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The house on Hemlock Road used to be someone's home. Until something happened. Something that even after 80 years, can never be forgotten or forgiven . . . .

Eleven-year-old twins Hannah and Anna agree about everything—especially that they don't want to move to the creepy old house on Hemlock Road. But as soon as they move into the house, the twins start disagreeing for the first time in their lives. In fact, it's almost as though something or someone is trying to drive them apart. While Anna settles in, Hannah can't ignore the strange things that keep happening on Hemlock Road. Why does she sense things that no one else in the family does?  Like when the hemlock branch outside waves shush, shush. Or at night, if she listens hard enough, it's almost as though someone is trying to talk to her. Someone no one else can hear. Someone angry enough to want revenge. Hannah, are you listening? Is the house haunted? Is Hannah crazy? Or does something in the house want her as a best friend—forever?

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"Both chilling and lyrical, Kelley's second novel is a ghost story with a cryptic narrator whose identity gradually comes into focus. Hannah and Anna Zimmer, 11-year-old twins, reluctantly move with their family from their beloved Brooklyn to a creepy house on Hemlock Road. Right away, the siblings are unnerved by bizarre disturbances: a haunted closet, mysterious winds, bats in the attic, and a faint voice. The twins initially plot to use the house's eccentricities to terrorize their older sister, Selena, but while Anna begins to adjust to their new life and school, Hannah does not, becoming resentful and committed to deciphering the house's mysteries. As befits a story swirling with familial secrets and betrayals, the tensions within the Zimmer family are especially well-observed, and Kelley (Nature Girl) conveys an impressive amount of emotion with few words. The ethereal tone and steady parceling out of warning, clues, and bits of information ('And yet something had happened in the shadow of those rocks. It changed the place forever. It could never be forgiven') maintain the novel's intrigue and will keep readers invested in the unfolding mystery. Ages 9 — 12. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

JANE KELLEY is the author of the middle-grade novel, Nature Girl (Random House, 2010). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her daughter, and a black cat who sometimes cries in the night for no apparent reason. You can visit her website at JaneKelleyBooks.com.

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smorrell, April 21, 2012 (view all comments by smorrell)
While predictable in some ways, it is still a fun and exciting read. The unique force of this book is the narrator, a ghost, through who's eyes and thoughts we experience everything, first person removed. It was a good enouph mystery that it kept me going to find out what happened, even if I guessed part of it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375862205
Author:
Kelley, Jane
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.52 x 5.87 x 0.75 in 0.685 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

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Product details 192 pages Random House Books for Young Readers - English 9780375862205 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Both chilling and lyrical, Kelley's second novel is a ghost story with a cryptic narrator whose identity gradually comes into focus. Hannah and Anna Zimmer, 11-year-old twins, reluctantly move with their family from their beloved Brooklyn to a creepy house on Hemlock Road. Right away, the siblings are unnerved by bizarre disturbances: a haunted closet, mysterious winds, bats in the attic, and a faint voice. The twins initially plot to use the house's eccentricities to terrorize their older sister, Selena, but while Anna begins to adjust to their new life and school, Hannah does not, becoming resentful and committed to deciphering the house's mysteries. As befits a story swirling with familial secrets and betrayals, the tensions within the Zimmer family are especially well-observed, and Kelley (Nature Girl) conveys an impressive amount of emotion with few words. The ethereal tone and steady parceling out of warning, clues, and bits of information ('And yet something had happened in the shadow of those rocks. It changed the place forever. It could never be forgiven') maintain the novel's intrigue and will keep readers invested in the unfolding mystery. Ages 9 — 12. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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