Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
If you’re up for a creepy ghost story, this is just the book for you. At about 300 pages, it’s perfect for that last minute book report because you will find it hard, if not impossible, to set down. When I read it, it reminded me of some of my favorite Stephen King books titles, only much shorter. It’s the story of Danny and his dad, who’ve just moved to the “middle of nowhere” in the Canadian wilderness. In fact, they’ve been moving continually since Danny’s mom died a couple years back, staying one just step ahead of their memories of her. Fortunately, Danny has made some friends; unfortunately, they’re all a little strange: brothers Pike (a pyromaniac nutcase) and Howie (a neurotic genius), and Ash (a Native-American girl who’s a boxing champ!). The non-stop action starts as Danny is walking home late one night, and he swears that something is following him. Turns out that something was, something non-human! When this ginormous, white creature catches him, it stings him, leaving a tiny blue pinpoint mark at the site of the sting. Although even his friends don’t believe him, the same monster attacks Howie when he and his brother are ice fishing. Ashley’s full-blooded Ojibwa father tells Danny a story about Windigos, “big, ugly things.with a chunk of ice for a heart,” and they come to realize what’s after them. The four teenagers must figure something out before the “bone chiller” calls Danny and Howie to their bloody deaths. Make sure you have a couple hours to read when you start this fast-paced story–I promise you won’t be able to put it down .