Creepers [NOOK Book]

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From moving to a new house to making new friends and preparing for high school, life for the new girl in town can be unsettling. But thirteen year-old Courtney is unprepared for how creepy life in Murmur, Massachusetts turns out to be. Her ivy-covered house overlooking the antiquated cemetery next door is one thing, but Courtney finds herself thrust into a full-fledged haunted adventure after meeting Christian and Margaret Geyer, a strange father and daughter with unfinished family business. The body of their ...
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Overview


From moving to a new house to making new friends and preparing for high school, life for the new girl in town can be unsettling. But thirteen year-old Courtney is unprepared for how creepy life in Murmur, Massachusetts turns out to be. Her ivy-covered house overlooking the antiquated cemetery next door is one thing, but Courtney finds herself thrust into a full-fledged haunted adventure after meeting Christian and Margaret Geyer, a strange father and daughter with unfinished family business. The body of their ancestor, Prudence, has gone missing from beneath her ivy-carved tombstone and must be returned to its final resting place in order to break the spell that looms over Courtney’s house. To add to the suspense and help solve the mystery, authentic documents and photographs are set at the beginning of each chapter pertaining to Murmur, Courtney’s house, and the infamous cemetery. Will Courtney uncover the secret lurking within the dark, dank underbelly of her ivy-covered basement?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Pages tinted with green at the margins, monotone photos printed in green and simulated newspaper clippings and ephemera give a music video-like pop to Dahme's first YA novel, a ghost story that is more atmospheric than scary. The first thing Courtney notices about the 18th-century house her parents have bought in historic Murmur, Mass., is the English ivy that climbs over everything. She's also spooked that the house abuts the town cemetery-until she meets a father and daughter who awaken her interest in the 1712 tombstone of their ancestor, a 13-year-old girl who lived in Courtney's house; the two of them tell Courtney, who is also 13, that the girl's remains are missing and that her stone, inscribed with ivy, was carved by her father, the town stonecutter. That night Courtney finds carvings on her basement wall, "delicate vines of ivy... whose tendrils curled like baby's hair"; the next time she looks, the carved ivy has grown and spread. Readers are likely to connect the clues before Courtney does, but on the other hand, they can enjoy Dahme's New England-style hauntings without risking their sleep. Ages 12-14. (Sept.)

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Kirkus Reviews
In this brooding debut teen chiller, 13-year-old Courtney "never had believed in wicked witches, invisible ghosts, or haunted ivy," but everything changes when she and her parents move into an 18th-century stone house adjacent a Puritan cemetery in Murmur, Mass. Gazing at the vine-draped house and trees, Courtney wonders, "What's with all the ivy?" Quickly obsessed with the equally ivy-infested cemetery, Courtney finds herself drawn to Christian and Margaret Geyer, an eccentric father and daughter intent on resolving a family mystery. As Courtney and the ethereal Margaret piece together clues from old journals and newspapers, the ivy invasion of Courtney's house becomes increasingly demonic. Frightened, but determined to help her friends, Courtney realizes spirits both visible and invisible are using her to find the missing remains of Margaret's ancestor Prudence to release an ancient spell surrounding the house. The suspense builds, but like a true gothic heroine, Courtney keeps her cool and retains just enough disbelief to prove credible amid the graveyard gloom and irrational ivy. A creepy but grounded caper. (Horror. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786741021
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Joanne Dahme currently works for the Philadelphia Water Department as its Watersheds Programs Manager. She received her civil engineering degree from Villanova University in 1980, and went on to earn a Masters of Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing from Temple University. Joanne has written a number of short stories and two young adult novels. She lives with her husband and son in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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  • Posted October 16, 2008

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    Courtney O'Brien has just moved with her parents into the small New England town of Murmer where they've bought an old home next to a cemetery. The first thing she notices is the ivy, which covers everything from the house to the gravestones and seems to have a life of its own. Then she meets Margaret and her dad, who conducts historical tours of the cemetery. From them Courtney learns about a centuries-old mystery involving Margaret's ancestors, the cemetery and Courtney's house. Together they work to unlock the secrets hidden behind the ivy.<BR/><BR/>I had a hard time putting this book down once I got started. It's easy to transport yourself to a small New England town of old where messages were carved into headstones and witches were burned at the stake. I also started noticing English Ivy everywhere: clawing its way up tree trunks, crawling across lawns, clinging to the sides of buildings. Creepers is fast-paced, and each chapter starts with a diary entry, newspaper story, community announcement or definition that keeps the book moving along and adds something to the mystery. Creepers is my kind of suspense novel: it's wonderfully creepy and it gave me goosebumps without being gory or making me afraid to go to sleep at night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Devil

    (Im locked out of blood force thistlefang)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Thostlefang

    He looked at her in shock. "Okay look. If you want to stay thats perfectly fine with me. But come to fox heart res 6 where im talking to creamstrike and whitetail. "So they can here it from you. I dont want them to think im making this up. If you still want to stay at bloodclan ill bring you there. But please speak to then." He asked gently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Frostkit

    Alright.

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    Posted August 10, 2013

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    I hav

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    Posted June 20, 2013

    Lindsey to zack

    Oh its ok that happened to me too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Frank

    Part two-while he was in the over world steve found a redstone torch next to the portal and a chest with a stack of eye of enders he threw one followed it and there was a sign that pointed in the direction the eye flew and he found the end portal and went to the end where he found herobrine they had a staring contest and herobrine won and the battle began with steve jumping up slashing his sword smack herobrins face that made him mad so steve fled and was quickbut herobrine was quicker herobrine caught up easily and killed steve and hero brine destroyed his bed so when he spawned back he would spawn over the void the end for part one go to creeper first res

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

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    I didnt get it

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    Posted November 27, 2011

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    What is this book abiut cause it looks good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

    AMAZING

    AMAZING!!!! LOVE THE ENDING!!!!! SO FUN!!!!! MAKES YOU WANNA KEEP READING MORE AND MORE!!! IT WAS A SCHOOL SUMMER READING BOOK...AND LOVED IT!!!!! READ IT!!!!!!

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    The Mom's Choice Awards&#174; honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards&#174;. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards&#174; seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has earned this distinguished award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Hmmm, not so sure its for young adults....

    Creepers by Joanne Dahme opens with 13 year old Courtney O¿Brien moving with her parents into an 18th century house next door to a Puritan cemetery. The house and yard have been inundated by persistent ivy, that grows and creeps everywhere. Even though her father constantly removes it, the ivy seems to have a purpose and intent of its own. Billed as a young adult novel, the book features not only the creepy and creeping ivy, it also has the required mysterious neighbors, scary noises in the basement and ghostly visitors who carve ivy into the basement walls. Learning of the history of the cemetery and the secrets contained within her new home, Courtney attempts to break the centuries old spell cast upon her new enigmatic neighbors. I¿m not much of a reader of young adult novels, but I received this Advanced Reader copy from the publisher and thought I¿d give it a quick read. The heroine is likable, with the required fortitude to occasionally skirt parental rules that all characters in teen fiction must have. The story itself contains just enough of a creepiness factor to keep the story moving along, but not so much that it would freak out a younger reader. The setting of the story is so appealing, that I wished more than once that I could find a house like that, cemetery and all. That said though, I¿m not sure it¿s a book for the young adult audience its trying to reach. The characters were a bit too simplified their dialogue and emotions a bit too bland even for younger teens. The plot was also pretty elementary and not all that suspense filled. I would recommend this book for kids 10 to 12 years old, especially the kids who like the idea of a ghost story, but would get bad dreams if they read a really scary one. You know the ones I¿m talking about, the kids that see a scary ad for a horror movie on TV and wake you up at 2AM because they had a bad dream based on the ad!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    Could Not Put It Down

    This book is amazing. I couldn't put it down until I was done reading it. The plot was intriguing and suspenseful. The characters were simple, yet interesting. It was a great book to read.

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