One line on the Young Adult Library Services Association's website is “Dare to Read...For the Fun of It.” Of course, these letters are red and drippy, and other letters on the page are green and gooey—YALSA really seems to want to appeal to teens gearing up for Halloween.
Indeed, a creepy book can be even more scary than a horror movie or haunted house. When something appeals to our imaginations, gets into our heads, it can be really, truly frightening!
Do you like to read scary books and stories? I REALLY don't like horror, but I do love a good murder mystery. My favorite mystery author is Agatha Christie (her books are best for teens and adults), and some mysteries meant for younger kids include Zilpha Keatley Snyder's The Egypt Game and E.L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs.Basil E. Frankweiler. Carol Hurst has compiled a list of many, many more mysteries for kids.
I can't vouch for this list of horror picks—I would be too scared to read the books on the list!—but if horror is your thing, go for it!
It's not just about daring to read scary books!
Teen Read Week is about all sorts of “YA/Young Adult” (teen) books. Here is one of my favorite teen books, from the time I was a teenager to the time my kids were teens, all the way up til now, when I am teaching other people's teens:
The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton.
I also love:
Ender's Game (by Orson Scott Card),
Mara, Daughter of the Nile (by Eloise Jarvis McGraw),
and To Kill a Mockingbird (by Harper Lee).