Mysterious and mystifying: Teacher book recommendations

By Denise Tripp

“A Taste for Monsters” by Matthew Kirby.

In 1888, seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man–but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin, she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack’s identity.

By Stephen Merlino 

“Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury.

A nighttime carnival comes to town and two boys, allured by its dark wonders, find horrors behind its shiny curtains and flee for their lives. Bradbury’s prose is haunting and beautiful, and his meditations on childhood and life stay with you after the last page.

“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

A completely original and imaginative young adult novel of a boy raised by ghosts and pursued by supernatural monsters for reasons no one knows. The audiobook is magnificent and lyrical, read by Neil Gaiman himself. I’ve listened to it at least twice.