Took: A Ghost Story

A ghost story set in our present time that I read completely in one afternoon just to ensure that I wouldn't be reading it at night. I have to walk through the woods then and I did not want my imagination getting the best of me.

Daniel, Erica, and their parents move from Connecticut to rural West Virginia after a job loss. Money is tight and they end up buying a fixer-upper that they don't actually have money to fix yet. Both kids have trouble fitting in at the school and their parents have a rough time adjusting to their new blue collar jobs. 

Erica becomes obsessed with her doll and she and Daniel fight more than ever.  To scare Daniel and Erica, the town kids tell a "folk story" of Auntie. An eccentric witchy old woman that stands on a hill, and her mutant hog skeleton, Bloody Bones. Everyone warns the kids to stay out of the woods. But, they don't.

I don't want to give away much more so that the plot isn't spoiled. Um, this would be upper Middle Grade into YA depending on the level of creepiness that the reader can handle. It was a great story and I didn't predict the ending, plus I was genuinely spooked. I borrowed this from the Chicago Public Library to review here and we'll probably read it aloud at some point this Winter.

Took: A Ghost Story By Mary Downing Hahn


Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.