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, Juvenile

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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Susan
    Alex is sick of being the weird kid who likes creepy scary things so he resolves to turn over a new leaf, but on the way to the basement of his to burn his story notebooks he's tempted into a strange apartment on the fourth floor. Turns out those notebooks could be his salvation. It's an adventure story where brains, skill and courage win out with plot twists you'll never see coming. I'm not too good with scary stuff so this is about my speed and...
  • 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
  • Shari (colourmeread)
  • Liz Hoffman
    This was great! A clever fairy tale right before Halloween....I just love it!
  • Gina Pytleski
    3.5 stars
  • jenn2.0
    This story might intrigue it’s target audience of middle graders but for me it was flat and boring and kind of torturous to get through. Which is the disappointment because I enjoyed the authors previous series but this one just doesn’t even stand on its own
  • 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:
  • Llyr Heller-Humphreys
    Enjoyable middle grade spooky story. Unique take on "bad" characters.
  • Gavin Taugher
    If you like mysteries and fantasy books, you will love this book. The mystery part of the book has you biting your nails throughout the whole book, while the fantasy part has so much action you will stay up all night reading it.
  • Kat
    3.5 stars. Creepy book.
  • 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, ...
  • Jessica F
    A fast-paced, spine-tingling fairy tale retelling of Hansel and Gretel! These days relying on kids to wander in the woods isn't going to cut it. Witches have found new stomping grounds in the most unlikely of places... as Alex discovers to his cost when he wanders through his apartment at night and gets trapped inside 4E. Alex eventually makes a friend in his fellow prisoner Yasmin. When Alex's nightbooks of scary stories are accidentally destroy...