Young readers find out what frightens YA author Joel A. Sutherland

Members of the Children’s Book Bank's monthly book club met live onstage at the International Festival of Authors to talk spooky stories.
Joel A. Sutherland is the author of Haunted: The House Next Door and the Haunted Canada series. (CBC/Scholastic Canada/Joel Sutherland)

A group of young readers had the chance to interact with the author of a story that gave them chills this week at the International Festival of Authors event in Toronto. Nine to 12-year-old members of the Children's Book Bank's monthly book club joined CBC Toronto's Dwight Drummond and young adult author Joel A. Sutherland, to learn more about Sutherland's book, Haunted: The House Next Door. The spooky story was selected as this month's book club title by the children. 

Author Joel A. Sutherland and CBC Toronto News' Dwight Drummond meet young readers at the International Festival of Authors. (CBC Books)

The novel follows a pair of siblings as they discover a neighbourhood house filled with ghosts seeking revenge for a tragedy involving the death of a prized horse. Kids were able to ask Sutherland questions, ranging from how he researches his scary stories, to whether he's seen the film Ghostbusters

"I've always liked Goosebumps when I was little," said book club member, Ammar. "I have more than one hundred of these books in my collection. I also started to get into other horror stories. I just like being scared and I like horror movies." 

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Haunted: The House Next Door is among roughly 120,000 donated books that the Children's Book Bank has provided to kids in low income neigbhourhoods across Toronto in the last year alone.