Nightbooks by J.A. White


Alex has loved scary stories his whole life.He never imagined he be trapped in one.When Alex sneaks out in the middle of the night, he becomes imprisoned by the witch Natacha in her magical apartment. Another child in the apartment, Yasmin, assures Alex that she’s already tried every means of escape. Only Natacha holds the bonekeys that lead back to their world, and she’ll never part from them.But Natacha likes stories. And Alex’s only chan...

Details Nightbooks

Release DateJul 24th, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction, 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...
  • Devin
    This was an interesting, quick read! I know it's middle grade, but I really wish it was written as a YA novel so it was scarier. However, I understand it was written for children so it can't be too scary. I also loved that it involved classic Hansel and Gretel vibes! AND there is an amazing cat sidekick whom I loved! A great read overall, and I will be saving this to read to my children someday.
  • Cori Reed
    This was so spooky! Loved it!
  • Petra
    For the last few months I wasn't really interested in middle grade but boy oh boy did this book change that. I went it with little to no expectations and story pulled me in from the first page. I really liked our main character, Alex, and his friendship with Yasmin was adorable but I've gotta be honest and say that Lenore the magic cat was my favorite of them all. My favorite part were short horror stories that Alex read and even if they were not...
  • Serisop (Cioccolatoelibri)
    La nostra vita è fatta di storie, vere o inventate, che a volte possono salvarti la vita."Nightbooks" di J. A. White racconta una storia che posso facilmente paragonare ad un mix tra la favola dei fratelli Grimm "Hansel e Gretel" e "Le mille e una notte".Il protagonista Alex, infatti, viene attirato nella trappola di una strega e dovrà intrattenerla con delle storie inventate da lui.Queste storie vengono raccontate anche ai lettori e devo dire ...
  • La La - Everyone's Crazy Aunt
    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...
  • Ashleigh
    Nightbooks follows Alex, a young boy who, while sneaking out of his apartment at night to destroy his books full of scary stories, or his Nightbooks, in his backpack, is enticed by a witch into another apartment, and essentially kidnapped. She tells him that she wants him to tell her a scary story each night and he needs to write new stories all day every day. Alex knows there's a slight difference between story scary and real scary, and is stru...
  • Jess (freaks over books)
    It has been a long time since I read a middle book that I enjoyed as much as I enjoyed this book. This book has witches, magic, a wonderful kitty familiar, creepy crawlies, monstrous unicorns, fairy tales, scary stories, friendship, candy houses, it has everything. It gives me Graveyard Book vibes and I love it, I want more middle grade horror novels.
  • 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.
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
  • Joshua Whiting
    Alex has an obsession with all things creepy, and he spends his nights writing scary stories. One night he decides he’s tired of being a “weirdo,” so he sneaks out of his family’s apartment with his story notebooks and heads to the basement to burn them in the building’s boiler. The elevator takes him to a different floor instead, where he is illogically lured into a strange apartment and soon finds himself trapped in an actual scary st...
  • Carolina (fictionologyst)
    Alex has been addicted to scary stories since he was little, when boy his age are into sports he’s busy scribbling into his notebook making up another scary story, he calls it nightbooks. He didn’t know that the stories could actually save his life, until one fateful night, when he’s captured by a witch who has been living in the same apartment building as he is. The witch love scary stories, and so he fed her his stories every night, in ho...
  • Laurie
    Interest Level: 5-8; Reading Level: 6.4How cool would it be to live in an apartment that had a magical library that had thousands and thousands of books? Dream come true, right? Wrong! Not this apartment and not this library! Alex sneaks out one night to destroy a book of his writings that he loves so much, but on the way he gets tricked to go into an apartment in his building, the apartment of a witch named Natacha. There is one other child ther...
  • Sarah
    I was drawn to this book by the stunning cover art, and the story inside completely captivated me. This was a perfectly creepy read for the fall season!Alex is a boy with a talent for writing dark and disturbing tales. This talent comes in handy when he is imprisoned by a powerful witch who demands a new scary story every night. Fortunately for Alex, he is not alone in his predicament. A girl named Yasmin is also being held captive and forced to ...
  • Erika
    I liked Alex's individual stories themselves a lot better than the overall story - they were just the right amount of creepy. But his struggles with the writing process were spot on. The overall story was cute and fairytale-esque.
  • Sam (she_who_reads_)
    This was so good! Proper scary and gruesome in places- it gave me flashbacks to my Goosebumps-loving childhood! I found myself getting quite nervous for the main characters towards the end as the tension really ramped up. I even said, out loud, alone in my room, “oh gross! Run!” I would definitely recommend this one for anyone who enjoys reading or writing scary stories, or anyone who loves old school fairytales!
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    A super solid 4.5/5 starsDamn okay so this book was adorable. There's a bit of a Hansel & Gretel twist/retelling which I got so excited about. The mystery of the witch's/apartment's power was actually really cool and well rolled out. Characters were developed along with the plot and a steady pace. I also would LOVE for some of the creepy stories told in the book to be put in like a novella as a companion or just for the author to make them full-l...
  • Azelyn Klein
    “‘...we were kind,’ Alex said. ‘And kindness beats cruelty every time.’”I’m pretty sure middle grade books have a better balance of male to female authors than young adult books. So when I opened up Nightbooks to find it told from the perspective of a young boy—let’s say he’s twelve; I think he’s twelve—it felt good, especially since I’m writing a book from a twelve-year-old male perspective. Set in the present day, this...
  • Kolt Frost
    This is a great book because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. A modern twist on a classic tale!!
  • 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...
  • Meredith
    Loved the structure, with all of the truly creepy short stories interspersed with the main plot. The big reveal was cuckoobananas.
  • Zayda (Babybibliophile)
    Alex has always liked stories, especially scary ones. But when he is kidnapped by a witch living in a nearby apartment, his life is forever changed!Wonderful, wonderful read that completely caught me off guard and sucked me in immediately!
  • 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...
  • Liza
    I haven’t read a book meant for a younger reader in a really long time and I was so pleased with Nightbooks. It was a quick read but kept my attention the whole time. I enjoyed the characters and Alex’s nightbook stories and how he came to love his “weirdness” in the end.
  • 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 ...
  • Mark Buxton
    My name is Alex, and I've been imprisoned by a witch on the fourth floor of my apartment building. I've learned my notebook of nightmare stories is the only thing keeping me alive. The witch loves to hear evil tales, and she thinks I have dark thoughts like her. She says my stories also keep the apartment happy. What's that about? She's captured other kids before me, although I've only seen Yasmin. Yasmin is afraid to help, but I've found a hidde...
  • Kayla
    All of us know the power of a story.When Alex sneaks out at night to destroy his stories, instead he ends up trapped in a witch's lair--er, apartment. To keep her from cursing him, or worse, he must tell her a different scary story each night. Nightbooks is like a combination of 1001 Nights and Grimm's Fairy Tales. Alex needs to please the witch with his horror stories long enough to escape, or he'll be permanently trapped in the witch's apartmen...
  • 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 ...
  • Laura Gardner
    A L E R T ! T H I S O N E I S C R E E P Y...5/5 for NIGHTBOOKS by @jawhitetbooks.~~The testament to how much I loved this book? I was listening to it on Sora and had to stop because 2x speed wasn't fast enough for me. I had to know what happened! Grabbed a physical copy and finished yesterday afternoon while completely ignoring my children (#momlife). .~~This one is GOOD. It has been a while since I have read a middle grade book as deliciously sc...