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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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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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 >

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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 >

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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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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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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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YOUNG ADULT
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 >

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DEEP AND DARK AND DANGEROUS by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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THE GHOST OF CRUTCHFIELD HALL by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
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 >