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Children's Fiction Horror & Ghost Stories

Summer’s End

by (author) Joel A. Sutherland

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Apr 2024
Horror & Ghost Stories, Paranormal
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2024
    List Price

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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.

About the author

Joel A. Sutherland est bibliothécaire de référence le jour et se métamorphose en auteur d'histoires d'horreur la nuit. Il a écrit le roman Lieux hantés 5, Be a Writing Superstar!, et Frozen Blood, un roman d'horreur pour adultes. Joel vit à Courtice, en Ontario.


JOEL A. SUTHERLAND is the Silver Birch and Hackmatack Award-winning author of numerous Haunted Canada books and the Red Maple Award Honour Book Summer’s End. His middle-grade fiction series, Haunted, has been praised by Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. Joel lives with his family in southeastern Ontario where he works as a library manager and is always on the lookout for ghosts. Visit him online at

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  • Short-listed, Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice)
  • Short-listed, OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

“When it gets to the spooky business, Summer’s End is tense and unnerving in all the best ways.” — Quill & Quire

“The summer adventures that these young characters go on — including a haunted house on an island — make this such a wonderful read.” — Candy Palmater, CBC Books

“Young teens looking for a dish of classic suspense and horror will be well satisfied with Summer’s End . . .” — CM: Review of Canadian Materials ​​​​​​​

“. . . [A] deliciously creepy and suspenseful tale, perfect for young readers making their first foray into horror.” — Tracey Schindler, Canadian Children’s Book News

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