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Horror Books for a 12-year-old

Horror Books for a 12-year-old

Last week, we got a message on our Instagram page @booxoul from a guy who was asking us to give him some horror book suggestions for a 12-year-old and that’s where we got the idea of writing this post.

Now, there are a ton of horror books out there but how to decide which one would be perfect for the 12-year-old?

What am I trying to say is if you make some 12-year-old read IT, he/she would freak out and would live his/her whole life in fear (ok, I exaggerated a bit here, but you can understand, ain’t you?) and if you give him/her a light horror to read, he/she would standardize horror as some substandard genre (which it definitely isn’t!).

So, before you baffle out about which book to give him/her and which not, let me show you the list which is why you’re here for 😉 :


by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Opening Lines: CORALINE DISCOVERED THE DOOR a little while after they moved into a house.

Page Count: 206 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Quote: “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

Loved by the readers of all ages, Coraline is a spooky yet humorous read and is one of my all-time favorite books. The reason it is on this list is that it is categorized as a children’s book though I have to agree that is really a dark, a really eerie book.

“It was a story that children experienced as an adventure, but which gave adults nightmares. It’s the strangest book I’ve written” – Neil Gaiman

The only thing I can say about this book is 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

“The sky had never seemed so sky; the world had never seemed so world.” 

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Doll Bones
by Holly Black

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Opening Lines: POPPY SET DOWN ONE OF THE MERMAID DOLLS CLOSE to the stretch of asphalt road that represented the Blackest Sea.

Page Count: 256 pages

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Quote: “I hate that everyone calls it growing up, but it seems like DYING.”

Doll Bones by Holly Black is about 3 kids who go on an adventure to return a haunted doll to its grave. It’s a great ghost story that also has some coming-of-age themes. It is fast-paced and spooky. Spooky enough to make the book interesting for us and not-so-scary for kids. Highly recommended!

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“He wondered whether growing up was learning that most stories turned out to be lies.” 


Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story
by Mary Downing Hahn

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

Opening Lines: “YOU’VE BOUGHT a church?” Michael and I looked up from the pile of homework covering most of the kitchen table.

Page Count: 184 pages

Publisher: Harper Collins


I haven’t read this book but have heard a lot about it. Read it’s synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Molly and her ten-year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their seven-year-old stepsister, Heather. Ever since their parents got married, she’s made Molly and Michael’s life miserable. Now their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be a church, with a cemetery in the backyard. If that’s not bad enough, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming for them. Molly feels certain Heather is in some kind of danger, but every time she tries to help, Heather twists things around to get her into trouble. It seems as if things can’t get any worse.

But they do—when Helen comes.

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Hope this helped! If you think that I have missed some books or if there’s any book on this list that shouldn’t be, then do tell me in the comments below. Tell us, ask us anything about books and we will try our best to answer your queries.

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