15 Scary Horror Books For 11 Year Olds (6th Grade)

Introducing young readers to the world of horror literature can bring an exciting experience. For 11 year olds, normally in the 6th grade, it’s hard to find books that offer thrills without being too overwhelming. However, there are numerous age-appropriate horror books available.

In this post, we will explore the 15 Scary Horror Books For 11 Year Olds.

In fact:

The horror books mentioned in this post are based on comprehensive research and reviews and are considered some of the best Horror Books For 11 Year Olds.

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Overview Of The 15 Scary Horror Books For 11 Year Olds

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The Graveyard Book

“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman, tells the story of a boy named Owens, who is raised by ghosts in a graveyard. He has adventures in the graveyard. But if he leaves the graveyard, he’ll be in danger. It’s an exciting story of survival and the dangerous world outside the graveyard.

The Dollhouse Murders

In “The Dollhouse Murders” by Betty Ren Wright, Amy is faced with a terrifying mystery. Strange noises and doll movements in the dollhouse spark fear in her heart. Amy can’t believe that dolls can move on their own, but every night, she witnesses the doll change positions. As she delves deeper into the mystery, she finds family secrets and other truths.

Night of the Living Dummy

In “Night of the Living Dummy” by R. L. Stine, Lindy finds a special kind of dummy and she names it Slappy. Lindy has fun learning how to make it move and talk. But her sister Kris becomes jealous and decides to get a dummy of her own to show her sister. However, scary things start happening once Kris gets her dummy. The two sisters must face their fears and face this situation with bravery.

The Haunted Mask

In “The Haunted Mask” by R. L. Stine, Steve wants a super scary Halloween costume to beat Beth’s from last year. He gets a creepy mask from the same store Beth got hers. The mask looks very dangerous. At first, Steve has the scariest mask in town, but weird things start happening. The mask changes him, and he starts feeling unusual. Steve’s friends and family must work together to help him free from the clutches of the haunted mask.

The Mystery of Darkhill School

“In The Mystery of Darkhill School” by CJ Loughty, Bella isn’t happy about moving to a new town and a new school. She becomes upset when she finds out her school is haunted by a creepy old man who walks to scare students. Bella and her friends try to figure out who he is and what he wants.

Welcome to Camp Nightmare

In “Welcome to Camp Nightmare” by R. L. Stine, Billy’s summer takes a turn when he arrives at Camp Nightmoon. The real trouble begins when strange events start happening at night and the fellow campers start disappearing. Billy is afraid something very wrong is going on at Camp Nightmoon, and he might be in danger too. Join Billy as he tries to survive and find the camp’s secrets.

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Part of Your Nightmare

In “Part of Your Nightmare” by Vera Strange, Shelly is navigating the challenges of middle school after her parents’ separation. Eager to fit in with the kids, she stumbles upon a mysterious shell that calls the sea witch, Ursula. Shelly seizes the opportunity to make a deal that could secure her place among the school’s coolest girls. However, as her wish takes a turn, she must find a way to free herself from Ursula’s grip.

Escape Room

In “Escape Room” by Maren Stoffels, four teenagers, Alissa, Sky, Miles, and Mint are excited to take on the challenge of an escape room. The rules seem clear, choose a game, get locked in a room, solve the mysteries, and exit within 60 minutes. It should be a night of thrilling fun, but their adventure takes a terrifying turn when they realize the Game Master has a wicked intention of making them captive. Join them on this journey to freedom.


In “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman, Coraline finds a strange door that takes her to a house that looks like her own. However, things get weird when she meets another mother and father who want her to stay with them forever. They plan to change her and never let her go. Coraline must be clever and brave to save herself and go back to her normal life.

The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King

In “The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King” by Max Brallier, Jack and his friends is living their life in peace. However when they’re being chased by a scary Nightmare King and an ancient evil that wants to destroy the Earth. Jack and his friends are in for a more complicated adventure than they expected. Join them as they face the challenges of the monster apocalypse.

Christina’s Ghost

In “Christina’s Ghost” by Betty Ren Wright, Christina is expecting a fun summer at her grandma’s farm. While looking for something to do, she meets the ghost of a young boy, which makes her think there are secrets in the house. She needs to convince her uncle that something ghostly is happening before the scary thing gets them.

Stranger Things

“Stranger Things” by Rana Tahir takes you on an adventure to the mysterious part of Hawkins, Indiana. Join Eleven, Dustin, Max, Lucas, and their friends as they explore the mysterious places, where strange things happen.

Time for Andrew

In “Time for Andrew” by Mary Downing Hahn, Drew is scared of his Aunt’s house because it’s dark and he hears someone crying in the shadows. One night, Drew wakes up and sees a boy who looks just like him but seems like a ghost. It’s a story full of scary adventures.

The Outsider

In “The Outsider” by Stephen King, a town is shocked when they find the body of a boy in a park. All the clues point to Terry, a man in the town. The detective, who knows Terry, quickly arrests him. Even though Terry says he didn’t do it, the case looks strong because there’s DNA evidence along with the other clues. But as they investigate more, they find scary and disturbing things that make the story more tense and dangerous.

Ghosts of Belle Isle

In “Ghosts of Belle Isle” by Steven K. Smith, brothers Sam and Derek are eager to explore Belle Isle, a historic place. However, they quickly learn that the island has a weird history. When the boys and their friend Caitlin find a mysterious mural, they begin on a dangerous journey to find the truth. Join them as they face their fears, explore history, and discover secrets in a suspenseful adventure.


We hope that our list of horror books for 11 year olds has given you some great options to choose from and you and your 6th grader will have fun while exploring these horror books together.

The horror books recommended in this list have been thoroughly researched and reviewed, and are considered some of the best Horror Books For 11 Year Olds. While I may not have personally read all of these books, they have been highly recommended by other readers.

We would love to hear from you about which horror book your 6th grader enjoyed the most, or if there is a favorite book that we missed.

Best wishes and happy reading!

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