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The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
     

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall

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by Mary Downing Hahn, Sarah Coomes (Read by)
 

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When twelve-year-old Florence boards the horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life at Crutchfield Hall, her great-uncle’s manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, Florence thinks, than the grim London orphanage she has just left.

Florence doesn’t reckon with the eerie presence that haunts the cavernous rooms

Overview

When twelve-year-old Florence boards the horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life at Crutchfield Hall, her great-uncle’s manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, Florence thinks, than the grim London orphanage she has just left.

Florence doesn’t reckon with the eerie presence that haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield. It’s the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who died the year before. Sophia’s ghost seeks to recreate the scene of her death and cause someone else to die in her place so that she will be restored to life. And she intends to force her newly arrived cousin to help her.

Blending elements from classic ghost stories of the past, Mary Downing Hahn pays homage to such renowned writers as Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens while creating a bone-chilling new story of her own.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 4–6—Twelve-year-old Florence Crutchfield leaves a London orphanage in the winter of 1883 to live in her Great-Uncle Thomas's country house. Resembling her cousin Sophia who died in an accident the previous year, Florence quickly makes an enemy of Great-Aunt Eugenie who doted on Sophia and will not allow anyone to take her place. Florence is drawn to her frail and reclusive cousin James, who blames himself for his sister's death. In gloomy Crutchfield Hall, Florence first senses, then feels, and finally sees Sophia's ghost who has grown stronger as the anniversary of her death approaches. Though repelled by the ghostly figure, smelling of earth and mold, she is powerless to resist Sophia's demands. Florence removes the protection over the door of James's bedroom and must watch on the snow-covered roof as the boy is forced to reenact the dare that caused his sister's death. Sarah Coomes narrates Mary Downing Hahn's atmospheric gothic tale (Clarion, 2010), giving a distinctive voice to each character. Particularly chilling is Sophia's spoiled, vengeful voice assuring Florence that she always gets her way. Yet when James climbs down from the roof, finally overcoming his fear, Coomes convincingly voices the envious, insecure girl that Sophia was in life. This short, spooky tale will captivate listeners.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455847914
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
09/05/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
3
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
* 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

"Creepy and atmospheric."—Bulletin

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. 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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The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 240 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this a school book fair and i love it. It is sooooo intresting. Im begging you to get it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! I recommend it to poeple who love ghost storys like me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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This is a very good book that is full of excitment and energy i would reccomend it to anybody
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Haley Maschka More than 1 year ago
Great book! You should read it if you love ghost stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to everyone who just loves a good ghost story. As I was reading everything was described perfectly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read! It was impossible to put down! Very unpredictable! You never know what will happen next! I recommend this book to anyone who likes ghost stories!
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This book is so thrilling and creepy! You will love it! I love how i can give it to my sister after i am finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe this book is fabulous it is creepy, caring and you will fall in love with it. It is unpredictable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure this book was not scare for Mary Donwing Hahn but it was written quite well and interesting. This is actually one of my favorite book and will be for a while. I would like to recommend so books by Peg Kehret such as Stolen Children, Runaway Twin, Escaping the Gaint Wave, Abduction, and Ghost Dog Secrets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A verry good portray of the trounble of being compared to some one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well i read the book because ghost in this book, Sophia, is named after me. I told everyone that i was a real biotch in the book. Lol still, really good! Highly recomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books ever I read some of the other reviews and if you don't like scary books then don't read it !!U can already tell it is going to be scary if you look at the cover!!! But if you like scary books read this!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I have it as paper back not on her though. I totally recomend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was creepy n awsome at the same time!!!!!!! I love mdh!!!!!!:):):)