17 Best Horror Books For 12 Year Olds (7th Grade)

Horror books can be a thrilling genre, even for 12 year olds in 7th grade. However, it’s essential to find books that maintain the right balance between Scare and age-appropriate.

In this post, we will explore the 17 Best Horror Books For 12 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 12 Year Olds.

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Overview Of The 17 Best Horror Books For 12 Year Olds

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Rules for Vanishing

In “Rules for Vanishing” by Kate Alice Marshall, there’s a strange road that appears in the forest once a year. At the end of this road, the ghost calls to enter someone. Sara knows the dangers because her sister, Becca, disappeared a year ago from this road. Sara is determined to find it. She gathers a group of friends and begins their journey. Join them on this adventure filled with fears and horrors.

Anya’s Ghost 

In “Anya’s Ghost” by Vera Brosgol, Anya wants a friend and she finds one. This new friend is no ordinary one, she’s a ghost who has been dead for a very long time. Having a new friend, even a ghost, seems like a good thing. However, things may not be as simple as she thought. It’s a story about an unusual friendship between Anya and a ghost.

Bad Girls Don’t Die

In “Bad Girls Don’t Die” by Katie Alender, there’s a girl named Alexis. Her parents have problems, her little sister Kasey is obsessed with it and things take a odd turn when Kasey acts very strangely. Weird things also happen in their house, Alexis thinks it’s just her imagination at first. But soon, the strange things become dangerous, and Alexis realizes she’s the only one who can save her family.

The Taking of Jake Livingston

In “The Taking of Jake Livingston” by Ryan Douglass, Jake has a unique problem, he can see ghosts. This strange capability is challenging, but life gets even harder at School, where Jake is one of the few Black students dealing with racism from teachers and classmates. However, his problems increase as he faces a ghost, who has evil plans for him. High school becomes a battleground where Jake must navigate the dangers.

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.

The Ghost Tracks

In “The Ghost Tracks” by Celso Hurtado, Erasmo Cruz comes from a tough background. His dad had problems with drugs, and his mom left him and the only family he has is his grandmother, who’s not well because of cancer. To help pay for her treatment, Erasmo starts exploring magical things. He sees some very strange things and tries to figure out what’s behind his clients’ unbelievable stories. As he delves deeper, he finds scary secrets, revealing that the city has more frightening things than he ever imagined.


In “Took” by Mary Downing Hahn, people talk about a witch who lives in the woods. They say she has a strange friend and they snatch young girls who disappear forever. Daniel, a new kid in town, thinks these stories are just meant to scare him. But things take a turn when Erica goes missing in the woods, Daniel realizes something is very wrong.

The Girl in Black

In “The Girl in Black” by CJ Loughty, there’s a new family who settles near the house of Archie. They seem unusual because they can do strange things that don’t make sense. Archie watches the young girl in the family, who always wears black clothes, perform a magic trick in her garden. He’s sure it’s real magic and thinks she might be a witch. Archie decides to investigate, but he soon learns that investigating the mysterious Girl in Black will lead him into dangerous situations.

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.

We’re All Dead Here

In “We’re All Dead Here” by Jake C. Rudquist, a boy named Samuel becomes a ghost and wants to go back to his life. He makes a new friend, Maria. They can also talk to ghosts from the past. To go back to his life, Samuel needs to escape from an old hospital and beat a powerful ghost. Join Samuel on his journey as he navigates the challenges and finds a way to return to his life.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

“In ‘The Haunting of Sunshine Girl’ by Paige McKenzie, Sunshine and her mom Kat move to a new town in Washington. But when they arrive at their new house, Sunshine starts feeling something weird she can’t explain. Weird things start happening and Sunshine realizes there’s something mysterious in their home, and her mom is in danger. She must use her special powers and rescue her mom from a terrible danger.

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.

From Bad to Cursed

In “From Bad to Cursed” by Katie Alender, Alexis has a great life with her family. When her sister joins The Sunshine Club, Alexis is happy, thinking it will provide her with new friends. But she soon realizes that something odd is happening and the club’s members transform into villains. Concerned for her sister, Alexis and her best friend Megan decide to investigate by joining the club themselves. Join them as they find the club’s dark secrets with bravery.

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.

Ghost Boys

In “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes, there’s a boy named Jerome who gets shot by a police officer. Jerome becomes a ghost and sees the trouble this incident causes in his family and community. Jerome meets another ghost named Till, who went through a similar experience at a different time. The book shows how kids and families deal with the challenges in the past of being Black.

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.

Into the Dark

In “Into the Dark” by CJ Loughty, Ella and her family move to a new house in a new town. Ella believes the house is haunted, but her family thinks she’s joking. However, they all get scared when they see the weird black mold that moves on the walls. Ella finds out that the house is cursed by a witch. They try to get rid of it and Ella learns the magic to break the curse.


We hope that our list of horror books for 12 year olds has given you some great options to choose from and you and your 7th 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 12 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 7th grader enjoyed the most, or if there is a favorite book that we missed. Please leave your comments and feedback below.

Best wishes and happy reading!

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