Young Adult Novels

The Whisperings

Tundra Books (Penguin Random House Canada), coming in 2025!

House of Ash and Bone

Tundra Books (Penguin Random House Canada), 2023

The Haunted meets House of Salt and Sorrows in this young adult debut horror by acclaimed Canadian master of the macabre Joel A. Sutherland.

Seventeen-year-old Josephine Jagger is a talented writer with special abilities she doesn’t fully understand. Over the years she has developed methods to cope with the voices she hears in her head, but the old house her family has inherited in Vermont makes Josephine question what’s real and what’s not more than anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s filled with shadows, and whispers, and the unshakable feeling of being watched. Josephine then catches her first glimpse of a shadowy woman with long hair, pale skin, an impossibly wide smile and hollow pits for eyes. Her name is Dorcas, the ghost of a witch who died three hundred years ago. She has summoned the family to Vermont to ensnare them — then consume them — in order to rise from the grave and live again . . .

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Middle Grade Novels

Haunted Canada the Graphic Novel: Four Terrifying Tales

Scholastic Canada, coming September 1, 2024!

For over 20 years, kids across Canada have delighted in the spooky stories of the Haunted Canada series!

And now, for the first time, four of these tales from award-winning author Joel A. Sutherland have been adapted into chilling graphic novellas. Each story is brought to ghastly life by a different illustrator, and brought together in one terrifying volume.

In this first collection, horror lovers will read about:A corpse that haunts a crossroads. A creepy doll with a mind of its own. An island that is no vacation destination. A neighbour with a scary reputation.

Perfect for those who love graphic novels and existing fans of the original series, these four stories have it all: creepy Canadian settings, hair-raising history and super-scary storytelling. Illustrated in full colour, these blood-curdling tales are sure to keep any reader turning the pages ― and awake at night.

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Summer's End

Scholastic Canada, 2024 (reissue)

One terrifying summer can stay with you forever.

It’s the summer before high school and Jacob and his friends are determined to make it a memorable one. This may be the last couple of months they have together; once school starts, they’ll be going their separate ways: Ichiro’s family is moving to Japan, and while Jacob and the twins, Hayden and Hannah, are staying behind in Valeton, they’ll be going to different high schools. When they discover an old, abandoned home on a remote island of their Muskoka community, things suddenly take an unexpected turn. The kids find themselves inexplicably drawn to the house that had once been a sanatorium for children with tuberculosis and learn that it has some haunting secrets to hide.

A nail-biting novel from Canadian horror master Joel A. Sutherland ― now with an even creepier new look.

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Screamers

Scholastic Canada, 2021

When the hit television show Screamers announces a contest for young fans to appear on an upcoming episode, it’s all kids can talk about. So when Sai, Jason, and Aaliyah, strangers from different parts of the country, are selected from the thousands of applicants, they can't believe their luck. They pack their bags and travel to Winnipeg, excited to work with Zoë Winter, the show’s biggest star!

Zoë is famous, respected, and making more money than she ever thought she would . . . and she’s not even in high school yet! But money doesn’t buy happiness, and Zoë longs for a normal life with normal friends, which is why she’s just as excited about the contest as the three lucky winners. But little does she know that her life is about to imitate her art while filming the latest episode on location.

The creepy set, an abandoned amusement park called Pennyland, is haunted by a real ghost straight out of their worst nightmares: the park’s original mascot, Beauregard, an old clown with smeared makeup and threadbare clothes. Beauregard isn’t willing to accept that Pennyland closed years ago, and he’s determined to stage one final show for his captive young audience . . .Zoë’s talent for screaming is going to be put to good use. Sai, Jason and Aaliyah are going to prove themselves quick studies. And their visit to Pennyland is going to be anything but amusing.

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Field of Screams

Scholastic Canada, 2019
Sourcebooks Young Readers, 2020

Darius is excited that his cousin, Ryan, is coming to stay for a weekend in October. Though they used to be close, Darius hasn't seen his cousin since Ryan moved to Vancouver from central B.C. several years before. The visit doesn't get off to a good start. Ryan has changed and can't stop talking about how much better the city is than the country.

Eager to win back his favour, Darius plans a trip to Scarecrow Farm, a local farm that morphs into a Halloween attraction each fall. The boys used to love visiting when they were younger. Only Scarecrow Farm is nothing like they remember and seems to have fallen on hard times. It's not long before they become disorientated and lost in the corn maze. Just as they're beginning to panic, they come across a younger boy who seems even more lost . . . not in the maze, but in this plane of existence!

Can Darius and Ryan escape before they become the latest two victims of the corn maze?

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Night of the Living Dolls

Scholastic Canada, 2018
Sourcebooks Young Readers, 2020

After her grandmother dies, Zelda's family travels to Summerside, P.E.I., to arrange the funeral.

Everything in Grandma Fitzgerald's house reminds Zelda of her. As Zelda comes to grips with her grief, Sadie Sees, the doll her grandmother gave her when she was very young, is a great comfort.

That is, until she hears the doll speaking on her own one night . . .

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Kill Screen
(US title: Ghosts Never Die)

Scholastic Canada, 2017
Sourcebooks Young Readers, 2020

Everyone in Evie’s east-coast school is obsessed with Kill Screen, one of the scariest, most intense video games on the market! But no one has ever beat the game and many believe there must be a defect in the last level, making victory impossible to attain.

When Evie finally figures out how to defeat the final ghost, the Wisp, her work is far from over, for as the first person to ever complete Kill Screen, she’s unwittingly unleashed the Wisp into our world!

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The House Next Door
(US title: The Nightmare Next Door)

Scholastic Canada, 2017
Sourcebooks Young Readers, 2020

Having grown up in the country with woods to explore and lakes to swim in, Matt isn't exactly thrilled when his parents move to a new subdivision of cookie-cutter houses an hour east of Toronto. But he's determined to make the most of the move. His little sister Sophie, on the other hand, is absolutely miserable. That is, until they discover that the house next door ― an old stone farmhouse, whose owners have stubbornly refused to sell to developers ― has a horse!

Sophie doesn't care if the horse is past its prime; maybe whoever lives next door might even let her ride it if she helps care for it. Which would be a great plan . . . if only the horse and its owners weren't already dead!

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