Synopses & Reviews
Based on an actual crime in 1955, this YA novel is at once a mystery and a coming-of-age story. The brutal murder of two teenage girls on the last day of Nora Cunninghams junior year in high school throws Nora into turmoil. Her certainties—friendships, religion, her prudence, her resolve to find a boyfriend taller than she is—are shaken or cast off altogether. Most people in Elmgrove, Maryland, share the comforting conviction that Buddy Novak, who had every reason to want his ex-girlfriend dead, is responsible for the killings. Nora agrees at first, then begins to doubt Buddys guilt, and finally comes to believe him innocent—the lone dissenting voice in Elmgrove. Told from several different perspectives, including that of the murderer, Mister Deaths Blue-Eyed Girls is a suspenseful page-turner with a powerful human drama at its core.
"Good, well-constructed entertainment." Kirkus Reviews
"Ghost story veteran Hahn (Deep and Dark and Dangerous) spins another novel filled with things that moan and creak in the night. In an old, reputedly haunted bed and breakfast in the woods of Vermont, the chandeliers swing seemingly at random. The lights blink on and off, the radio zips through its stations at top volume, and "shadows race around the walls, laughing and taunting [guests] with insults relating to the size of [their] rear end[s]." What sets this apart from a run-of-the-mill spooky tale is not simply that the protagonists, 11-year-old Corey and 12-year-old Travis, have provoked the dead by faking a haunting, but that they feel obliged to help resolve the spirits' problems and lay them to rest, no matter what the cost. When Corey and Travis discover the inn was an poorhouse in the 19th century, and that the ghosts that now roam its corridors were children who died there at the hands of abusive owners, readers might be inspired by Hahn's colorful historical investigation to learn more about what actually happened during those times. In addition to crafting some genuinely spine-chilling moments, the author takes a unique approach to a well-traversed genre."--Publishers Weekly
"Travis, 12, and his younger sister, Corey, are high-spirited youngsters who love to play tricks on unsuspecting targets. When they discover that their grandmother's Vermont inn, Fox Hill, is reportedly haunted, they can't wait to cook up some ghostly manifestations to scare the guests and liven up their summer vacation. But their pranks turn terrifyingly real when they awaken Ada Jaggs, an evil and vengeful spirit. The shadows of children she tormented and mistreated in the past when the county poor farm was located at Fox Hill are also roused. Events soon spiral out of control, frightening the staff and guests of the inn, and Travis and Corey must discover a way to get rid of Ada and release the children to their final rest. Part of this plan includes opening her grave-a task that, of course, must be done at midnight. Hahn has written another fast-paced ghost story that readers will relish, shivering all the while. An interesting thread is the comparison of the lively children whom Ada hated and targeted with Travis and Corey-all are boisterous, energetic kids with a mischievous gleam in their eye."--School Library Journal
"Travis and his sister Corey love to make mischief, so a summer's stay at their grandmother's reputedly haunted Vermont inn holds much promise. A flashlight, makeup, a filmy white scarf, and some well-timed screams allow the kids to freak out the other visitors, but soon enough the game isn't funny: "You and your sister may have begun this as a game," says one of the guests, "but the ghosts are awake now. Putting them back to sleep will not be easy." Hahn expertly combines the comedy of spectral hijinks and bumbling ghost-busters with a dark backstory of abused children and the malevolent guardian who torments them even in death. Here's an author who really understands how to put a scary story together, unafraid even to use an appearance by Old Nick himself for an extremely satisfying finale."--The Horn Book
As always, [Hahn] is brilliant at establishing toneeerie, creepy and surreal. 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.”Kirkus Reviews
Another well-done, action-packed mystery from Hahn. . . . Just the right amount of frightening and dangerous elements to entice readers.”School Library Journal
Hahn succeeds in raising questions that are as valuable as they are vexing Publishers Weekly
Plenty of action and page-turning suspense.
School Library Journal, Starred
Stormy weather, a deep, dark lake, and many unanswered questions (keep) mystery and ghost story fans turning pages right up to the end."TeensReadToo.com
Eerie, suspenseful Booklist, ALA
A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012 * "An engrossing exploration of how a murder affects a community."—Kirkus Reviews,
starred review "This is a thinking-teen's mystery."—Bulletin
"Hahn emphasizes the universality of growing up and facing death."—Horn Book
* "This wrenching novel offers an aggregate portrait of the effects of loss and grief, including both the strengthening and dissolution of relationships."—Publishers Weekly,
starred review "This creepy tale slowly and craftily builds tension . . . It has the added feature of offering a unique snapshot of life in the 1950's."—School Library Journal
"The veracity of this tragedy raises the stakes for readers who are already fans of Hahn's supernatural fiction, and the coming-of-age component of Nora's shattered naïveté is all the more searing."—Bulletin
Praise for DEEP AND DARK AND DANGEROUS:
“Stormy weather, a deep, dark lake, and many unanswered questions (keep) mystery and ghost story fans turning pages right up to the end."—TeensReadToo.com
"Satisfyingly chilly."--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for WAIT TILL HELEN COMES:
* "A first-rate thriller."--Booklist, starred review
"Genuninely scary, complete with dark secrets from the past, unsettled graves, and a very real ghost."--Bulletin
Praise for ALL THE LOVELY BAD ONES:
"Deliciously spooky."--Kirkus Reviews
"[A] fast-paced ghost story that readers will relish, shivering all the while."--SLJ
"Mystery fans will enjoy this well-plotted story, which [combines] budding romance, family problems, amnesia, international travel and murder."--Kirkus Reviews
[set star] and#8220;Plum-Ucci knows her audience and provides her readers with enough twists, turns, and suspense to keep them absorbed.and#8221;and#8212;School Library Journal (starred) and#160; and#8220;A complex, credible look at alienation, compassion, loyalty, and cruelty.and#8221;and#8212;The Bulletin
"The end result is a satisfying psychological exploration of a social milieu as well as a sense of closure to a case that left readers wondering what ultimately happened to Christopher Creed."--Bulletin
"Dark, chilling and clever."--Celia Rees, author of The Wish House
and Blood Sinister
"Compassionate, unsensational and unflinching."--The Guardianand#160;
(London)"A skillful tale. . . . The ethical issues and solid, suspenseful storytelling provide many discussion possibilities."--Booklist
"A sympathetic look at someone who has done the unspeakable and now has to live with the results."--KLIATT
"A moody, spooky page-turner."--School Library Journal
"The serpentine story . . . will grip readers . . . [An] exciting adventure, which hardly allows readers a moment to take a breath."--Booklist (starred review)
"Grippingly suspenseful."--Kirkus Reviews
"Plum-Ucci can tell a heck of a story. . . . [Readers will] race to the ending and wonand#8217;t guess it until they get there."and#151;Booklist
"Crackles with suspense."--Publishers Weekly
At the same time that Matt and Parker find the body of the dead man in the creek, they recognize George Evans, the owner of the antique shop where Parker's mother works.
Since its publication in 1986, the deliciously frightening novel Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story has not only haunted countless readers, it has also won 11 state book awards. The spine-chilling tale begins when 12-year-old Molly and her 10-year-old brother Michael learn theyll be moving to a refurbished old church in rural Maryland with their mothers new husband Dave and their younger stepsister Heather. Heather is an insufferable brat, but that turns out to be the least of the familys worries. When she strikes up a friendship with Helen, the malevolent ghost of a seven-year-old girl who died in a mysterious fire more than 100 years ago, things really heat up… and Heathers unsettling threat "Wait till Helen comes" becomes a grim reality.
Travis and his sister, Corey, cant resist a good trickso when they learn that their grandmothers sleepy Vermont inn has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little haunting” of their own. Scaring the guests proves to be great fun, and before long, the inn is filled with tourists and ghost hunters eager for a glimpse of the supernatural.
But Travis and Corey soon find out that they arent the only ghosts at Fox Hill Inn. Their thoughtless games have awakened something dangerous, something that should have stayed asleep. Restless, spiteful spirits swarm the inn, while a dark and terrifying presence stalks the halls and the old oak grove on the inns grounds. To lay the ghosts to rest, Travis and Corey must first discover the dark history of Fox Hill and the horrors visited on its inhabitants years earlier.
A contemporary thriller by the bestselling author of THE OLD WILLIS PLACE.
Two 13-year-old boys, Arthur and Logan, set out to solve the mystery of a murder that took place some years ago in the old house Logan's family has just moved into. The boys' quest takes them to the highest and lowest levels of society in their small Maryland town, and eventually to a derelict amusement park that is supposedly closed for the season.
Look for Me by Moonlight is Mary Downing Hahns eerie, suspenseful tale of dangerous love.
In a remote Maine inn, where Cynda is supposed to be reconnecting with her father and his new family, she is also falling in love for the first time. But this isnt a typical teenage romance. The object of her affection, Vincent Morthanos, is older and worldly, with pale, aristocratic good looks. And he has a secreta secret that could destroy Cyndas family, unless she can free herself from loves deadly embrace.
Diana and her little brother Georgie have been living in the woods behind the old Willis place, a decaying Victorian mansion, for what already seems like forever. They arent allowed to leave the property or show themselves to anyone. But when a new caretaker comes to live there with his young daughter, Lissa, Diana is tempted to break the mysterious rules they live by and reveal herself so she can finally have a friend. Somehow, Diana must get Lissas help if she and Georgie ever hope to release themselves from the secret that has bound them to the old Willis place for so long.
Mary Downing Hahn has written a chilling ghost story in the tradition of her most successful spine-tingling novels. The intriguing characters, frightening secrets, and plot twists will delight her many fans.
The poignant story of World War II back home at last
Finally, the paperback edition of one of Mary Dowing Hahns most gripping and personal stories. Culled from her memories of growing up under the shadows of WWII, this story has touched young readers for more than fifteen years. We are so excited to have it back with us in paper, with a fantastic new cover, available for young readers for many, many more years to come.
Margaret and Elizabeth support everything about the war: the troops, the reasons for going to war, even the food rations. After all, this is the good war and the Americans are the good guys.
But when the girls stumble upon a classmates secret, their feelings about the war begin to change. Is it really a good war? Is there ever such a thing?
A chilling supernatural tale!
Just before summer begins, thirteen-year-old Ali finds an old photograph. She recognizes the two children. Ones her mother, the other her aunt Dulcie
but who is the third person, the one whos been torn out of the picture? Ali will have all summer to figure it out, since shes spending the summer with her aunt and her cousin in the same house her mom and aunt used to visit when they were kids.
Then Ali meets Sissy. Sissy is mean, spiteful, and determined to ruin Alis summer. Sissy also has a secret. Could it have something to do with the old photo? Ali is dying to find out, and if shes not careful, thats exactly what might happen to her.
This fictional re-creation of a crime that happened in Mary Downing Hahn's Maryland hometown in 1955—the murder of two teenage girls—is at once a mystery and a coming-of-age story. Told from several perspectives, including that of the murderer, this latest work from the award-winning and best-selling author is sure to captivate readers.
* "A gripping story all the more chilling for its roots in real-life crime."—Publishers Weekly, starred review The brutal murder of two teenage girls on the last day of Nora's junior year throws her into turmoil. Her certainties—friendships, religion, her resolve to find a boyfriend—are shaken or cast off altogether. Most people share the comforting conviction that Buddy Novak is responsible for the killings. Nora agrees at first, then comes to believe him innocent—the lone dissenting voice. Told from several different perspectives, including the murderer's, this is a suspenseful page-turner with a powerful human drama at its core.
The perfect gift for lovers of ghost stories.
Three of Mary Downing Hahns scariest ghost stories are in this handsome boxed set: Wait Till Helen Comes, All the Lovely Bad Ones, and Deep and Dark and Dangerous.
A chilling murder mystery set in an idyllic seaside artist community, now in paperback.
With her parents on a trial separation, the last thing fifteen-year-old Juliana wants is to be dragged by her mother to an artists' colony in England. Halfway across the world, Juliana misses her father terribly. But soon she has bigger worries when the sleepy town of Blackthorn is set on its heels by the murder of one of its own. Juliana feels compelled to solve the crime, but she is shocked and frightened when she uncovers clues that have chilling parallels to her own mysterious past. Can she figure out who the murderer is before anyone else--herself included--gets hurt?
A brand-new paperback edition of Carol Plum-Ucci's groundbreaking Printz Honorand#150;winning debut novel
Chris Creed grew up as the class freakand#151;the bulliesand#8217; punching bag. After he vanished, the weirdness that had once surrounded him began spreading. And it tore the town apart. Sixteen-year-old Torey Adamsand#8217;s search for answers opens his eyes to the lies, the pain, and the need to blame someone when tragedy strikes, and his once-safe world comes crashing down around him.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Includes an interview with the author and a readerand#8217;s guide.
In this eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Printz Award winning The Body of Christopher Creed, the fate of the missing teen is finally revealed.
“The careful writing will hold [the] secret under wraps until the startling conclusion.” —School Library Journal
When college reporter Mike Mavic finds out that a bodys been found in the small town of Steepleton, New Jersey—four years after Christopher Creed mysteriously disappeared—he hops a plane to get the story that will undoubtedly launch his journalistic career. But what Mike finds is a strange town suffering under a cloud of bad luck. And to the unstable sixteen-year-old Justin Creed whos obsessed with his older brothers memory, discovering what really happened to Chris Creed is a matter of life and death.
Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of town toward Berwick Waters. Later that day, only two of them came back. . . . Alice Tully knows exactly what happened that spring day six years ago, though it's still hard for her to believe it. She'll never be able to forget, even though she's trying to lead a normal life--she has a job, friends, and a boyfriend whom she adores. But Alice's past is dangerous, and violent, and sad . . . and it's about to rip her new life apart. Includes a reader's guide.
A haunting search for truth from a Printz-Honoree
On a rainy night eight years ago, Evan Barrett's parents were lost at sea. In horror, he listened to their frantic Mayday calls on the ship-to-shore radio, to his mother's cries for mercy--and to the deafening shrieks that answered her back.
Now seventeen, Evan has gone in search of answers to his parents' strange disappearance. The only explanation that makes any sense to him is that they were swallowed up by The She, a legendary sea creature that devours ships. But when Evan's quest for the truth uncovers shocking allegations against his parents, he must deal with the possibility that everything he knows about his family is a lie.
Includes a reader's guide.
A riveting contemporary mystery from Printz Honorand#150;winner Carol Plum-Ucci combines edge-of-your-seat suspense with a touch of the supernatural for which she is so well known
A tiny pistol, passed from friend to friend at a party on an abandoned pier, suddenly firesand#151;and Casey Carmody falls into the water below. Kurt, Caseyand#8217;s older brother, endures a seemingly endless night at the police station while the coast guard searches for his sister and his friends are questioned, one by one.Was the gunfire accidental or deliberate? Or was the whole drama one of Caseyand#8217;s practical jokes? And where is Caseyand#151;or her bodyand#151;now?and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Includes an interview with the author and a readerand#8217;s guide.
Outcast Lani Garver helps sixteen-year-old Claire face her problems.
The close-knit residents of Hackett Island have never seen anyone quite like Lani Garver. Everything about this new kid is a mystery: Where does Lani come from? How old is Lani? And most disturbing of all, is Lani a boy or a girl?
Claire McKenzie isn't up to tormenting Lani with the rest of the high school elite. Instead, she befriends the intriguing outcast. But within days of Lani's arrival, tragedy strikes and Claire must deal with shattered friendships and personal demons--and the possibility that angels may exist on earth.
About the Author
Mary Downing Hahn is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories and mysteries, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous, The Old Willis Place, and Closed for the Season, which won the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. A former librarian, an avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus. www.MaryDowningHahnBooks.com