Scritch Scratch (Hardcover)

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"This is a teeth-chattering, eyes bulging, shuddering-and-shaking, chills-at-the-back-of-your-neck ghost story. I loved it!"R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series

For fans of Small Spaces and the Goosebumps series by R.L Stine comes a chilling ghost story based on real Chicago history about a malevolent spirit, an unlucky girl, and a haunting mystery that will tie the two together.

Claire has absolutely no interest in the paranormal. She's a scientist, which is why she can't think of anything worse than having to help out her dad on one of his ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. She thinks she's made it through when she sees a boy with a sad face and dark eyes at the back of the bus. There's something off about his presence, especially because when she checks at the end of the tour…he's gone.

Claire tries to brush it off, she must be imagining things, letting her dad's ghost stories get the best of her. But then the scratching starts. Voices whisper to her in the dark. The number 396 appears everywhere she turns. And the boy with the dark eyes starts following her.

Claire is being haunted. The boy from the bus wants something...and Claire needs to find out what before it's too late.

Pick up Scritch Scratch if you are looking for:

  • A book for middle school students, 5th grade to 9th grade
  • A story with a strong female protagonist that explores bravery, friendship, and family
  • Mystery books for kids 9-12
  • Chilling ghost stories and ghost books for kids (perfect for Halloween!)
  • Historical mysteries and Chicago history books for kids

About the Author

Lindsay lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and three kids. She loves coffee, Halloween, Disney World and things that go bump in the night! She is the author of Scritch Scratch, What Lives in the Woods, The Girl in White, It Found Us and The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street. Visit her online at

Praise For…

"Scritch Scratch brims with eerie thrills and nail-biting chills that are sure to keep readers turning pages. Don't dare read this at night!" — Kate Hannigan, author of Cape, book one in The League of Secret Heroes series

"The historical details are fascinating...Mary Downing Hahn fans will enjoy this just-right blend of history and spooky." — Kirkus Reviews

"Delightfully chilling and rooted in history, this haunting thrill ride will keep you hooked." — Jess Keating, author of Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray

"A spooky mystery with a sweet heart. Readers will be gripped by Currie's storytelling, and encouraged and excited to look into the history of their own cities and towns." — Jarrett Lerner, author of the EngiNerds series

"This is a teeth-chattering, eyes bulging, shuddering-and-shaking, chills-at-the-back-of-your-neck ghost story. I loved it!" — R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series

"[Offers] a ghost-hunterly blend of reality and chills that should appeal to many readers with creepy interests, and this dive into spooky Chicago history will keep them scarily happy until they’re ready for Selzer’s Just Kill Me." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A spine-tingling blend of hauntings and history." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781728209722
ISBN-10: 1728209722
Publisher: Sourcebooks Young Readers
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 288
Language: English