This is a reread because all I remember is rating this 5 stars four years ago?? The genre of the book is mystery. Two children live in the woods surrounding an old abandoned house. Wedged among mattresses, bed frames, chests, tables, and stacks of cardboard boxes, a big golden dog panted and lurched around, excited by the smells of the woods. Anyway, she died in the house--in the front parlor where she slept because she got too old to climb the steps to her bedroom. Juvenile Novel of Ghosts and Suspense.
Lissa is appears to be about 12 the same age as Diana or like Diana appears to be. Maybe I should give Dad some of my spare imagination. Now here''s something else to tell you, something different. This story seemed to have more elements to it. The story is how there seems to be a ghost that is haunting them.
Diana realizes that all of them are bound to the Old Willis Place by the terrible grudges they hold for things that happened long ago and that unless they can forgive one another, none of them will ever leave. Unlike her shy, self conscious creator, however, Susan was a leader who lived the life I wanted to live -- my ideal self, in other words. The way he talks, you''d think I didn''t have an ounce of sense. Willis- Dead old mean woman. This is the second day Dad and I have spent here, and already strange things are happening.
Shutters hung crooked from the boarded windows; some had fallen off and leaned against the house. . Somehow, Diana must get Lissa's help if she and Georgie ever hope to release themelves from the secret that has bound them to the old Willis place for so long. 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. 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. Diana is excited to see that the latest caretaker has a daughter named Lissa, a lonely, imaginative girl whose mother died when she was five.
Somehow, Diana must get Lissa's help if she and Georgie ever hope to release themelves from the secret that has bound them to the old Willis place for so long. Unseen, we watched the man and his daughter get out of the truck. Something interesting that Hahn does very well -- she introduces a second protagonist, Lissa. Writing is a journey of discovery. And, as usual, Mary Downing Hahn is a master at crafting spooky settings and ghosts that are scary without being horrific. Initial reaction: This was a painful reread.
I feel as though young children are often concerned with being alone and they would relate with the characters well through understanding or sympathy. Diana reveals that she and Georgie are ghosts because Miss Lilian locked them in cellar and they died when Miss Lilian went to the hospital to recover from a stroke. This book will not be in my classroom library. It was a pretty name—a whisper, a sighing sound like a breeze blowing through a field of wheat. She dressed-up, read, wrote, but didn't don footwear and declined food and drink? Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Her brother, Georgie, thinks this is a bad idea. Which is an easy rule to follow until Lissa moves in with her dad and her loyal dog MacDuff move in as the new caretakers of the grounds. I wondered how much the new caretaker had been told about the old Willis place.
Miss Lillian, the former owner of oak hill manor, died in her house and her ghost is still in her house. I agree; it is a great read. She soon returns there as a ghost, ready to reclaim Annie's friendship and to punish all the girls who bullied her. Willis all had to forgive each other. They said teenagers sometimes sneak onto the property and most likely that''s who took my bike.
They live on a farm called oak hill manor. Their thoughtless games have awakened something dangerous, something that should have stayed asleep. I imagined he barked often. Therefore, I spend a lot of time revising and thinking things out. To Georgie the best thing was the television. If my mother was here, I know she wouldn''t laugh--but she died when I was so little I can hardly remember her. If I'd paid more attention to the craft of outlining back in elementary school, I might be a faster writer, but, on the other hand, if I knew everything that was going to happen in a story, I might be too bored to write it down.
I shivered, knowing my brother was right. They never do real harm. Please, please read the book. What did she do when she thought no one was watching? Listen, I love middle grade ghost stories. Can she help them before it's too late? I think it's the type of story a student would want to read in one or a few sittings.