Search Results: "Mary Downing Hahn"


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PROMISES TO THE DEAD by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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FOLLOWING MY OWN FOOTSTEPS by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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WHERE I BELONG by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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CLOSED FOR THE SEASON by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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ONE FOR SORROW by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Another historical and chilling success. (afterword) (Historical suspense. 10-14)"
Hahn's latest middle-grade ghost story brings the supernatural to the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic with all the disturbing force readers have come to love and dread. Read full book review >

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TOOK by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A bit flimsy but good for some chills on a dark night. (Horror. 10-13)"
After a family moves to a derelict old house in West Virginia, creepy things begin to happen. Read full book review >

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ALL THE LOVELY BAD ONES by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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CHILDREN'S
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 >