THE OLD WILLIS PLACE by Mary Downing Hahn

THE OLD WILLIS PLACE

Age Range: 10 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Diana and Georgie have been living wild, depending only on each other. They remain hidden, never leaving the grounds and never entering the derelict house. Longing for more companionship, Diana decides to befriend the new caretaker’s lonely daughter. But the friendship leads to complications and danger. When Lissa leads Diana into the old house, she unwittingly unleashes the spirit of the old woman who lived and died there. With carefully incorporated clues, the reader comes to the realization that the frightening old woman is not the only ghost. Diana and Georgie are ghosts of children who died a terrible death in that house long ago. Diana is the primary narrator, with Lissa’s diary entries providing alternate views of the events. The young characters, both human and spirits, are sympathetic and believable. There is even a moral here: that love and forgiveness can lead to everlasting peace. Spooky, but with an underlying sweetness. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 2004
ISBN: 0-618-43018-0
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2004




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