Nightbooks by J.A. White


A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive. This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling.Alex’s original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he’ll run out of pages to read from and be trapped forever. He’s loved scary stories his whole life, and ...

Details Nightbooks

Release DateJul 24th, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Horror, Writing, Books About Books

Reviews Nightbooks

  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    I was completely enthralled reading this. It felt like a perfect blend of Grimm’s Fairytales and Neil Gaiman stories.
  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    Thank you Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen books for sending me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. “After his family had finally fallen asleep, Alex slung the bagpack over his shoulder and snuck out of the apartment..” The moment I read the synopsis on Goodreads I knew it was the kind of book for me. The book might have been written for a middle grade audience, but I absolutely loved it! Witches, magic and scary storie...
  • La La
    Even though this was much more suited to Middle Grade age readers than the author's Thickety books, because there was no graphic violence, it had other problems. The good parts were very very good, but the dry boring parts were longer than they had to be. It felt almost like filler, which to me makes no sense in MG because younger kids still like books that don't take forever to read. The boring segment in the beginning worries me a bit because m...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Alex becomes trapped in a magical apartment in his building, and in order to stay alive, he has to tell the witch who captured him a scary story every night. This middle grade retelling of Arabian Nights with a horror twist is appropriate for the target age group, and Alex's short stories will easily capture the attention of many readers.
  • Marta Barrales
    By now I’m truly convinced that middle grade books are the best. Truth is, I’ve been having a very difficult time finding time to read these days. With so much work to do and classes to attend and things to do around my house, I can hardly find a moment to just sit and read. Let alone motivation.So, I’ll admit I wasn’t very excited to start Nightbooks. But it turns out that this mix of little motivation, low expectations and little time w...
  • Carina Olsen
    This is my fifth book read by this awesome author. I absolutely adored his first four books, which was the most amazing middle grade series. Which is why I have been dying to read new books by him for ages. I felt sure that I would love this, because his first books were so good, but oh, I'm heartbroken to say that I did not.And this book ended up being pretty disappointing for me. Which makes me so sad. But it simply was not meant to be. I have ...
  • Melanie Dulaney
    My personal rating is 3 stars, but readers of scary, creepy and gruesome will rate it much higher. The main character of Nightbooks is Alex, lover of monsters, dark magic, and anything terrifying. He records his very creative horror stories in regular black and white composition books until an event pushes him to destroy them. On his way to do just that, he is lured into an apartment in his building and enters a witch’s lair. (Shades of Hansel ...
  • KWinks
    This was an exciting read! I love stories within stories and each of the little bonus tale is pretty chilling! What I loved about this was the originality and the fresh modern spin. No spoilers, but Alex is dealing with something that I had to deal with when I was younger and I have NEVER seen in print before-an adult giving BAD advice to a child without looking further into the situation. There are a lot of great discussion points here for a boo...
  • Sandy O'Brien
    “You’re not like everyone else, and there’s nothing you can do about it! We are what we are. These stories, they’re just the real you bubbling to the surface...” Being trapped in a room full of books would be a dream, but not when a witch is the one that traps you there. #MGlit
  • Fenny (wit.and.reading)
    I was provided an e-ARC of this book by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!read my full review here:
  • Hazel West
    Gah! J. A. White is definitely one of my absolute favorite middle grade authors. I loved his Thickety series, and Nightbooks did not disappoint either. It's quite a bit different than his other series, but just as deliciously dark. I loved the nods to 1,001 Nights and Hansel and Gretel in this one. Alex is an extremely likable (and for me relatable) character. A kid who loves and writes horror stories so everyone things he's weird and his teacher...
  • Pop Bop
    More Than Just Scheherazade LiteWhen I looked at the blurbs for this book I got the impression that it would end up as a sort of scary story anthology loosely held together by a Scheherazade frame. I was wrong. This is much more interesting than only that, in terms of being a fully realized tale, and while it's somewhat predictable it ends up being more like a clever and engaging improvisation on Hansel and Gretel.MILD PREMISE SPOILER. Our hero, ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusAlex ventures down to the basement of his apartment building to burn his creepy short stories that he feels make him a weird outsider, and he hears his favorite movie playing in an apartment when the elevator stops on the wrong floor. Even though he knows better, he knocks on the door, and when the woman who answers invites him in, he enters her apartment. Too late! She's Natacha, an evil witch who kidnaps and enslaves ch...
  • Valerie McEnroe
    Alex is obsessed with all things scary. Unfortunately, he learns too late that obsessions can lead to one’s demise. He’s on his way to the basement to destroy his writing notebooks when he hears “Night of the Living Dead” on the TV in another apartment. He knocks on the door and that’s when he becomes a character in his own horror story.As it happens, a witch is the occupant of this apartment, and she has successfully lured and trapped ...
  • Katy
    When presented with the opportunity to read Nightbooks ahead of its release date, I reacted as any eloquent-yet-humble bibliophile would: I flailed like a pre-teen girl with front row tickets to her favorite boy band. After being traumatized by J. A. White’s Thickety series (in the best possible way, I assure you), I was looking forward to seeing what further nightmares he had in store for me.I advise you to learn from my mistakes and finish th...
  • Jennifer
    Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplierAs Alex creeps from his apartment to destroy the notebooks that hold the scary stories he has written, he finds himself drawn to apartment 4E and then trapped inside. The resident witch requires that he read a story a night to keep her – and the apartment – happy and calm. But Alex only wants out of this creepy apartment and he fears that his writer’s block may lea...
  • Marzie
    3.5 StarsThis book for middle graders has its strong points, including a child central character who loves to read and especially to write. It also shows a collaborative friendship develop out of adversity between the protagonist, Alex, the young writer, Yasmin, a girl stranded in the same magical apartment by an evil witch, and Lenore, a very interesting cat. Alex was captured by the witch and kept to tell his stories, because the witch perceive...
  • Kim McGee
    Alex is a creepy kid with a love of all things scary but when he decides that it makes him look weird to his family and classmates, decides to get rid of all his scary stories and journals. It turns out that it is a good thing he doesn't get the chance to destroy them because it is the only thing keeping him alive after he is kidnapped by a wicked witch. The witch demands a scary story every night and Alex does his best to keep her interested so ...
  • Jiny S
    This book is nothing short of magical. Building on the classic fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel, it gives an old tale a new spirit. The story teaches the value of being proud of what you are, doing the things you enjoy without being shamed by other, finding the friendships of those who understand your uniqueness and accept you for who you are. The story itself is simple, but fast paced. I liked the idea that readers actually get to hear the storie...
  • Meghan
    I’ve only recently discovered J.A. White and his series, The Thickety (of which I’ve only read the first book, but plan to dive back in this summer) and I was really excited to find he’s got a new book coming out this July.Okay, so we are immediately thrown into the story right when Alex has snuck out of his apartment in order to go downstairs to burn whatever he’s got in his backpack, and he is captured by a witch who locks him in a room...
  • Denise Chojnacki
    It's been many years since I've read a scary story, but this book is being considered for one of my library outreach programs so I needed to preview it. The writing is good and the reader is drawn in right away. There are many creepy elements to this story, but what I love about it is the elements that are unexpected: friendship, kindness, compassion and appreciating family. One of my favorite quotes from the book is "Because we were kind," Alex ...
  • Jennifer Hill
    I could not put it down. It is a Hansel and Gretel witch story set in modern times, complete with essential oils (instead of potions), a New York apartment (instead of a cottage in the woods), and a nightly story to keep everyone happy. Alex got into all this trouble trying to destroy his scary story notebooks and ended up getting trapped and the story books ended up helping him. They may be the only thing that saves him...
  • Amanda Schlenker
    I won this book as part of a giveaway. This book was a fun read. It reminded me of when I was younger and my love of scary things so it was very easy to relate to the main character Alex. I think any kid who sneaks horror movies at night will relate to the book as well. While the story can be a bit predictable, there is something in the writing and the story that kept me entertained throughout.
  • Angela
    A wonderfully scary (but not toooo scary) and at times genuinely creepy story for the middle grade crowd. The scary stories interspersed through the book are excellent and frightening, and the main story line is gentle enough to not be horrifying. Not just cheap thrills, the classic middle grade themes of friendship, self-confidence, and listening to your Awesome English teacher are all included. Recommending for 9 or 10 and up who enjoy Scary an...
  • N.
    A fun, creepy, middle grade read about a boy who is trapped by a witch and only able to stay alive because he has written a bunch of scary stories. When Alex arrives, he finds a girl who is also trapped, Yasmin, and a fat orange cat who can disappear. Yasmin doesn't want to be his friend. But, after Alex helps her clean up a disaster of her own making, she decides they must band together with the cat and find a way to escape the enchanted apartme...
  • Teri Stich
    A wee bit scary, rather creepy, quite the fun read. Witches, magic, spells, oh my. I was pleased to see One Thousand and One Nights referenced as well as other stories and tales, otherwise I would have been disappointed with the author grabbing that premise. Recommended for older children who like books on the spooky side. Again it is a bit creepy but a whole lot of fun.
  • B
    delightfully creepy. Alex get kidnapped by a witch and tries to escape her apt, he tells the witch a new scary story every night to appease the Apartment. Good, creepy, but not too much. Good for 5th and up.
  • Cathleen
    My kids and I enjoyed all of "The Thickety Series" by J.A. White. We would love the opportunity to review, "Nightbooks" and add his new book to our library as well. Thank you for encouraging my kids to read with your wonderful books.
  • Denise Woodruff
    Wow I loved this i read it to my grandson over the weekend we enjoyed it.i couldn't get over how much a 9 year old would enjoy this. I loved reading it to him. It's well written and has a great plot to.. It's one I'm keeping to read to the grandkids
  • Carmen
    The adventure and intrigue kept me glued. Alex is drawn to a magic apartment in the middle of the night. The evil witch Natacha demands a story every night. Alex finds friendship with fellow captive Yasmin and cat, Lenore. Together they plot to escape the clutches of Natacha.