Books by Mary Downing Hahn

Released: April 17, 2012

"An engrossing exploration of how a murder affects a community. (Historical thriller. 12 & up)"
The high school year is almost over, there's a party in the park, and Mister Death will soon be there, rifle in hand. Read full book review >
THE GHOST OF CRUTCHFIELD HALL by Mary Downing Hahn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Ever since her parents drowned in a boating accident when she was five, 12-year-old Florence has led a wretched life at Miss Medleycoate's Home for Orphan Girls in London. Read full book review >

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON by Mary Downing Hahn
FICTION
Released: June 15, 2009

Thirteen-year-old Logan Forbes will have a lot to say in his "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" report in seventh grade next fall. Read full book review >

ALL THE LOVELY BAD ONES by Mary Downing Hahn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 21, 2008

Taking her title from a poem by James Whitcomb Riley, veteran author Hahn spins a deliciously spooky tale about restless spirits haunting the site of a former Vermont poor farm. Read full book review >

DEEP AND DARK AND DANGEROUS by Mary Downing Hahn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 21, 2007

Twelve-year-old Ali is excited by the prospect of spending the summer at Sycamore Lake, babysitting her four-year-old cousin Emma while her Aunt Dulcie paints at the newly renovated, long-deserted family cottage. Read full book review >

WITCH CATCHER by Mary Downing Hahn
ANIMALS
Released: July 24, 2006

Twelve-year-old Jen's father inherits Mostyn Castle, a mansion in rural West Virginia, from his eccentric great-uncle Thaddeus, and the two move there from Maryland. Read full book review >

JANEY AND THE FAMOUS AUTHOR by Mary Downing Hahn
FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2005

A bookish child almost misses seeing her favorite writer in the whole wide world, in a wish-fulfillment tale that will turn any author groupie (or author, for that matter) green with envy. Read full book review >

THE OLD WILLIS PLACE by Mary Downing Hahn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

Diana and Georgie have been living wild, depending only on each other. Read full book review >

Released: May 19, 2003

Toward the end of the Civil War, much of northern Virginia is a wasteland, houses and farms destroyed, the smell of smoke lingering in the air. Read full book review >

ANNA ON THE FARM by Mary Downing Hahn
Released: March 19, 2001

During an incredibly hot summer in Baltimore early in the 20th century, nine-year-old Anna—from Anna All Year Round (1999)—is invited by her aunt and uncle to spend a week on their farm. Read full book review >

PROMISES TO THE DEAD by Mary Downing Hahn
FICTION
Released: April 17, 2000

In this fast-paced but flawed historical novel, Hahn (Anna All Year Round, 1998, etc.) recounts the harrowing story, told in the first person, of a journey undertaken by two young boys in the early days of the Civil War and of the bond that develops between them. Read full book review >

ANNA ALL YEAR ROUND by Mary Downing Hahn
Released: April 19, 1999

Nothing very special happens in Hahn's beguiling slice-of-life novel, set in Baltimore at a time when gaslight illuminated the streets and commuters traveled by trolley. Read full book review >

AS EVER, GORDY by Mary Downing Hahn
Released: April 20, 1998

An eighth grader finds that his tough-guy persona doesn't fit as well as it used to in Hahn's third book about the fragmented Smith family (Stepping On The Cracks, 1991; Following My Own Footsteps, 1996). Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 16, 1996

For as long as he can remember, Gordy and the other members of his family have been routinely beaten bloody by his alcoholic father. Read full book review >

Released: April 22, 1996

Colorful characterizations and high-spirited language carry this ripsnorting western. Read full book review >

Released: April 24, 1995

An owl hoots, thin voices wail in the winter wind—and a vampire stalks two young people in an isolated Maine inn. Read full book review >
Released: March 21, 1994

Staying with Great-Aunt Blythe in the ancestral home while his parents are on a dig, "Drew" — so called because his great-grandfather Edward abhors his full name — is immediately aware of a presence in the attic. Read full book review >

Released: April 20, 1993

A reliable author whose range extends from ghost stories to the O'Dell Award Stepping on the Cracks (1991) offers a YA novel whose outline is the stuff of adolescent fantasy: After ignoring mousy Lauren since middle school (when they were shy kindred spirits), rich, handsome Spencer suddenly abandons his latest popular girlfriend in senior year and turns to Lauren as the only one who's ever understood him. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

It's late 1944; Margaret and friend Elizabeth, 12, are hoping that their brothers, who until recently were at the local high school, will be home from Europe for Christmas. Read full book review >

Released: March 18, 1991

"Good recreational fare."
Felicia ("Felix"), 12, recounts her adventures with stepsister Amy, also 12, and Amy's 10-year-old brother, Phillip, when the three are dragged along on their parents' honeymoon. Read full book review >
Released: March 26, 1990

"Good, well-constructed entertainment."
Camping out near their suburban homes, Matt and his best friend Parker happen on a body floating in a creek and promptly (and correctly) link it to George Evans—Parker's mother's employer and close friend—whom they happen to spot immediately afterward. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 1989

A ghost cat leads ten-year-old Ashley through a hedge—and back to the time when her fiercely disagreeable old landlady was an unhappy child who committed a wrong she still regrets. Read full book review >

DECEMBER STILLNESS by Mary Downing Hahn
Released: Sept. 23, 1988

"The fact that many teenagers are fascinated by the Vietnam War and its consequences may give this novel a fairly wide appeal."
A touching novel that follows a 14-year-old as she becomes intrigued by a homeless, disturbed vet and tries to "help" him. Read full book review >
Released: March 21, 1988

"The mundane explanation given by Madigan's grandmother concerning her real father makes for a solidly realistic conclusion."
Motherless Madigan, 12, lives with her grandmother in a rooming house in rural Maryland and fantasizes about the father she has never met. Read full book review >
TALLAHASSEE HIGGINS by Mary Downing Hahn
Released: March 23, 1987

"Despite its flaws, a page-turner with a well-drawn protagonist."
Liz was hardly more than a child herself when her daughter Tallahassee was born; 12 years later she still thinks like a teen-ager, a bitter fact that her daughter finally accepts after her first winter away from her. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 22, 1986

"Exciting for children comfortable with the genre, but the ghost activity is serious and chilling, involving a sensitive, intelligent heroine who believes in ghosts and wonders about death and what happens after it."
An unusually scary, well-crafted ghost fantasy. Read full book review >
THE JELLYFISH SEASON by Mary Downing Hahn
Released: Oct. 21, 1985

"Readers who come from similar backgrounds will find it easy to identify with them."
Downing (Daphne's Song) has written a sensitive, moving story that focuses on a family in crisis. Read full book review >
THE SARA SUMMER by Mary Downing Hahn
Released: Oct. 1, 1980

"And the restrained resolution is not matched by the characterization of the supporting cast—horrors one and all."
Emily Sherwood is twelve, tormented by her snide schoolmates for being tall, treated like an infant by her overbearing parents, and maybe a little too accommodating to her younger brother. Read full book review >