The Ghost of Crutchfield HallÂ by Mary Downing Hahn
The release date isÂ September 6, 2010 from Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents' death.
But Florence doesn't expect the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield and concocts a plan to use Florence to help her achieve her murderous goals. Will Florence be able to convince the others in the household of the imminent danger and stop Sophia before it's too late?
I found this book to be a charming and sweet ghost story, even if the ghost herself was anything but sweet. Mary Downing Hahnâ€™s writing cast Florence in a wonderful light as a sincere young girl trying to find her footing in her new home. Her cousin James is both a tender child and a frightened child and evoked memories of A Secret Garden for me.
The book is a quick read at only 160 pages, but the pages are used to the fullest advantage. I despised the great aunt right away and loved Spratt, the everything-man, feeling that anything the he said should be adhered to, because he is someone that knows whatâ€™s what, even when no one else will admit to a thing. My only wish was that the story would continue on and have a more defined endingâ€¦but maybe there is more to come of this story.
Book Rating: 4/5
Book Received By: Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin HarcourtÂ for Review
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