Travis and his sister, Corey, can’t resist a good trick. When they learn that their grandmother’s quiet Vermont inn, where they’re spending the summer, has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little “haunting” of their own. Before long, their supernatural pranks have tourists flocking to the inn, and business booms. But Travis and Corey soon find out that they aren’t 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 inn’s grounds. Only Travis and Corey can lay to rest the ghosts they’ve stirred. This means discovering the secret of Fox Hill and the horrors visited on its inhabitants years before....
Once again, Mary Downing Hahn has created a chilling and gripping ghost story in the tradition of The Old Willis Place, Witch Catcher, and Deep and Dark and Dangerous.
©2009 Mary Downing Hahn (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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I wouldn't reread it by myself, I'm not a rereader typically, but I might read it with kids. The protagonists are children, and the book itself seems geared, with its milder scares and its themes, to be geared towards a younger audience. Teens and tweens love scary books, so knowing authors that write in this genre that aren't going to melt a kid's ears off are good to find.
A House With a Clock in its Walls is aimed at a similar audience, but while Bellairs' Louis is wracked with guilt over his slip up, Hahn's siblings don't seem to feel much remorse. They're a fun pair.
He livens up the funny parts, helping you see what's funny about the bad kids' bad behavior, as well as the scary in the scary parts, and when the scary is funny, or the funny is scary, that takes a deft reader. It doesn't always come off perfectly, but Hahn is asking Mr. Cummings to keep an awful lot of plates spinning at once.
Nope, it was a book to listen to while out walking. I am sure people were wondering what I was laughing at while I was walking along. : )
It depends on whether or not I'm knitting.
The ability to knit or cook while still hearing a great story.
No. Especially not right before bed.
Worth the time.
I would try another book from Mary Downing Hahn, but not one narrated by Jeffrey Cummings. His narration interfered with the story for me. Each time he voiced a female character, he sounded nasal and silly.
The book was worth it, if you can separate the story from the narration.
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