Books by Mary Downing Hahn

WHERE I BELONG by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Another solid outing from veteran Hahn. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The prospect of flunking doesn't bother Brendan; given what he's heard about middle school, repeating sixth grade seems the safer choice. Read full book review >
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

"Hahn is a master of the supernatural tale, and her legions of fans will revel in this chilling volume, reminiscent of Dickens and Poe. (Gothic fiction. 9-12)"
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

"The 'cold case' mystery, the over-the-top fun of the Magic Forest scenes and the even darker mysteries of friendship and school life will make this a sure hit. (Mystery. 10-14)"
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

"Believable characters, both live and undead, and a classic resolution make this a highly satisfying introduction to the genre. (Fiction. 9-12)"
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

"Not terribly surprising, but it does the trick. (Fiction. 9-13)"
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

"Hahn's fans and devotees of Emily Rodda's many series will be heartily pleased. (Fiction. 9-14)"
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 warm companion to Louise Borden's The Day Eddie Met the Author (2001) or Eve Bunting's My Special Day at Third Street School (2004). (Fiction. 7-9)"
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

"Spooky, but with an underlying sweetness. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Diana and Georgie have been living wild, depending only on each other. Read full book review >
Released: May 19, 2003

"A memorable journey in the voice of a young boy whom readers will care about, a first-rate story, and an essential addition to Civil War collections. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
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

"Anna is a character filled with life and energy whose further adventures would be most welcome. (Fiction. 7-10)"
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

"Historical events are placed in context in an afterward. (Fiction. 10-14)"
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

"Life was different in 1913, but the core issues that children face—whether to cheat to save face, or to accept a dare that's too hard—are timeless, and young readers should find Anna's experiences meaningful. (Fiction. 6-8)"
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

"While Gordy's anger is the dominant feeling here, flashes of humor and deftly inserted historical details of the post—WW II era lighten the load. (Fiction. 10-13)"
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

"Hahn is in top form, proving through Gordy's first-person narration that real love can triumph over all kinds of adversity, and often does. (Fiction. 10-14)"
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

"With plenty of twists and turns—and a cameo appearance by Doc Holliday—it's a real cowgirl triumph. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Colorful characterizations and high-spirited language carry this ripsnorting western. Read full book review >
LOOK FOR ME BY MOONLIGHT by Mary Downing Hahn
Released: April 24, 1995

"For fans of the horror genre not quite ready for Anne Rice. (Fiction. 11+)"
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

"Another solid and enjoyable performance from this popular, award-winning author. (Fiction. 8-12)"
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 >
THE WIND BLOWS BACKWARD by Mary Downing Hahn
Released: April 20, 1993

"Easily read and enjoyed but also thoughtful: a book with unusual texture and depth. (Fiction. YA)"
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 >
STEPPING ON THE CRACKS by Mary Downing Hahn
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Suspenseful, carefully wrought, and thought-provoking—a fine achievement. (Fiction. 10-14)"
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

"Thoughtful, entertaining fare for the middle grades."
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 >
FOLLOWING THE MYSTERY MAN by Mary Downing Hahn
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 >