Haint Misbehavin' (The Ghost Handler Series #1)

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The start of a fun middle-grade series, The Ghost Handlers, follows Heather Tildy, an Atlanta teen with a troublesome habit of attracting ghosts. Middle-child Heather has enough to worry about with sisters, boys and school. Now that a trouble-making girl from the 1800's is poking her nose in Heather's business, her life has taken a supernatural turn for the worse! Before her life can get better, she has to figure out how to help the ghost move on.

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Overview

The start of a fun middle-grade series, The Ghost Handlers, follows Heather Tildy, an Atlanta teen with a troublesome habit of attracting ghosts. Middle-child Heather has enough to worry about with sisters, boys and school. Now that a trouble-making girl from the 1800's is poking her nose in Heather's business, her life has taken a supernatural turn for the worse! Before her life can get better, she has to figure out how to help the ghost move on.

Debut author Hardegree is a veteran short-story author for the well-known MOSSY CREEK HOMETOWN series. She plans multiple titles in this warm and funny YA series.

"Ghostly fun!" ~Gillian Summers, The Faire Folk Series

"A fun package of crushes, quests for popularity, and summertime antics,
tied together with a paranormal bow. Fans of Meg Cabot's Mediator novels will find much to like in Haint Misbehavin', the first of Hardegree's Ghost Handler series." ~Trish Milburn HEARTBREAK RIVER (as Tricia Mills), Razorbill

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935661931
  • Publisher: BelleBooks
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Ghost Handler Series, #1
  • Pages: 220
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

    This was a fun, light ghost story for teens and middle graders.

    This was a fun, light ghost story for teens and middle graders. Heather is a great protagonist. She’s definitely not perfect – she has the habit of attracting ghosts, has multiple skin and respiratory allergies that make her stand out from the rest, and she’s geeky in a fun way. This book was light-hearted but kids will be able to relate to the characters and story just fine. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

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    Terrific read - highly recommended!

    Heather has enough problems: her hypersensitive skin causes her a lot of itching, especially when it breaks out in hives, and as a result she is known as Princess and the Pea around the neighborhood. Her older sister, Aubrey, whom she desperately wants to like her, is friends with a bunch of mean girls who constantly pick on her. The Supergeek who lives in her neighborhood is crushing on her, and she is crushing on the hot lifeguard at the pool, Drew, who doesn’t even know her name. To make matters worse, everyone thinks she is a weirdo, and she’s about to enter high school in the fall – she’d like to be liked for a change. Then, as if all that wasn’t enough, she reaches puberty and discovers that she can see ghosts – and the one that has attached itself to her is a young girl with a decidedly mischievous streak, who antics are blamed on Heather more often than not. Can Heather discover why Amy is staying and haunting her old farm? And once she does, can she get Amy to move on? Also, can she get Drew’s attention – and affection – while everyone else thinks she is a weird?

    A really quite fun book for young readers – or those young at heart – who enjoy a fun ghost story and can empathize with the “weird” kid. I really enjoyed getting to know Heather and her “nice” little sister, Clair – not so much Aubrey – as well as their quirky parents. Amy was a quite annoying little thing, but at the same time she meant well – and I quite liked the Supergeek, Xavier – he’d probably have been my friend if I were Heather: or should I say, if Heather were like me, since I never really cared what people thought of me and reveled in being the “weird” one. I was happy that Heather started to learn the lesson, during the course of this book, that what other people think of you is really not that important as long as you are happy with who you are. Highly recommended for anyone who is capable of reading it - I think I could probably have read this one as young as 8 or 9, so there is no reason to keep your kid from it. Check it out! And look for the sequel, “Hainted Love.”

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    A Cute Middle Grade -- Language Alert

    High school stinks. But what is the worst thing that could happen before your ninth grade year? Learning that you have a ghostly buddy. Especially when you're an under-developed over-allergic detested middle sister.

    Heather Tildy is all of that plus she's enjoying the embarrassment of her first crush. Not to worry, though, her very lonely especially mischievous ghost, Amy, is ready to help... If Amy doesn't get her grounded for the rest of her life first.

    Will Heather find a way to get rid of Amy before Amy embarrasses her to death?

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    MISCHIEF GHOST

    Haint Misbehavin is okay book. I just have a hard time when I see someone picked on all the time. Heather has skin problems,allergies and itches a lot.She is the middle daughter.
    Audrey is the oldest and picks on,gets her into trouble and even her friends pick on Heather.
    Clare is the youngest girl and is really nice.
    All of a sudden Heather has a ghost talking, making her body do weird things and getting her in all kinds of trouble. The ghost name is Amy she is around 10. Heather realizes Amy was her pretend friend when she was little. Heather wants to help Amy leave so her life gets back to normal. Amy gets board easly and when she does she causes trouble that Heather gets the blame. Heather doesn't want anyone to know she has a ghost following her and causing all the problems.
    I liked the last part of the book the best even when I cried at one point.
    I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

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    This is an enjoyable middle school Ghost Whisperer thriller

    Heather Tildy wants to be accepted when she enters high school as a freshman at the end of the summer. She figures her best chance is with her older sister Audrey who treats her like a miscreant alien.

    However Heather's campaign to win over her sibling hits snag when she meets a preadolescent aged ghost from the ninetieth century. Assuming she is going crazy by having an imaginary friend as a teenager; Heather worries about how to rid herself of this spirited spirit. Making matters worse while convincing Heather that she is haunted by Amy, the ghost at times possesses Heather's body. She makes her do stuff that makes Audrey and her friends deem her as weird. Embarrassed as she knows her family, friends and the hunk lifeguard scorn her for Haint Misbehavin', Heather needs to help Amy move on.

    This is an enjoyable middle school Ghost Whisperer thriller starring a wonderful teenager who is abashed by her new paranormal skill as everyone who matters to her believes she is fruitcake except for her aunt who everyone knows is a fruitcake; ergo Heather a chip off the nutty block. Although her family is somewhat stereotyped especially Audrey, young adult readers will enjoy the opening Ghost Handler teen urban fantasy due to the heroine who thanks to her ghost is in deep trouble with her parents and others.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Haint Misbehavin makes a great debut splash

    Haint Misbehavin' is a well-crafted young adult story for early teens written by a talented author. The fast paced tale is set in Atlanta where middle-child Heather faces a major change in her life that only starts with getting her period. While dealing with sibling, parental and school issues she now has to figure out what to do about an irritating little girl who needs her help.because she's a ghost from the 1800s who needs help moving on that only Heather can see or hear. Heather charms readers as she meets one difficult obstacle and choice after another while trying to navigate the most trying years of adolescence.

    Maureen Hardegree is a fresh and exciting new voice in young adult.

    NYT best seller Dianna Love

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