October is a magical time of year when the leaves begin to change from green to red and golden yellow. There’s a slight chill in the air as you hear the wind rustling through the trees. And with Halloween right around the corner, your students are full of excitement and anticipation. You’ve decorated the classroom with cobwebs, ghost and ghouls and have even planned ghastly games in the spirit of tradition. But knowing the selfless character of a teacher, you have probably thought very little about your own Halloween festivities. We, here at Reading Horizons, are challenging teachers to take some well-deserved “me” time this year. It’s time to curl up on the couch with a good book to celebrate the magic of the season!
***Each book description is from goodreads.com with minor editing for readability. ***
by Nancy Werlin ∙ Hardcover, 393 pages
Phoebe is drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new girl at school. Soon the two become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory’s magnetic older brother, Ryland, arrives. Ryland has an immediate hold on Phoebe — but it turns into something dangerous, as she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself. Soon Phoebe discovers the shocking, fantastical truth about Ryland and Mallory, and about an age-old debt she’s meant to pay. Will she be strong enough to save herself from the curse?
The Small Hand: A Ghost Story
by Susan Hill ∙ Hardcover, 167 pages
Returning home from a client visit late one evening, Adam Snow takes a wrong turn and stumbles across the derelict old White House. Compelled by curiosity he decides to enter, only to be repelled when he feels the unmistakable sensation of a small hand creeping onto his own. This is just the beginning of a series of odd experiences.
Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger ∙ Hardcover, 406 pages
When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt, only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister.
Niffenegger weaves a captivating story in Her Fearful Symmetry about love and identity, about secrets and sisterhood, and about the tenacity of life--even after death.
A Note Below
A Lansin Island Short Story
by Andrew Butcher ∙ Kindle Edition, 50 pages
Gavin Locke's reluctance to accept there are strange things happening in his home drives away his wife and daughter. As he grows lonelier and the 'hauntings' increase, he realizes something has to be done... before it becomes dangerous.
But what is causing the odd events? And what could it want from Gavin?
Set on Lansin Island, an Island with a dark history of witch burnings, Gavin must find a way to stop the hauntings and bring his family back home.
by Elizabeth Kostova ∙ Paperback, 704 pages
Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.