A Ghost Story

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“Folks say Old Auntie takes a girl and keeps her fifty years—then lets her go and takes another one.” 
Thirteen-year-old Daniel Anderson doesn’t believe Brody Mason’s crazy stories about the ghost witch who lives up on Brewster’s Hill with Bloody Bones, her man-eating razorback hog. He figures Brody’s probably just trying to scare him since he’s the new kid . . . a “stuck-up snot” from Connecticut. But Daniel’s seven-year-old sister Erica has become more and more withdrawn, talking to her lookalike doll. When she disappears into the woods one day, he knows something is terribly wrong. Did the witch strike? Has Erica been “took”?

A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan's family's new home. He doesn't believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is "took" to become Auntie's slave for the next fifty years.

Baker & Taylor
Dan's family moves next door to a woman called Old Auntie who claims she is a witch, and he finds he must take action when his little sister, Erica, is 'took' to become Auntie's slave for the next fifty years.

Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
ISBN: 9780544813106
Branch Call Number: J FICTION HAHN...M
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 20 cm


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Daniel is the new kid in a small town in West Virginia and isn’t fooled by Brody trying to scare him with creepy ghost stories. When Daniel’s little sister starts acting strange and distant, eventually disappearing into the woods, Daniel knows something is terribly wrong. Could the ghost stories ... Read More »

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Mar 18, 2019

This was an ok ghost story for young readers. It had a little of everything. Heroism, creepiness, drama, etc. Easy read. Not terrifying at all.

Dec 07, 2018

Pretty good

Jul 27, 2018

I absolutely loved this book! The perfect book for ghost lovers. The characters and the plot stood out and the setting and word choice made the book really intriguing. Once I started reading it, I could not stop until the end. Best to read during the night.

Apr 15, 2018

super creepy but kind of confusing. I didn't really get the story but good plot line!!

Jan 09, 2018

This is an incredible book! The scary plot and interesting characters made the tale very real. I always enjoy a good ghost story and this one was perfect for a cold, winter day.

Mr_Cliff Oct 24, 2017

This is a really creepy and really fun story! If I ever have to move out to a house in the middle of nowhere, I'm definitely going to look into any old ghost stories or legends surrounding the house! Never a good idea to ignore that kind of stuff, and the characters in this book find that out the hard way.

Jan 23, 2017

An intense, gripping read for everybody who likes a good scare. Hahn is the Stephen King of children's books.

Jun 04, 2016

This book was seriously amazing! I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it for anyone who is into scary stories.

Oct 22, 2015

this book was pretty good and pretty creepy for young readers. Hahn is good at getting into the emotions of the characters. I really felt bad for Dan when his parents were sad and stressed out after his sister was took. Great creepy read for this time of year.


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Jan 10, 2018

MissMRose thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

Sep 08, 2015

violet_rabbit_12 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14


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