The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall

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When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents' death.
          But Florence doesn't expect the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts the cavernous ...

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Overview

When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents' death.
          But Florence doesn't expect the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield and concocts a plan to use Florence to help her achieve her murderous goals. Will Florence be able to convince the others in the household of the imminent danger and stop Sophia before it's too late?

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Editorial Reviews

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"Hahn is a master of the supernatural tale, and her legions of fans will revel in this chilling volume, reminiscent of Dickens and Poe." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A deliciously spine-tingling tale that even the most reluctant readers will enjoy." —School Library Journal

"A truly scary period tale." —Horn Book

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Edgar Award winner Hahn has crafted yet another chilling ghost story for the middle grade reader. (Her earlier titles include treasures such as Closed for the Season and All the Lovely Bad Ones). When Florence Crutchfield arrives at her uncle's home after an unhappy period of time spent at Miss Medleycoate's Home for Orphan Girls, she finds she has entered a house steeped in unhappiness, illness, and grief. A malevolent spirit hovers there; that of Florence's cousin Sophia, who died in an accident of which no one speaks. Sophia's brother James lies ill, apparently in danger of slipping away. But while trying to remember her manners and not slurp her soup, Florence finds herself falling under the spell of the relentless Sophia, experiencing and then absorbing elements of her vanity and her careless cruelty. Slowly, Florence finds an ally in James, and begins to find out about his terrible secret and the shadow that Sophia's death casts on the family. The novel is peopled with assorted charming secondary characters, including the servant girl Nellie and Florence's kindly uncle. The emotionally fraught relationship between the grieving aunt and the heartless ghost develops slowly and surely. The setting is an evocation of classic Gothic literature. In delightful asides, we see Florence immersing herself in Dickens and Austen, Thackeray and the Brontes. The literary references serve as cultural wallpaper for today's young readers, while the spotlight remains on Florence's story. The result is a well-balanced orchestration of creepiness and character. Even in the ending, as it slides to its inevitable resolution, Hahn finds a way to assert a surprising and chilling twist. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Hahn hearkens back to the Gothic horror novels of the 19th century with her latest ghost story. Crutchfield Hall is a gloomy old place, but after spending seven years in Miss Medleycoate's dour orphanage, 12-year-old Florence can only assume her new life there will be an improvement. In addition to her genial great-uncle, the manor's residents consist of Florence's severe great-aunt, Eugenie; her invalid cousin, James; and a few servants. The accidental death of James's older sister, Sophia, is believed to have triggered his current indisposition. Sophia's ghost continues to haunt Crutchfield Hall both figuratively and, as Florence soon discovers, literally. Far from the angelic creature idolized by Eugenie, Sophia proves to be spiteful, manipulative, and determined to avenge her death. While Hahn's literary references (including Dickens and the Brönte sisters) will likely go over the heads of the target age group, most kids will be too absorbed in the chilling atmosphere of the tale and Sophia's terrifying influence on the living world to care. A deliciously spine-tingling tale that even the most reluctant readers will enjoy.—Christi Esterle, Parker Library, CO
Kirkus Reviews

Ever since her parents drowned in a boating accident when she was five, 12-year-old Florence has led a wretched life at Miss Medleycoate's Home for Orphan Girls in London. Now she has moved to Crutchfield Hall, her great-uncle's country estate, and surely life will be better there. But when she meets Great-Aunt Eugenie, every bit as sour as Great-Uncle Thomas is kind, Florence isn't so sure, especially when she meets up with the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who died the year before and who blames her passing on her brother James. Sophia is out for revenge, and Florence finds herself becoming a pawn in her evil game. Set in 1884, the tale has all of the trappings of a superb ghost story: the bitter relative, the invalid, the mysterious groundskeeper, a sprawling gothic mansion with lots of drafty old rooms, a likable protagonist and, of course, a ghost. Hahn is a master of the supernatural tale, and her legions of fans will revel in this chilling volume, reminiscent of Dickens and Poe. (Gothic fiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547577159
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 157,027
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Downing Hahn  is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories and mysteries, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous, The Old Willis Place, and Closed for the Season, which won the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. A former librarian, an avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus.
www.MaryDowningHahnBooks.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Loooovvveeee iiittt

    I got this a school book fair and i love it. It is sooooo intresting. Im begging you to get it

    28 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    I have the book

    I just got the book at the bookfair in my sxhool and im finishing the 2nd character. I love that this book has alot of mysterious details which i love that in a book and i cant wait to find out what happens in the rest of the book and by the rest of the comments im guessing its that good

    22 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Ghost of Crutchfield Hall

    This is a great book I definitley recomend this book for ages 10 and up. This book is about a girl who dies ( how she dies is a suprise ) and another girl that is an orphan and she is now living at the hall, the girl who died watches and scares the little boy who has stayed in his room ever since his sister died and the orphan. This book is great and not confusing at all it stays in one time. Such a good book and a little spooky!

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    Awesome!

    Love it!

    I recommend it to poeple who love ghost storys like me.

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    SUPER GOOD!!!

    This book will make u laugh, think, and stay on yr toes! It can be a little scary for some people who don't like ghost stories, but it's still REALLY good!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Awesome

    I love this book i highly recomend

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    GREAT BOOK THAT YOI SHOULD READ

    This is a very good book that is full of excitment and energy i would reccomend it to anybody

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Best ever

    I love this book i read it sso much do you like it.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    The Ghost Of Crutchfield Hall

    Loved it!!!!! So amazing, awesome!!!!!! Spectacular uve got to read this

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Iove it & it's awesome!

    Awesome & a great book

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Good

    Good sample

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Luv it

    I love this book and it is so good and if u whant 2 get this book please do so u will no how good this book is

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Best book ever!!!

    This book is one of her best pieces of work so far.I extremely recommend this to all of the young, adventurous readers looking for a great read.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Amazing

    A verry good portray of the trounble of being compared to some one

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Love it

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Want to read

    Is this book scary

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

    Great book! You should read it if you love ghost stories.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    The Secret Garden meets The Woman in White - for kids

    The characters are interesting. It's terribly haunting. It's just a bit odd - enough to keep you guessing. The book is enjoyable. (Actually, it's a bit funny, I completely forgot that I was reading a YA and kept wondering when 'it' would happen. The suspense was terrific!)


    It's perfect for a 9-15 year old. It was written in such a way that even though you know there won't be murder & mayhem, you can feel it lurking around the next corner. The suspense is what you make it. I doubt my boys would read it because the main character is a girl but it's not a girly book in the least. The depth is just right for that age group. It's just scary enough without giving nightmares.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Amazing

    Really good book five stars

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    AWESOME

    I recommend this book to everyone who just loves a good ghost story. As I was reading everything was described perfectly!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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