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All the Lovely Bad Ones

Mary Downing Hahn, Author
Mary Downing Hahn, Author . Clarion $16 (182p) ISBN 978-0-618-85467-7
Reviewed on: 03/10/2008
Release date: 03/01/2008
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Ghost story veteran Hahn (Deep and Dark and Dangerous ) spins another novel filled with things that moan and creek in the night. In an old, reputedly haunted bed and breakfast in the woods of Vermont, the chandeliers swing seemingly at random. The lights blink on and off, the radio zips through its stations at top volume, and “shadows race around the walls, laughing and taunting [guests] with insults relating to the size of [their] rear end[s].” What sets this apart from a run-of-the-mill spooky tale is not simply that the protagonists, 11-year-old Corey and 12-year-old Travis, have provoked the dead by faking a haunting, but that they then feel obliged to help resolve the spirits’ problems and lay them to rest, no matter what the cost. When Corey and Travis discover the inn was an poorhouse in the 19th century, and that the ghosts that now roam its corridors were children who died there at the hands of abusive owners, readers might be inspired by Hahn’s colorful historical investigation to learn more about what actually happened during those times. In addition to crafting some genuinely spine-chilling moments, the author takes a unique approach to a well-traversed genre. Ages 9-12. (Apr.)

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