All Hallows Read 2016 : What Books We’re Giving To The Kids This Year


Once again, this year, we’ll be celebrating, All Hallows Read.

What’s All Hallows Read? It’s a fantastic holiday book-giving project! The main premise: give someone a scary book for Halloween! Gosh, can I tell you how much better this goes down in our house than the stale caramels and ambiguous-looking “chews” we weed out of the trick-or-treat bags?!! And you bet miss Bea would rather be in her favourite bookstore, Indigo, than in a candy shop! 

So, what are we giving for All Hallows Read? 

Our teen reader, Bea, will be receiving six novels in four this Halloween. How’s that for a trick-or-treat?  She’ll have her a first taste of the gothic novel with a Walpole, Beckford, Shelley omnibus, the Penguin Classic, Three Gothic Novels: The Castle of Otranto, Vathek, and Frankenstein. Additionally, she’ll receive three Y.A. books that are the first in their series: the photo-illustrated novel of a creepy summer dormitory experience, Asylum, by Madeleine Roux, the vampire-hearts-human saga, Evernight by Claudia Gray, and the futuristic teen-assassin dystopia, The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings.

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Our pre-teen reader, Toby, is not always so keen on scary stuff. So, we’re going with a tried and true classic, Neil Gaiman’s tale of a boy raised by ghosts, The Graveyard Book, as well as the new omnibus Graveyard Book Graphic Novel. To those, we’ll add the gorgeous Boy of a Thousand Faces by Brian Selznick, a novel about a boy who loves monsters and monster movies and who must track down the mystery of the Beast stalking his town. We might also tempt T with one of the recent titles in the Scholastic series, Haunted Canada

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To one of our friends’ pre-teen daughters, we’ll be giving Gaiman and McKean’s picture book about a girl who is sure she hears The Wolves in the Walls. And, for her early-elementary years brother, we’ll be giving either Ursula Vernon’s hysterical Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Weiner or Vernon’s brand new witchy book, Castle Hangnail.


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For the twin daughter and son of a musical friend of ours, we’ll likely send the audio-visual murder mystery The Composer is Dead, by Lemony Snicket, that is, if we can part ways with it, first.


And, for tiny little ones near and far, we’re giving any one of these cute Jennifer Adams board books like DraculaFrankenstein, and, my favourite, Sherlock Holmes.

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Still in doubt? A great book for kids of all ages has got to be Ludwig Bemonster’s [Rick Walton and Nathan Hale’s] hilarious take on the classic Madeleine, Frankenstein. You can tell this one’s a winner from the cover alone!!


So, what do you think? Are you planning on giving someone a good scare for Halloween? Then, why not give a book?

Happy All Hallows Read, Everyone!

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