Young Adult Books Stranger than Stranger Things

By Rachel F. Fri, June 28, 2019

This is not a drill friends: Stranger Things is coming back! I repeat, Stranger Things is coming back just in time for the Independence Day weekend!

In the meantime while we all wait, let me suggest some titles to quench your thirst for all things weird and weirder.

The Woods written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Michael Dialynas
On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Girls by written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang
In the early hours after Halloween on 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and supernatural mysteries collide in this series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
On the outside, there's Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer who is days away from the life of her dreams, when suddenly something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there's Amber, locked up for so long she can't imagine freedom. Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls' darkest mysteries. What unfolds is a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.
 

 

 

 

Spill Zone written by Scott Westerfeld and illustrated by Alex Puvilland
Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. The Spill claimed Addison's parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn't spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone's twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death—or worse. When an eccentric collector makes a million-dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared. Within the Spill Zone, Hell awaits—and it seems to be calling Addison's name.

 

When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry
Seventeen-year-old Franny and her friends, The Ordinary, fill their time in traumatized Spendor, Ohio, filming their investigations of local legends for YouTube, but when they investigate a cosmic event, everything changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life—even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

 

 

 

Did I miss your favorite supernatural creeper? Let me know in the comments!

<i>Stranger Things</i> Season 3 poster by Kyle Lambert
Stranger Things Season 3 poster by Kyle Lambert

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