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The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story Kindle Edition
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"The young characters . . . are sympathetic and believable. . . . Spooky, but with an underlying sweetness."
"Hahn's sure hand at haunting is evident . . . creepy and enjoyable . . . it'll need no ghostly assistance to fly off the shelves."
* "Masterfully constructed . . . taut, spooky, and fast-paced with amazingly credible, memorable characters . . . riveting . . . a story of friendship and redemption."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"A mystery intertwined with a ghost story . . . a delicate message of guilt, forgiveness, loyalty, and friendship . . . a satisfying ending."
—VOYA --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B003K16P64
- Publisher : Clarion Books; Reprint edition (August 20, 2007)
- Publication date : August 20, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 10865 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 208 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #177,587 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Diana and Georgie begin to 'borrow' Lissa's things and Lissa gets upset when her new bicycle, a favorite book, and her beloved teddy bear get taken. She writes about her angry feelings in her diary, wishing her dad would send her to school like other children instead of homeschooling her and keeping her isolated from everyone else. Diana is curious about Lissa and wishes to make friends with her, but her brother keeps reminding her of the 'rules' which can't be broken - rules such as not being seen by Lissa and her dad, not talking to anyone else, etc.
When Diana eventually breaks the rules and becomes Lissa's friend, terrible consequences follow. Something old and malignant is unleashed when Lissa breaks into the Old Willis Place, and secrets long buried come to light. The story moves quite slowly in the beginning, and only takes off after Lissa enters the Old Willis Place. Children ages 9-12 will enjoy this suspenseful ghost story.
Top reviews from other countries
"The Old Willis Place" is a good read for a lazy afternoon and may have appeal for audiences ranging from 9 and up. The characters and dialogue are believable. The atmosphere of horror and sadness is not overdone. Unlike many other books in this genre, "The Old Willis Place" doesn't have pages of repetitive, irrelevant or unneccessary descriptions (yahoo!) The only drawback to this book was that it was somewhat predictable and the ending didn't pack the punch necessary to make it a truly excellent ghost story.