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Not my favorite Hahn ghost story
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2017
One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn
Rating: 3/5 stars
Best For: 10 - 13 year olds, 5th through 8th grade
Clean Read: Yes
Worth a Check Out: Yes, if you like ghost stories
Buy It or Not: No
Read Aloud: No
Lesson Ideas: Spanish influenza. Bullying. Life in America during WWI.
This book was probably one of my least favorite Hahn ghost stories. I think a ghost story is a fun read, but this one was less ghost and more evil and mean. I liked the information on the influenza, and the feelings people had about WWI. I found it fascinating to know that Hahn was inspired by her mother's experience of visiting homes with her friends of those that died, and then they actually came to a home of a classmate that had, unknown to them, died.
The major issue I had with this book is the fact that I didn't like any of the characters. Not one. There were a lot of mean girls, girls with low self-esteem, and bullying. The bullying wasn't resolved in a good manner, and the girls only changed after a mean ghost bothered them extensively. The ghost was as likable as a ghost as she was in real life; which that is not saying much. Honestly, One for Sorrow felt more like an evil mean girl book than a ghost story. I was bothered that Annie couldn't talk to her parents, but she couldn't stand up for herself either. I had wished for more character development in that area.
Overall, it's not a bad ghost story, but WaitTil Helen Comes is probably my favorite Mary Downing Hahn book.
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