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The Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story [NOOK Book]

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When Ashley discovers a turn-of-the-century doll it is just the first of several puzzling events that lead her through the hedge and into a twilight past where she meets Louise, an ailing child whose beloved doll has mysteriously disappeared.

After Ashley and Kristi find an antique doll buried in old Miss Cooper's garden, they discover that they can enter a ghostly turn-of-the-century world by going through a hole in the hedge.

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Overview

When Ashley discovers a turn-of-the-century doll it is just the first of several puzzling events that lead her through the hedge and into a twilight past where she meets Louise, an ailing child whose beloved doll has mysteriously disappeared.

After Ashley and Kristi find an antique doll buried in old Miss Cooper's garden, they discover that they can enter a ghostly turn-of-the-century world by going through a hole in the hedge.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hahn's captivating fantasy tells of two friends who unearth a mysterious doll in a tangled, neglected rose garden. Ages 9-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-- A young girl helps her cantankerous elderly landlord to resolve a childhood act that caused the woman lifelong guilt. Ashley follows a white cat back in time and meets Louisa, a girl who is dying and who longs for her beloved doll--a doll that Ashley and her friend Kristi have found buried in Miss Cooper's garden. In the end Ashley, Kristi, and Miss Cooper visit Louisa; the woman is able to make am mends with her childhood friend, and Ashley begins to accept her father's death. Hahn's portrayal of crotchety Miss Cooper is expertly drawn, giving vivid insight into why she acts and lives as she does. Ashley, her widowed mother, and Kristi are also fully realized characters. When Hahn sticks to her story, it moves along at a steady, scary clip. However, when she lapses into lengthy descriptions of flowers, birds, and landscape, she slows the pace of the story rather than creates the intended atmosphere. Ashley's first-person narrative often gets bogged down in a flowery adult voice, particularly in the descriptions: ``As still as the cherub behind me, I watched the leaves sway in the breeze. Sunlight and shadow mottled the ground, and the weeds whispered to themselves, lulling me like distant voices of children at play.'' Still, it's an imaginative ghost story, fairly predictable, but with a completely satisfying ending. --Trev Jones, ``School Library Journal''
From the Publisher
"Thoughtful, entertaining fare for the middle grades." —Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547531557
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/18/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 65,122
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 380 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Downing Hahn, a former children’s librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous and The Old Willis Place. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus.

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Chapter One

The Cat Hater

The day we moved into Monkton Mills,, I made an enemy of our new landlady. My mother and I were renting the top floor of what had once been a big single-family house, and the owner, Miss Cooper, was sitting on the front porch when we arrived in our rented truck. She watched us walk up the sidewalk toward the house, and the first thing she said was "What's in there?"

She was speaking to me, but she was looking at the plastic cat carrier I was toting.

"It's my cat Oscar," I said, trying hard not to stare at her. Miss Cooper was the oldest human being Id ever seen. Her face was furrowed with wrinkles, and her nose jutted out like a hawk's beak, sharp and cruel. The hand grasping her cane was knotted with veins, and her collarbones stuck out above the loose neckline of her flowered dress.

The real estate agent who'd helped us find a place we could afford had warned Mom and me that Miss Cooper wasn't very friendly and didn't particularly like children. So., hoping to soften the old woman's heart', I smiled politely at her. "Would you like to see him?"

"Certainly not!" Miss Cooper levered herself up from her rocking chair, and the old dog sleeping beside her got up too and growled. He was black and not very big, but he had a sharp, pointed nose and a mean look around the eyes.

"I detest cats," Miss Cooper went on. "You take that creature upstairs right now and don't ever let me see it in the yard. If it kills one bird, I'll send it straight to the pound!"

"Grrrr," said the dog who obviously hated cats as much as his mistress did.

I looked at Mom. She was shifting her heavytypewriter case from one hand to the other, her face worried. "I'm Jan Cummings:' She stuck out her free hand and smiled, but Miss Cooper merely stared at her.

"'And this is Ashley," Mom continued, her smile fading. "I'm sorry you weren't here the day Mrs. Walker showed me the apartment. "

"Ashley." Miss Cooper turned back to me and sniffed. "What kind of name is that? It doesn't sound proper for a girl" She poked her face closer to mine. "How old are you?"

"Almost eleven," I said, backing off a little. Up close, she was kind of scary.

"Almost? That means ten, if you ask me." Miss Cooper frowned, adding even more creases to her forehead, and the dog moved a little closer, sniffing at Oscar's carrier. "Well, I'm eighty-eight, and I know what girls your age are like," she went on. "Don't think you can get away with anything just because I'm old. There's nothing wrong with my eyes or my ears, missy"

"Don't worry about Ashley," Mom said. Putting her arm around my shoulders, she drew me close. "She won't give you any trouble."

Miss Cooper turned her attention to Mom. "Where's Mr. Cummings?" she asked.

Mom's face reddened. "It's just Ashley and me," she said calmly.

"Divorced?" Miss Cooper leaned toward us, taking in every detail: Mom's tall, thin figure, her long brown hair, her faded jeans, her old tee shirt, and me, a smaller version of Mom right down to my freckles and worn-out running shoes. Then she sniffed and turned away. "Come on, Max)" she snapped at the dog who was growling at the pet carrier.

Two steps later, she looked back. "I don't want a lot of noise up there," she said. "I'll complain to the real estate company if my sleep is disturbed."

We stood where we were and watched the old woman shuffle inside and slam the door behind her. In the sudden silence, Mom and I looked at each other.

"Well" Mom said,, so much for a friendly welcome." With a sigh, she followed the sidewalk around the comer to a steep flight of stairs at the back of the house. They were more like a fire escape than anything else, and I was glad we didn't have much more furniture; the movers had brought the heavy things earlier. But getting the little that was left up to our apartment wasn't going to be easy.

Mom paused on the porch at the top of the steps. "Isn't the lawn lovely?" she asked.

I stared down at the neatly mown expanse of grass that swept away from the house. In its center was a circular bed of bright flowers. Bird feeders hung from several trees, and a pair of catbirds splashed in a stone bath.

In sharp contrast, an overgrown mass of shrubbery and towering weeds cast a shadow across the end of the yard. It must have been a rose garden once, but, from the took of it, the bushes had grown wild for years. Honeysuckle, wild flowers, and weeds struggled together to reach the sun.

Tall hedges bordered both sides of the lawn, but from the porch I could see across them. Next door was a big white house similar to Miss Cooper's, trimmed with fancy woodwork and graced with porches front and back, well-tended despite the bicycles in the driveway. On the other side was an empty lot, grown high with Queen Anne's lace and black-eyed Susans.

"Can I let Oscar out of his carrier now ?" I asked Mom. He was meowing and sticking his paw through the bars like a prisoner in a jail movie.

"Put him in your room and close the door, Ash," Mom said. "We don't want him to run outside while we're carrying things in."

My room was at the back of the house, and from my windows I could see the yard, the garden, and the empty field next door. Way beyond were the mountains, hazy blue against the sky.

The Doll in the Garden. Copyright © by Mary Hahn. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Cat Hater 1
Chapter 2 Kristi 9
Chapter 3 The White Cat 15
Chapter 4 In Trouble 20
Chapter 5 The Garden's Secret 27
Chapter 6 Snowball 35
Chapter 7 A Midnight Adventure 41
Chapter 8 Secrets 47
Chapter 9 Louisa 53
Chapter 10 Kristi's Revenge 62
Chapter 11 Miss Cooper's Demand 68
Chapter 12 Anna Maria Is Lost 74
Chapter 13 Kristi Comes Too 78
Chapter 14 Please Give Her Back 83
Chapter 15 How Can We Save Louisa? 92
Chapter 16 Talking to Miss Cooper 97
Chapter 17 Louisa and Carrie 104
Chapter 18 A Visit to Cypress Grove 111
Chapter 19 Flowers for Louisa 116
Chapter 20 At Peace 121
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Ghosts rock!!!

    The doll in the garden is a spooky, mysterious type of book. It tells about how a little girl found a doll in a garden and there's a whole story behind it. I would recommend this book to people who are 9 and up. It is a very good book for someone who likes ghost stories. I bet you would like it if you read it. The cover of the book is very creepy and gives a ghostly impression. I like books by Mary Downing Hahn and I think you would to. This book keeps you wondering what happened and makes you want to read it more and more.

    39 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2001

    You Have to read this book*****

    If you like horror and suspense than you MUST get this book. This book is very thrilling to read because you never know what will happen next. I really recomend this book.

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2011

    The Doll in the Garden A Ghost Story: Review.

    This is a great book from Hahn. Reading other books of hers, I find this on more intriguing than the others are from her. Even if you are the type of person who does not like to read, this book will get you to where you cannot stop. You go on an interesting journey with the characters, and you keep asking, what kind of trouble will the characters get into? In the book, you will meet `10 year old Ashley and her mother who move from Baltimore to a new town, hoping it would be a nice place to settle down after the death of Ashley's father. There you will meet Miss. Cooper, their property owner, and their neighbor, Kristi. She is only a few years younger than Ashley is, and they become friends. Only they do not know how much trouble they will be getting into by disobeying Miss. Cooper's rules of staying out of her garden.I find this book captivating. This is the type of book I see myself reading it repeatedly. I started to read Hahn's books three years ago, and have never stopped. I would recommend these books to all ages. I would especially recommend you read, "The Doll in the Garden A Ghost Story." I caught myself reading this book until I had to stop. If you like to read ghost or paranormal books, this is for you. It keeps you guessing throughout the whole book. You can never guess what kind of trouble they are going to cause one moment after another.I very much enjoyed reading this story. I would mainly recommend it to readers over the age of eight, but anyone can read it. Overall, this is one of my favorite books by Mary Downing Hahn.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

    What an amazing story!

    This is excellent for a young reader. This book was captivating, I just wanted to read more and more. I read this book in Middle school and I am 26 years old now and I still love this book! This book belongs on my book shelf. It is wonderful!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2007

    Very suspensful

    this book was one of my fave books it was very suspensful and thrilling! you never knew what would happen to the girl in the past! i think it was one of the best books mary downing hahn wrote!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Doll in the garden

    This book talks about a girl and her friend finding a doll in an
    old ladys garden! But theirs something about that doll and the old lady...........read to find out what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2001

    my review

    i love this book ive read it like 20 times

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book From A Great Author.

    I was never one for reading and while I was in school they made us read books for the A.R. Reading program. This was about six or seven years ago. I started failing my reading class because I couldn't finish reading the books on the A.R. list. My teacher introduced me to this author and after that I got where I was passing the class and always reading. To this day, I always have a book in my purse or in my hands. This author is wonderful and I thank her works for turning me on to the wonderful world of reading and I thank my teacher for showing me the kind of books I like to read.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    AWSOME!!!

    This is one of the best books you will ever read! I could not put it down it was soooo good!READ IT!!!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    great

    I love ghost stories so I decided to read this one,it was great!I recemend this book to anyone who loves ghost stories!Sorry about the spelling!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    AMAZING

    i read this book for a book report i loved this book and i would hate to live up stairs from mrs.cooper i felt bad for Ashley.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2006

    The BEST book I've ever read.

    I read this book last year, and I want to buy it it was that good! I definately reccomend this story to anyone who can read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    THE MOST BES BOOK EVER!!!

    I read this book and let me tell ypu somtin it is the best its so interesting and every time something else happen it make me want to read more when i first read it i couldnt stop readiing it!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    the best

    i have read all 3 ghost storys & loved all.i have also started to read december stillness.my point is as soon as u read wait till helen comes or doll in the garden u will want to read the rest of mary downing hahn's books.they are all great sofar

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2001

    A book most worthy to share aloud!

    I was taken back to my own childhood reading this aloud to my daughter, 9...reliving the joy and thirst I felt when I read as child. At first, I had to coerce my daughter to sit still so that I could read this book to her, (she's impatient and does not like to read), then she wouldn't let me put it down. Parched, three hours later we finished and she hungers for more, anxious to read more on her own. She asked if we could 'lose' the library book, so she could keep it (reimburse the library for it). I enjoyed this book as much as she did. We're buying one! This is a must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Good but too many typos

    I liked it a lot but i couldnt understand it sometimes bc of the typos but if u like deep and dark and dangerous u would like this book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Fine

    I like ,aty downing hahn but one thing i didnt like is that it didnt give a good meaning on scary. This book is not th best that she wrote but one thing I didnt understand was the sick child who coughed up blood! I would reccomend a diffrent book but before yoy buy this book you should read the free sample first!
    Thx

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    eh

    Sample is small

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    it was ok

    i did like this book but i did expect more from it. it was an ok book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    good

    good but you cant read the words but over all i thought it was a good book i would recomend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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