THE GHOST OF CRUTCHFIELD HALL by Mary Downing Hahn
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THE GHOST OF CRUTCHFIELD HALL

Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

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. Now she has moved to Crutchfield Hall, her great-uncle’s country estate, and surely life will be better there. But when she meets Great-Aunt Eugenie, every bit as sour as Great-Uncle Thomas is kind, Florence isn’t so sure, especially when she meets up with the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who died the year before and who blames her passing on her brother James. Sophia is out for revenge, and Florence finds herself becoming a pawn in her evil game. Set in 1884, the tale has all of the trappings of a superb ghost story: the bitter relative, the invalid, the mysterious groundskeeper, a sprawling gothic mansion with lots of drafty old rooms, a likable protagonist and, of course, a ghost. 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)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-547-38560-0
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2010




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