unlimited, 2008. (L)

This book provides practice introductory information about teen services.


Mlynowski, Sarah

Gimme a Call. New York: Delacorte, 2010. (Y)

After her cell phone suffers water damage, 17-year-old Devi discovers she can only call one person- her 14-year-old self.


Mumfrey, W H.

The Alien Invasion Survival Handbook: A Defense Manual for the Coming Extraterrestrial Apocalypse. Cincinnati: HOW Books, 2009. (Y+)

Everything you need to know about surviving an extraterrestrial invasion.


National Geographic

Student Atlas of the World.  Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2001.  (Y+)
High school students will find this book resourceful for their traveling destinations.


Nixon, Joan Lowery.

Nightmare. New York: Delacorte Press, 2003. (Y)

Emily has a horrifying reoccurring nightmare that features a dead body.  Terrified Emily is unable to confine in anyone and this only furthers the frustration that her parents are feeling with her.  So Emily’s parents send her off to Camp Excel.  But Emily knows there is something wrong with Camp Excel and it seems like her nightmare may just be beginning.


Nixon, Joan Lowery.

The Weekend was Murder!New York: Delacorte, 1992.

A murder mystery weekend at a hotel turns deadly when someone really dies.


Norville, Barbara.

Writing the Modern Mystery. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 1986. (L)

Discusses techniques and elements of mystery writing.


O’Hara, Charles E., and Gregory O’Hara.

Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation, 5th ed. Springfield: Thomas, 1980. (L)

Discusses forensic science and additional elements of investigating crimes.


Osterlund, Anne.

Aurelia. New York: Speak, 2008. (Y+)

Aurelia, the crown princess of Tyralt, is given into the care of Robert, the son of a trusted spy, because she has had attempts made on her life. Now she’s having attempts made on her heart too.


Owen, Peter

Knots: More than 50 of the Most Useful Knots for Camping, Sailing, Fishing and Climbing. London: Apple, 1993. (Y+)

Provides instructions for completing a variety of knots.


Owens, David.

Hidden Evidence: Forty True Crimes and How Forensic Science Helped Solve Them. Willowdale: Firefly, 2000. (L)

Gripping accounts of several crimes and the forensic clues that were left behind.


Parker, Robert B.

The Boxer and the Spy. New York: Philomel Books, 2008. (Y+)

Follow in Terry’s tracks as he steps into the boxing ring as well as into a murder mystery.


Pearson, Mary

The Adoration of Jenna Fox.New York: Henry Holt, 2008. (Y)

Jenna Fox awakens from a coma to find herself in a body- and life- she doesn't remember.


Peters, Jack W.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching.   Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2009.(Y+)

This is a great guide for Geocaching beginners, with resources and details on how to begin your adventures.


Petersen, Sandy, and Lynn Willis.

Call of Cthulhu; Horror Roleplaying in the Worlds of H.P Lovecraft.Oakland: Chaosium. 2000. (L)

The sections on investigation and forensics give excellent background information for mysteries.


Poe, Edgar A, and James Prunier.

The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories. New York: Viking, 1999. (Y+)

This classic horror tale a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition endures his torments in complete darkness.  The beauty and horror of this story is the writer’s dependence on sense other than sight to convey the prisoner’s feelings of despair and anguish.


Poe, Edgar Allan.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Harlow: Pearson Education, 2001. (Y+)

In these writings of Edgar Allan Poe there are people struggling… with mysteries, with death, and with themselves.


Poe, Edgar A.

The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings. New York: Bantam, 1982. (Y+)

Poe is a sure bet for any horror-themed program.  This collection of his works includes Tell-Tale Heart which depicts the consuming madness of a murderer who is haunted by his crime.


Ryan, Carrie

The Forest of Hands and Teeth. New York: Delacorte Press, 2009. (Y)

Mary is determined to find out what lies beyond her village, which is surrounded by the Unconsecrated.


Sambuchino, Chuck.

How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (and They Will). Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2010. (Y+)

Liberally sprinkled with colored illustrations, this is the book you need to protect yourself from the dreaded Garden Gnome Attack.


Schneider, Steven Jay.

Horror Film and Psychoanalysis: Freud’s Worst Nightmare. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.

A collection of essays that use psychoanalysis to interpret the fascination many people have with horror movies and their reactions to those films.


Schreiber, Ellen

Vampire Kisses. New York: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. (Y+)

Raven doesn’t fit into her country club suburbia town with her Goth look, combat boots, and vampire fixation until a new boy moves into the old rundown mansion on the edge of town.  Finally she finds a kindred soul in Alexander, a Goth like her.  But Alexander is more than he seems?  This is the first book in the Vampire Kisses series.


Sedgwick, Marcus

My Swordhand Is Singing. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2006. (Y+)

Set in the early 17th Century, a father and son carve out a living deep in the forest of Eastern Europe.  When livestock go missing and dead loved ones start visiting, only Tomas knows what’s happening and he must protect his son and the village in this traditional vampire tale.


Selzer, Adam

I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It. New York : Delacorte Press, 2010. (Y)

In a day where the undead are part of everyday life, Alley finds herself caught between a vampire and a zombie.


Shan, Darren.

Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare. Boston: Little, Brown, 2001. (Y)

Darren and his friend, Steve, are fascinated by the bizarre so when Cirque du Freak comes to town they jump at the chance to attend a show featuring a spider and its handler, Mr. Crepsley. Steve recognizes the spider handler as a centuries old vampire and begs Mr. Crepsley to turn him into a vampire, but is refused. It is Darren who is changed and then the adventure really begins. This lightening fast read is the first in the Cirque du Freak series and whets the readers’ appetite for all things Shan.


Shaw, Maria

Maria Shaw's Tarot Kit for Teens. St. Paul: Llewellyn, 2004. (Y)

Covers the basic of tarot card reading in a teen-accessible format.


Shepard, Sara.

The Lying Game. New York: HarperTeen, 2010. (Y+)

Emma Paxton’s long lost twin, Sutton, is watching over her… from the afterlife. Sutton has just been murdered and Emma takes her place as she tries to find the killer and put her sister’s soul to rest.


Silverstein, Herma.

Threads of Evidence: Using Forensic Science to Solve Crimes. New York: Twenty-First Century Books, 1996. (L)

Discusses the use of forensic evidence in modern crime solving.


Smith, Cynthia Leitich

Tantalize. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2007.(Y+)

Quincie Morris has “revamped” her family’s restaurant with an all new theme.  Sanguini’s Italian Restaurant caters to a different type of clientele.


Smith, L. J.

Vampire Diaries, Vol. 1. New York: HarperTeen, 2007. (Y+)

Elena Gilbert is popular and beautiful and soon attracts the attention of two brothers, Damon and Stefan Salvatore.  The Salvatore brothers compete for her attention but there’s more at stake than Elena knows.  Originally published in 1991, the reissued Vampire Diaries, Vol. 1 includes the first two books The Awakening and The Struggle in the Vampire Diaries series.


Spencer, Liv

Love Bites: The Unofficial Saga of Twilight. Toronto: ECW Press, 2010. (Y)

A tribute to the beginning of the most popular vampire franchise.


Springer, Nancy.

Case of the Missing Marquess. New York: Philomel Books, 2006. (Y)

This book follows the adventures of Enola Holmes, the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes.  Enola’s adventures begin when her mother disappears.  Luckily, Enola’s mother has left her clues about her whereabouts.  However, Sherlock Holmes feels it would be best if his younger sister was place in a boarding school while he did all the investigating.  Enola disagrees and heads out to London in disguise.  The book goes on to explain her further adventures in London.


Stern, Jane, and Michael Stern.

Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 500 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much More.  New York: Broadway Books, 2002.  (Y+)

Yummy, yummy, yummy! For you roadies out there, this book has a great collection of must-see restaurants across the nation.


Stevens, Serita Deborah, and Anne Klarner.

Deadly Doses: A Writer’s Guide to Poisons. Cincinnati: Digest Books, 1990. (L)

This title in The Howdunit Series is designed for the writer of mystery novels and explains poisons, their availability, their uses, and their effect.


Stiefvater, Maggie

Shiver. New York : Scholastic Press, 2009. (Y)

Grace discovers something unique about the wolves that live in the woods behind her house.


Stoker, Bram, and Maurice Hindle.

Dracula. London: Penguin Books, 2003. (Y+)

When Jonathan Harker visits his client, Count Dracula, in his Transylvanian castle he makes a horrifying discovery that will change his life forever.  One of the classics of gothic horror, this is the novel that introduced the world to the most famous vampire of literature – Dracula.


Strasser, Todd.

Blood On My Hands.New York: Egmont USA, 2010. (Y+)

A high school party goes horribly wrong. A girl is accused of murdering her best friend because she was standing over the dead body… and holding the murder weapon.


Sturm, Jeanne.

GPS: Global Positioning System.  Vero Beach: Rourke Pub., 2009.  (Y+)

Read this book to learn all the basic uses of a GPS system.


Tambini, Michael

Future. New York: Knopf, 1998. (Y+)

Explores the technological, environmental, and biological advances possible in the 21st century.


Taney, Kimberly Bolan.

Teen Spaces: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003. (L)

This book provides ideas for renovating and re-making exciting spaces for teens.


Tedman, Nicola, and Sarah Skeate.

Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Pub, 2010. (L)

Create cute and creepy felt creatures from the refuse of your craft closet!  Detailed instructions allow for easy construction of the featured creatures or use the book as inspiration for your own creation.


Torres-Roman, Steven A.

Read On… Science Fiction: Reading Lists for Every Taste.  Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2010. (L)

Provides an overview of the science fiction genre.


Tuccillo, Diane P.

Library Teen Advisory Groups. Lanham: VOYA Books, 2005. (L)

This book provides practical ideas for participation from teen stakeholders in libraries.


Tull, Delena

Edible and Useful Plants of Texas and the Southwest: A Practical Guide. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1999. (Y+)

Includes detailed information and recipes for edible plants that grow in Texas.


Valentino, Serena

How to be a Zombie: The Essential Guide for Anyone Who Craves Brains. Somerville: Candlewick Press, 2010. (Y)

Provides an overview of zombie lore.


White, Kiersten

Paranormalcy. New York: HarperTeen, 2010. (Y)

Evie must prevent a dark prophecy from coming true.


Wiese, Jim, and Ed Shems.

Detective Science: 40 Crime-Solving, Case-breaking, Crook-catching Activities for Kids. New York: John Wiley, 1996. (L)

Science experiments for children about forensic evidence and its use in solving crimes.


Williams, Docia S.

Ghosts Along the Texas Coast. Plano: Republic of Texas Press, 1995. (Y+)

A collection of Texas themed ghost stories sure to tingle any spine.


Williams, Scott

Haunted Texas: A Travel Guide. Guilford: Globe Pequot Press, 2007. (Y+)

Discusses spooky sites and paranormal happenings around Texas.

Willin, Melvyn J.

Ghosts Caught on Film: Photographs of the Paranormal. Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 2009. (Y+)

Willin has compiled a fascinating book on the history and occurrences of “paranormal photography”.  This title will enthrall readers.


Willin, Melvyn J.

The Paranormal Caught on Film: Amazing Photographs of Ghosts, Poltergeists and Other Strange Phenomena. Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 2008. (Y+)

A companion to Willin’s other volume, this book offers more photos for readers to ponder.


Wilson, Daniel H.

How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending the Planet Earth against Alien Invaders, Ninjas, and Zombies. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2008. (Y+)

Worried about multiple possibilities for the coming apocalypse?  Never fear – this text describes how to create your robot army guaranteed to defend against any threat.


Wilson, Daniel H.

How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself against the Coming Rebellion. New York: Bloomsbury Pub, 2005. (Y+)

Of course, after your robot army has become sentient and rebelled against human authority, you will need this text to survive.


Wilson, Keith D., MD.

Cause Of Death: A Writer’s Guide to Death, Murder, and Forensic Medicine. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 1992. (L)

Designed for writers of mystery novels, this book describes ways in which people die.


Yancey, Richard.

The Monstrumologist. New York: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2009. (Y+)

This is a very dark fantasy set in 1888 America and follows the adventures of Will Henry. Will is apprenticed to Dr. Warthrop who hunts and studies real-life monsters. When they discover that a pod of Anthropophagi have invaded America all their skills will be needed to destroy these ancient monsters – that is, if they survive. Gruesome, lush and gritty, this is the perfect novel for the horror connoisseur.


Zawacki, Neil.

How to Be a Villain. San Francisco: Chronicle, 2003. (Y+)

If you plan to be the person orchestrating the coming apocalypse, then this is the book for you.  All you need to know on how to be a villain.


Zimmerman, Keith, and Kent Zimmerman.

Mythbusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of theMost Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time. New York: Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2005. (Y+)

For readers who want to know the TRUTH about the most popular urban legends.  Written by the stars of the television show, Mythbusters.


Audio Recordings


The Beatles.

Rubber Soul.  London:  Parlophone, 1987.  (Y+)

The Beatles are a timeless rock band with many songs all generations will be able to recognize and sing along to, including “Drive My Car”.


Cash, Johnny.

Unchained.  S.l.: Columbia Legacy, 2007.  (Y+)

“I’ve Been Everywhere”, a single from the album Unchained, is a mega-hit by world renowned guitarist Johnny Cash, with this melody being included in movies, television shows, and even commercials.



Fallen. New York: BMG Distribution, 2003. (Y+)

This goth-rock album is full of music that inspires thoughts of vampires, especially the popular single “Bring me to Life.” This album will add an edgy flair to your program.



Fool for the City. Bearsville:  Bearsville Records : 1975.  (Y+) 
“Slow Ride”, a single on the album Fool for the City, has recently become mega-popular with teens after
being featured as a song on Guitar Hero.

Gaiman, Neil.

The Graveyard Book. New York: HarperCollins, 2008. (Y)

Nobody Owens’entire family has been murdered… and he is being raised by ghosts. After the murder of his family, Nobody escaped from his crib and wandered into the nearest graveyard where the inhabitants decided to adopt and raise him as their own.


Nix, Garth.

Sabriel. New York : HarperTrophy, 1995. (Y+)

Sabriel must use her all of her wits to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.


Green, John.

Paper Towns. Grand Haven: Brilliance Audio, 2008. (Y+)

Boring and ordinary are just fine for Quentin “Q” Jacobson until his secret love and childhood best friend, Margo, makes a night visit to his window and invites him out to play pranks. She suddenly disappears the next day and Q goes on a quest to find her.


Parker, Robert B.

The Boxer and the Spy. New York: Listening Library, 2009. (Y+)

Follow in Terry’s tracks as he steps into the boxing ring as well as into a murder mystery.


Pearson, Mary.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Audio Renaissance, 2008. (Y+)

Jenna Fox has been in a coma for over a year. Her memories are almost non-existent so as she tries to rediscover who she is… she learns a devastating secret.


Stone Temple Pilots.

Purple.  New York: Atlantic, 1994.  (Y+)

“Interstate Love Song” is a song featured in this album by the Stone Temple Pilots, a popular alternative/grunge band teens can enjoy listening to.



Rubberneck. New York: Interscope Records, 1994. (Y+)

The well-known track “Possum Kingdom,”is named after the lake in Texas and is said to be the musical telling of a ghost story, but some claim that it is a song about vampires. Eerie and haunting, this grunge-era album is a great way to include some home-grown rock at the Ball.


Vampire Weekend

Contra. New York: XL Recordings, 2010. (Y+)

Included more for name than for sound, this “hipster” album features great music for dancing. Songs like “Cousins” and “Horchata” will be familiar to teens, and the upbeat tracks featuring synthesizers will keep things lively.



Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. New York: Columbia Records, 1992. (Y+)

Soundtracks are a great way to include music at a program without worrying about people being able to hear over the lyrics. This soundtrack features a single from Annie Lennox as well as a creepy score that will make your skin crawl!



Easy Rider.  CA:  Universal Music Special Markets, 2004.  (Y+)

The musical soundtrack from the popular classic, Easy Rider, includes the ever-fun single “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf.



Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection. New York: Caedmon, 2000. (Y+)

A variety of Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling tales.



Interview with the Vampire Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Los Angeles: Geffen, 1994. (Y+)

This soundtrack includes the Guns ‘N Roses song “Sympathy for the Devil” as well as a mix of eerie and ethereal instrumental pieces that will really set the mood for an evening with the undead.



Twilight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. New York: Summit Entertainment/Chop Shop/Atlantic, 2008. (Y+)

This soundtrack features music by some of the artists that kept Stephenie Meyer inspired while she penned the Twilight Saga. Featuring Alt-rock, score music and an Edward-inspired piano solo, this is sure to be a hit with the teen set. Also see other volumes in the Twilight Saga soundtrack series.


Vitamin String Quartet

Gothic Wedding Collection. Los Angeles: Vitamin Records, 2008. (Y+)

The Vitamin String Quartet is known for their tribute albums dedicated to great artists. This album features romantic “gothic” songs from artists including The Cure, Joy Division and The Smiths. These instrumental pieces are great for dancing or for background music during crafts or trivia.


Wells, H G, Howard Koch, and Orson Welles.

The War of the Worlds. Schiller Park: Radio Spirits, 2001. (Y+)

This audio recording adapted from H.G. Well’s novella and aired on public radio in October of 1938.



6teen: Dude of the Living Dead. [United States]: KaBOOM! Entertainment; Fort Mill, SC: Distributed by Phase 4 Films, ©2009. (60 minutes) (Y)
After watching a monster movie marathon, Jude discovers the mall has been taken over by zombies.

13 Going on 30. [United States]: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment; Culver City, CA : ©2004. (97 minutes) (Y+)
On her 13th birthday, Jenna wishes to be 30 and grown up; she wakes up the next morning to discover her wish has come true.

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker. [United States]: Genius Products; Santa Monica, CA: ©2006. (93 minutes) (Y+)
Alex Rider has been trained to be a spy – but it is not until his uncle Ian Rider dies that he learns about it. Now Britain calls upon Alex to serve his country… which may just end up killing him.

Back to the Future. [United States]: Universal Studios Home Entertainment; Universal City, CA : ©2009. (116 minutes) (Y+)
Marty McFly is sent back in time to 1955, where he must bring his parents together to ensure his existence when he gets back to present day.

Beware! the Blob. [United States]: Image Entertainment; Chatsworth, CA: ©2000. (87 minutes) (Y+)
A frozen specimen of the original Blob is inadvertently defrosted and terrorizes the local populous.

The Birds. [United States]: Universal; Universal City, CA: ©2000. (120 minutes) (Y+)
In this Hitchcock classic a socialite and the small town she is visiting experience new heights of fear when birds of all kinds begin attacking without provocation.

Casper. [United States]: Universal; Universal City, CA: ©2003. (99 minutes) (Y)
Cat and her father, the Ghost Therapist, move to a spooky Maine mansion inhabited by four very different spirits.

Catch Me If You Can.  [United States]: DreamWorks Home Entertainment; Universal City, CA: ©2002. (141 minutes) (Y+)
Imagine being a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer all before your 21st birthday. Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. has done exactly that – imagined he was all those things and led other to believe it as well.

Coraline. [United States]: Universal Studios Home Entertainment; Universal City, CA: ©2009. (101 minutes) (Y+)
Based on Neil Gaiman’s novella Coraline soon learns to be careful what you wish for.

Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Legacy Collection. [United States]: Universal Studios; Universal City: ©2004. (241 minutes) (Y+)
A scientific exploration of the Amazon River yields terrifying results when the group encounters an amphibious fish-man.

Dracula. [United States]: Universal Pictures; Universal City: ©2006. (75 minutes) (Y+)
An ancient evil arrives in England and begins to prey on the virtuous young Mina.

Eclipse. [United States]: Summit Entertainment; Universal City, CA: ©2010. (124 minutes) (Y+)
Bella is forced to choose between Edward, a vampire, and Jacob, a werewolf.

Frankenstein Meets the WolfMan. [United States]: MCA Universal Home Video; Universal City, CA: ©1992. (73 minutes) (Y+) (OP)
In the grand tradition of monster vs. monster, Larry Talbot (a.k.a. The Wolf Man) releases Frankenstein’s monster for the ultimate showdown.

Ghostbusters. [United States]: Columbia TriStar Home Video; Culver City, CA: ©1999. (107 minutes) (Y+)
When things start going bump-in-the-night in New York City, who’re you gonna call?

Ghostbusters 2. [United States]: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Culver City, CA: ©2005. (124 minutes) (Y+)
A few years after saving NYC from a giant marshmallow monster the boys are back in their jumpsuits to rescue Dana and her child from a possessed painting.

Ghost Hunters: The Complete First Season. [United States]: Ventura: ©2005. (660 minutes) (Y+)
Join Jason and Grant, plumbers by trade, who hunt for ghosts using modern technology.

Gremlins. [United States]: Warner Home Video; Burbank, CA: ©2007. (106 minutes) (Y+)
A boy breaks the three rules regarding his fuzzy new pet and inadvertently unleashes a horde of mischievous creatures on his hometown.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch. [United States]:  Warner Bros,; Burbank, CA: ©2002. (107 minutes) (Y+)
Gremlins are back and this time in New York City!

Hocus Pocus. [United States]: Disney DVD; Burbank, CA: Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, ©2002.(96 minutes) (Y)
Winifred and her two sisters were hung by the Salem townsfolk, but vowed to return seeking revenge.  Now, three-hundred years later, they have been resurrected and are determined to stay that way.

Improvisation for the Theatre. [United States]:Educational Video Network;Huntsville, TX: ©2004. (33 minutes) (Y)
This DVD has information on teaching middle school and high school teens how to use improv.  The DVD includes a history of improvisation, terms and definitions, techniques, exercises, warm-ups, and routines.

League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. [United States]:20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; Beverly Hills, CA: ©2003.(110 minutes) (Y+)
A legion of heroes has been brought together to fight “The Fantom” and save the world from a gruesome fate.

The Mummy. [United States]: Universal; Universal City, CA: ©1999.(125 minutes). (Y+)
Rick leads researcher Evelyn and her brother to Hamunaptra to search for the Book of the Living. But what they find is more dead that alive… and now it is after them.

National Treasure. [United States]: Walt Disney Home Entertainment; Burbank, CA;  Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, ©2005. (131 minutes) (Y+)
Benjamin Franklin Gates is descended from a long line of people who have closely guarded a treasure hidden by the founding fathers of the United States of America. And when he learns of a plan to locate the treasure, he himself must find it first to keep it safe.

New Moon [United States]: Summit Entertainment; Universal City, CA: ©2010. (130 minutes) (Y+)
Bella goes on a journey in an attempt to save Edward.

Phantom of the Opera. [United States]:  Image Entertainment: Distributed by Image Entertainment, ©1997. (93 minutes) (Y+)
The original silent film was released in 1925 starring Lon Chaney as the mysterious and murderous phantom.

Teen Wolf [United States] : MGM Home Entertainment; Santa Monica, CA: ©2002. (186 minutes) (Y+)
Scott wants to be more than just an average teenager, and his wish comes true.

Twilight [United States]: Summit Entertainment; Universal City, CA: ©2009. (122 minutes) (Y+)
Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington and falls for Edward Cullen, who happens to be a vampire.

The Vampire's Assistant [United States]: Universal Studios Home Entertainment; Universal City, CA: ©2010. (109 minutes) (Y)
Darren is an average teenager until he crosses paths with a vampire named Larten Crepsley.

The War of the Worlds: Based on the Novel by H. G. Wells. [United States]: Paramount Pictures; Hollywood, CA: ©2005. (82 minutes) (Y+)
Earth is attacked by aliens.

The Westing Game. [United States]: Showtime Pictures; Murray, UT: Distributed by Feature Films for Families, ©1997.(95 minutes) (Y+)|How far would you go to become an instant millionaire? Sixteen heirs must uncover the secrets of Samuel W. Westings will so they can claim their fortunes.

The Wolf Man: The Legacy Collection. [United States]:  Universal; Universal City, CA: ©2004. (280 minutes/ 4 full-length films) (Y+)
A man must deal with horrible consequences of being attacked by a legendary creature.

Zombie Girl: The Movie [United States]: R-Squared Films, ©2009. (89 minutes) (Y) A documentary about a 12-year-old filmmaker making a zombie movie.

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