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The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story by [Mary Downing Hahn]
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From the Publisher

The Puppet's Payback and Other Chilling Tales Wait Till Helen Comes The Old Willis Place Guest
The Puppet's Payback and Other Chilling Tales Wait Till Helen Comes The Old Willis Place Guest
Read More Bone Chilling Tales by Mary Downing Hahn The author of wildly popular ghost stories, Mary Downing Hahn has created a group of tales for fans of her "scary but not too scary" books. A suspenseful yarn about two children who dislike their malicious younger stepsister, Heather—and tensions that escalate when Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen. Mary Downing Hahn weaves a tale of two children who live near a decaying Victorian mansion, bound to the place by a mysterious set of rules. A tale of malicious sprites called the Kinde Folke who snatch Mollie's baby brother and replace him with a hideous changeling, and of Mollie's journey through eerie, perilous lands to save him.
Deep and Dark and Dangerous Time for Andrew All the Lovely Bad Ones The Girl in the Locked Room
Deep and Dark and Dangerous Time for Andrew All the Lovely Bad Ones The Girl in the Locked Room
Mary Downing Hahn is at her chilling best in this supernatural tale, where the long-buried secret of a young girl's death in a canoe accident relentlessly makes its way to the surface of an idyllic vacation. Past and present are connected in surprising ways when boys from two different eras change places in this suspenseful, compelling tale. The eerie tale of a mischievous brother and sister who pretend their grandmother's Vermont inn is haunted and awaken the real spirits who inhabit the place. The chilling tale of a girl imprisoned for more than a century, the terrifying events that put her there, and a friendship that crosses the boundary between past and present.
Took The Doll in the Garden Closed for the Season The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
Took The Doll in the Garden Closed for the Season The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
Dan is forced to believe that a witch called Old Auntie is real when his little sister, Erica, is "took" to become Auntie's slave for the next fifty years. The haunting tale of a mysterious doll discovered in a young girl's garden, and its owner, a girl from seventy years in the past, who wants it back. Two friends set out to solve the years-old mystery of a murder, testing their friendship and placing them in danger, in this creepy thriller by suspense master Mary Downing Hahn. In this chilling Gothic tale an orphan girl sent to live in Crutchfield Hall finds the place haunted by the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who is bent on revenge.

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Gr. 4-7. Hahn is a master at stretching the suspense, and that's what she does here. Diana and her little brother, Georgie, watch as the caretaker and his daughter move into a trailer near the decaying Willis mansion. The children have seen caretakers come and go, but Diana, who has no friends, is tempted by the sight of a girl her own age. Hahn unfurls the story slowly, but because of the subtitle, readers will know there's a ghost. They'll assume it's wicked Miss Willis, who died in the house, but soon they'll start wondering about Diana and Georgie, too. Where are their parents? What are these arcane rules they seem to live by? To Hahn's credit, children won't be entirely sure of the answers until the very end. Some of the action is told through Lissa's diary. Most of the time this works, but it's too bad the climax is revealed this way as the device puts a barrier between readers and the action. Kids will love this anyway: it's just the right mix of chilling and thrilling. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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"Hahn is a master at . . . suspense. . . . Kids will love this; it's just the right mix of chilling and thrilling." 
—Booklist

"The young characters . . . are sympathetic and believable. . . . Spooky, but with an underlying sweetness." 
—Kirkus Reviews

"Hahn's sure hand at haunting is evident . . . creepy and enjoyable . . . it'll need no ghostly assistance to fly off the shelves." 
—The Bulletin

* "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.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 408 ratings

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