Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

Theme: Fears and Phobias

Abduction - (ISBN: 978-0439847773)

by Gordon Korman

After Aiden’s sister Meg is kidnapped, Aiden eagerly follows the clever clues she leaves behind in this fast-paced novel for younger teens. Meanwhile, Meg conquers her fears by really believing she can live through her perilous situation. Readers will want to continue with the second book in the series, <i>The Search</i>, to find out what really happens.

Erratum - (ISBN: 0525478329)

by Walter Sorrells

Jessica’s bookish interests put her in great danger and also save her life when she comes across an old volume in a bookstore. This is not just any book, but a fluid text that changes as it describes the events that happen just to HER! Jessica must try to alter the prediction of her own death as she maneuvers through a series of revelations, encounters with unusual people, and exercises into the unknown. Would you like to know exactly when you are fated to die? What would you do, like Jessica, to change the events leading up to your demise?

Scat - (ISBN: 978-0375834875 )

by Carl Hiasen

In this combination swamp adventure and eco-thriller, a class trip to the Everglades turns into an exercise in battling dangers (snakes, oil men, a mother panther) and being detectives. This gripping novel will please even the most reluctant readers as the mystery takes unexpected turns and heroes Nick and Marta become more and more human.

School of Fear - (ISBN: 978-0316033268)

by Gitty Daneshvari

Children admitted to this special school all have one thing in common: a mild phobia is controlling their lives. When they arrive, however, their hopes for a “cure” turn upside down as they realize the lead teacher is insane. This humorous approach to facing one’s fears will entertain all readers, no matter what their personal phobias happen to be. What fears do you have that may be affecting your day-to-day behavior? Would a humorous confrontation with them help?

The Prometheus Project: Trapped - (ISBN: 978-0982618417)

by Douglas E. Richards

In this offering, part of a popular series, Ryan and Regan must face aliens, unfamiliar technology, and unimagined perils as part of their lives in a new location. They must also try to confront terrors and tricks in an effort to save their mother’s life. What advice could you give your friends when they come face to face with an unfamiliar menace?

Coraline - (ISBN: 978-0060825454)

by Neil Gaiman

Count Karlstein, or the Ride of the Demon Huntsman - (ISBN: 978-0552548854)

by Philip Pullman

Igraine the Brave - (ISBN: 978-0439903790 )

by Cornelia Funke

The Prometheus Project: Captured - (ISBN: 978-0982618424)

by Douglas E. Richards

The Search - (ISBN: 978-0439847780)

by Gordon Korman

Activities for this Theme

Read Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” to a group of your friends with the lights out. Have a co-conspirator beat a drum to mimic the sound of the heart in the story.


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