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Books About the Paranormal

Many young adults have a strong interest in unexplained phenomenon, witchcraft, ghosts, aliens, etc. Selecting good books on these topics can be difficult. Presented here is a brief bibliography of books on the supernatural.

Aliens, by Judith Herbst
This edition from the series The Unexplained examines whether aliens are fact or fiction. Have there been alien abductions? What are UFOs? This book addresses many of those questions. Perfect for upper elementary and middle school readers.

Black Magic and Witches, by Tamara L. Roleff (Editor)
This book in the Fact or Fiction? series is a straight forward presentation of information about witchcraft. Essays are included that present the concerns and problems with witchcraft, Harry Potter, and black magic. The other viewpoint is presented with information about Wicca as an ancient religion, the persecution of witches, and the modern practice of witchcraft. Additional resources are offered. An excellent resource for middle school readers.

Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens, by Ellen Dugan
This book for young adults is intended to serve as an introduction to witchcraft. Dugan outlines the uses of crystals, herbs, stones, colors, and candles. She also clearly discusses the differences between the practice of Wicca as a religion and the television/movie presentation of witchcraft. As a religious practice, Dugan stresses the ethics and dedication to hard work.

Haunted Houses, by Patricia D. Netzley
In this book from the Mystery Library, Netzley relates different types of hauntings, ghosts, poltergeists, and apparitions. She also covers sťances, ghost hunting, and paranormal frauds. The terms are well defined, with enough interest to keep the reader engaged, but not too academic. A popular book with upper elementary and middle school readers.

Scams!: Ten Stories That Explore Some of the Most Outrageous Swindlers and Tricksters of All Time, by Andreas Schroeder
From the True Stories from the Edge series. Schroeder does an excellent job of presenting stories of hucksters and hoaxes throughout history. A great book for reluctant readers. They will get caught up in the adventures of P.T. Barnum and other tricksters, who spin their stories for those who want to believe. Included are recent cons that have fooled even the experts.

Looking for spooky stories? Take a look at Ghost Stories for Intermediate Grades.

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