Search Results: "Mary Downing Hahn"


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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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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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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 >

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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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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 >

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CHILDREN'S
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 >

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THE OLD WILLIS PLACE by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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TIME FOR ANDREW by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
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 >