Get ready for some creepy Halloween Fiction!

Is your Halloween costume ready yet? Have you prepared revolting and scary decorations for your house? Do you have the recipes prepared for a horrendous and disgusting diner with your eerie friends? Did you read the latest Fiction about Monsters, ghosts and ghouls that we have at the Library?

I can’t do anything about the outfit, the decoration and the food but… I can help you with the books!!! So choose one of these stories if you already feel the tension of Halloween growing inside you!

The heart of glass, by Vivian French

Prince Marcus’s adventure is going horribly wrong : gracie Gillypot has disappeared, the dwarves have struck a dangerous bargain with the King of the Trolls and Princess Marigold is in peril- if only she’d stop complaining long enough to realize it. Throw in a scheming goblin, meddling bats and a mysterious heart of glass and you have all the ingredients for another wickedly funny story from the Five Kingdoms.

9 and +


Rise of the Zombie rabbit, by Sam Hay

Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet… Now he is the protector of Undead Pets… and there’s a rampaging rabbit hopping about!

Fluffy the rabbit was snapped up by a hungry fox. Can Joe help her owner stay out of trouble, so Fluffy will hop off to the big rabbit hutch in the sky?

7 and +


Monster and chips, by David O’Connell

Have you ever eaten a plateful of parp tarts, got stuck into a stinky coughy pudding or filled your belly with chewy worm spaghetti?


Well you’ve probably never been to a monster-diner. So come on in… We have the best chips ANYWHERE. Just be careful that the customers don’t think YOU’RE the menu!

7 and +


Home sweet horror, by James Preller

Welcome. Have a seat. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Home sweet Horror isn’t just any tale. This is a SCARY TALE.

Meet Liam Finn, who’s just moved into a new home with his father and sister. But this old house that seems empty, isn’t. Bloody Mary is here- she’s been called back from the dead and she’s just DYING to talk.


8 and + (but only for very brave children!)


Gustav Gloom and the nightmare vault, by Adam-Troy Castro

Gustav Gloom’s neighbors think he is the unhappiest little boy in the world. But what they don’t know is that the strange, dark house Gustav lives in is filled with more wonders and mysteries than could ever be explained. But explain is exactly what Gustav needs to do when Fernie What moves in across the street. And that’s when the adventure really begins…

9 and +


New Fiction for early readers ONLY!

If you are between 6 and 8, these new books are going to be perfect for you!

(but hey… if you are older and you want to read your brother or sister’s books, read these ones, they are really cool! But shhhhhh, don’t tell anybody!)

Be careful what you sniff for, by Nancy Krulik

When Sparky takes a bite of a delicious-smelling bone he dug up in his backyard, he’s in for a big surprise. Chomp, chomp, kaboom! Sparky is magically transported to London. What’s a puppy to do? Eat, of course. Sniff, sniff, sniff- Sparky’s nose leads him to a sausage, cheese, and… the dogcatcher?!

His only hope for escape is to take another bite of his bone. His only problem:He’s nowhere near it! Will Sparky ever be able to make it home?



The playground problem, by Sally Rippin

Jack’s friend Billie is away, so he hangs out with Alex instead. They have heaps of fun together! But what will happen when Billie comes back?

If you like this book then start collecting the books from the series “Hey Jack!”!



Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout, by Megan McDonald


Stink has been going to swimming lessons frog-ever and he still won’t put his face  in the water. But that’s before he meets King Otto the Third, radioactive mutant ninja frog. Now Stink’s feeling more than a little froggy…

Could he be turning into… the amazing frog-Boy?



Alice and the Airy Fairy, by Margaret Clark


Mary the Airy Fairy is coming to stay with Alice and her family. Is she a real fairy? Or is she just a free spirit who needs Alice’s help?

And if you have always wanted to be a Fairy, check out the instructions in the book to make your own magic wand!



So blast off on a great adventure with all these very cool books! They are designed especially for you if you want to start reading independently…

Epic mysteries are fun!!!

Have you ever been wandering around an old castle or a crumbling mansion? Did you hear the stories of the past told by  its ruins or its demolished walls? Did anything odd happen to you that you felt you were going on an adventure?

If so, here is a bunch of medieval-royal-epic mysteries you might enjoy… !

The water Castle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Ephraim Appledore-Smith is an ordinary boy living an ordinary life. But all that changes when his father suffers a stroke, and his family moves to the Water Castle – their ancestral home in the small town of Crystal Springs, Maine.

Mallory Green’s ancestors have always been the caretakers of the Water Castle – and the guardians of its magic. She’s been raised to protect the legend of the Fountain of Youth, rumored to exist on the grounds. But ever since her mom left, she’s stopped believing in magic.

When Ephraim learns of the fountain, he’s sure finding it can cure his dad. With Mallory and Will’s help, Ephraim embarks on a mission that brings them deep into their families’ shared history, through every mysterious room in the Water Castle, and on a quest that will blur the lines between magic and science, creativity and discovery, leaving you to wonder: DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE UNBELIEVABLE???

8 and +

Story’s end, by Marissa Burt

Long ago, a King ruled the land of Story… During his reign, Heroes, Villains and characters of all kinds lived out tales filled with daring quests and epic struggles.

Then the king disappeared, and over the years, nearly everyone forgot that he had ever existed. Now an evil Enemy has emerged, determined to write a new future for Story that he will control. And an ordinary girl named Una Fairchild is inextricably tangles up in his deadly plan…

9 and +


Thrice upon a Marigold, by Jean Ferris

Once… Twice… Thrice the fun!

There’s always trouble on the way to happily-ever-after in Zandelphia-Beaurivage, but don’t tell King Christian and Queen Marigold. They’ve just welcomed little Princess Poppy to the royal family. Life at the palace seems happier than ever- until the princess is kidnapped by the kingdom’s ex-torturer-in-chief and ex-poisoner-in-chief as an act of revenge!

Rescuing the princess from the bad guys won’t be easy- it might take the king, the queen, the royal guards, a librarian, a blacksmith, a retired wizard, a white elephant, and a fire-breathing dragon! Can this royal kidnapping caper finally end in a happily-ever-after for all?

8 and +



Indian Storytime at Kilbirnie Library

On Wednesday 28th August at 10.30am we will be holding a very special preschool Storytime at Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library. Come along and listen to Indian stories. There will also be music, songs and dancing to celebrate India month. You can have your hands painted with Henna if you wish!
See you there…



Do you prefer creepy or splashy Fiction?

The two options kind of have nothing to do with each other, but that’s one of the fun things about books! You can jump from one universe to another in just a blink!

Let’s start with the creepy scary books first…

Gustav Gloom and the people taker, by Adam-Troy Castro

Gustav Gloom’s neighbors think he is the unhappiest little boy in the world. But what they don’t know is that the strange, dark house Gustav lives in is filled with more wonders and mysteries than could ever be explained. But explain is exactly what Gustav needs to do when Fernies What moves in across the street. And that’s when the adventure really begins…

Age 9+


Class is not dismissed! by Gitty Daneshvari

Madeleine Masterson is deathly afraid of bugs. Theodore Bartholomew is petrified of dying. Lulu Punchalower is scared of confined spaces. Garrison Feldman is terrified by deep water.

After discovering that each of her former students has slipped back into their old fears, headmistress Mrs Wellington, brings Madeleine, Theo, Lulu and Garrison back for mandatory summer school at “School of Fear”.

Facing their fears is terrifying enough, but when they are joined by a fifth student (and a mysterious entity lurking in the woods) things get even scarier.

Age 8+


And what do we have for watery splashy Fiction?

Below, by Meg McKinlay

The Mayor flipped a lever, and everyone cheered as Old Lower Grange was submerged beneath five thousand swimming pool’s worth of water. But Cassie’s family wasn’t there to see it – they were too busy rushing to the hospital to deliver an eight-weeks-early Cassie.

Now twelve years later, Cassie feels drawn to the mysteries hidden beneath the surface of the manmade lake- and she’s not the only one. Her classmate Liam joins Cassie on the lake’s forbidden side. As the summer heats up, the water drops lower and lower, offering them glimpses of the ghostly town and uncovering secrets. But like a swimmer who ventures too far from shore, Cassie realizes she can’t turn back. Can she bring their suspicions to light before it’s too late?

Age 10+


Charlie Joe Jackson’s guide to Summer vacation, by Tommy Greenwald

It’s like permanent opposite day, where the dorks are the cool kids and the cool kids are the losers. But Charlie Joe is determined to convince the entire camp to hate reading and writing-one genius at a time. Can he pull it off? Or will he turn into one of them? It’s finally summer vacation! But instead of hanging out with his friends and playing with his dogs, Charlie Joe Jackson has to face his worst fear : academic summer camp. Camp Rituhbukkee is exactly hoe Charlie Joe pictures it: books and nerds as far as the eye can see.

Age 8+

So just dive into one of these books and you will either get soaked or petrified!


Storytime with Tina Matthews

We were so lucky to have Tina Matthews visiting Kilbirnie Library for our Preschool Storytime last Wednesday! Just the day after she won the Russell Clark medal for her Picture Book “A great cake”, she read it to us using big illustrated posters and adding lots of nifty details. She also read her previous picture books “Waiting for later” and “Out of the egg”.

It was very special for the children to hear stories read by their very own creator!


New Fun Funky Fiction!

Llama Drama  It is showtime, by Rose Impey

It’s a huge surprise when Farmer Palmer chooses Lewie the Llama to guard his new lambs. It is the most important job on the farm and everyone thought he’d pick the biggest, strongest, loudest llama. Lewie is the best at singing and dancing but is he a match for a cunning coyote?

Another Awesome animals book!

Age 7+


The snake who came to stay, by Julia Donaldson

There is a big racket at Polly’s holiday home for pets. The guinea pigs, the mynah bird and Doris the snake all have something to say! But what will Polly’s mum say when Doris goes missing?

Age 6+


The wrong Pong singin in the Drain, by Steven Butler

Rubella is desperate to star as the grumptious stepsister in Whingerella. Her chuffly parents think Rubella looks a right Honker, squeezed into her tutu and tights. But she’s not the only one with showbizzly ambitions. Snickerish show director Abominatia Bunt hatches a dreadsy plot, but when Neville discovers the rottish truth he invents a grotsome plan…

Age 8+


Me, the queen and Christopher, by Giles Andreae

Freya’s the luckiest girl in the world. She’s been invited to have tea WITH THE QUEEN ! But it’s not quite what you might expect… It’s not all butlers and silver platters.

Take a peek behind the scenes at how the Queen lives in this funny and touching book by bestselling and popular Giles Andreae and Tony Ross.

Age 6+

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang : the magical car, by Ian Fleming

“Crackpot” is what everybody calls the Pott family. So when they go to buy a new car and come back with a wreck, nobody is surprised. Except for the Potts themselves. First, the car has a name. And she tells them what it is. Then they find that she can fly. And swim… Chitty chitty Bang Bang is a car on a mission to stop a criminal gang in its tracks- and she is taking the Potts with her!

Age 8+