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My daughters school was having an online book fair with Scholastic. Their website kept having issues and I finally gave up. I cam on here and found the books priced the same or less on Amazon and arrived a lot quicker with prime. She really enjoyed this book. She is 8 and has read it a few times now.
Lindsey Duga’s The Haunting takes me right back to my childhood, curled under a blanket with a flashlight and squeezing a stuffed animal.
The Haunting is just the right amount of creepy mystery for middle readers. Author Lindsey Duga’s prose is spot on for this genre. Emily is likeable and Kat’s unsettling behavior is perfectly balanced. I did figure out the mystery before the “big reveal” but that didn’t lessen my anticipation for the climax.
The Haunting is a fast-paced read that I finished in a day. It’s sure to be a hit with middle graders.
*Review based on advanced copy provided by publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Emily has always dreamed of being adopted. So, when she is whisked away to the Blackthorn Manor by the wealthy Thornton family, she was overjoyed. At first, everything felt like a fairytale, but then things started to feel a little off. At times, the manor itself would be in complete disrepair, and her new parents acted like they were harboring a secret. Then horrible accidents started occurring, no matter how hard Emily tried to be careful. Is the manor trying to keep her away from her new parents, or is there a secret dying to get out?
The Haunting is a wonderful ghost story that will keep readers guessing until the very end, while being ideally suited for the middle-grade reading audience. Strong visualization and just enough scary elements to keep a younger reader enthralled through the entire book.
This is a quick read, not because it felt too short, but because it grips you right from the beginning and doesn't let go. My advice? Read it with the lights off. Let yourself soak up the ambiance Duga has so aptly described in these pages. Your skin will crawl and you'll love the main character, who just wants life to be normal for once.
With each twist the story rises to a crescendo that is as surprising as it is satisfying. 5/5, would read more in this vein.