Six ‘Scary’ Back-to-School Reads

Heading back to school is an amazing time of year when students reunite with old friends, meet new teachers and dive into the joys of learning. Right? Of course, but it can also be scary! From those first day jitters to aliens posing as educators. That’s why I decided to put together this list of back-to-school reads that might just scare your pants off. You’ll find a little bit of everything: haunted castles, fairytale villains, teachers who turn students into apples. Anyone who says that school is boring clearly hasn’t walked the halls of Splendid Academy or faced the wrath of the terrifying Miss Trunchbull.

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IMG_4560KIM VENTRELLA is the author of the middle grade novels HELLO, FUTURE ME (2020), BONE HOLLOW (2019) and SKELETON TREE (2017), all with Scholastic Press. She is a contributor to the upcoming NEW SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK anthology (2020, HarperCollins). Her works explore difficult topics with big doses of humor, whimsy and hope. She lives in Oklahoma City with her dog and co-writer, Hera. Find out more at or follow Kim on Twitter and Instagram.

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