Teen Read Week 2012 – Gothic Tales


The Berkeley High Library is celebrating the annual Teen Read Week this year by encouraging our teens to read just for the fun of it.  This week we will be sharing some  titles from our collection that go along with the themes of horror and mystery.  First up:  Gothic books! ( BTW, gothic means a literary style characterized by gloom, the grotesque, and the supernatural.)

Works of Edgar Allen Poe by Edgar Allen Poe.  A collection of writings by the father of the American gothic tale, including “The Tell-tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Raven.  FIC POE


Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause – A girl that lives in both human and wolf form must learn to live without her father while trying to find her own place in the world, while battling her pack and falling in love.  FIC KLA

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – This hauntingly beautiful book features a hero that’s drawn to a cursed girl who is struggling with her power and what her future holds.  FIC GAR

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel – In this re-telling of Frankenstein our hero struggles with morality while trying to save his brother with the Elixir of Life.  FIC OPP

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – This lush book set in the Victorian era is replete with a creepy castle like boarding school, colorful cast and a mystery and ending that defines the term gothic.  FIC BRA

Ruined by Paula Morris – A great New Orleans ghost tale filled with voodoo mystery and a heroine who is in the center of it all.  FIC MOR

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley –  A frightening creation myth for our own time, Frankenstein remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written and is an undisputed classic of its kind.  FIC SHE

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey – This gothic adventure has a monster hunting hero who must help save the world from a monster invasion.  FIC YAN


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