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The House Of Dies Drear (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
     

The House Of Dies Drear (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Virginia Hamilton
 

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The house held secrets, Thomas knew, even before he first saw it looming gray and massive on its ledge of rock. It had a century-old legend — two fugitive slaves had been killed by bounty hunters after leaving its passageways, and Dies Drear himself, the abolitionist who had made the house into a station on the Underground Railroad, had been murdered there.

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The house held secrets, Thomas knew, even before he first saw it looming gray and massive on its ledge of rock. It had a century-old legend — two fugitive slaves had been killed by bounty hunters after leaving its passageways, and Dies Drear himself, the abolitionist who had made the house into a station on the Underground Railroad, had been murdered there. The ghosts of the three were said to walk its rooms....

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781417743445
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Born into a large family and raised on a farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Ms. Hamilton grew up listening to stories shared by her mother and father. While studying writing at the New School for Social Research in New York City, she met a young poet, Arnold Adoff, and the two were married in March 1960. In 1968, Ms. Hamilton's first book, Zeely (S&S, 0-02-742470-7; Aladdin, 0-689-71695-8. Ages 10 up), edited by Richard Jackson, was published; and she and her family (which now included her daughter Leigh and her son Jaime) moved back to Yellow Springs, building their home on land that had been in Ms. Hamilton's family for generations. Ms. Hamilton's second book, The House Of Dies Drear (S&S, 0-02-742500-2; Aladdin, 0-02-043520-7. Ages 12 up), was published in 1968 and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best juvenile mystery. The success of these first two novels heralded a long and prolific career full of accolades and the most prestigious awards in children's literature.

Ms. Hamilton won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1992 and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1995 for her body of work. Also in 1995, Ms.Hamilton received a John D. and Catherine C. MacArthur Fellowship, presented to "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits" and have demonstrated "exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work." She was the first African American to win the Newbery Medal, which was presented to her for M.C. Higgins, the Great (Aladdin, 0-02-043490-1; Aladdin, 0-689-71694-X;S&S, 0-689-83074-2. Ages 10 up). M.C. Higgins, the Great was also the first of only two books ever to win the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush (Philomel/Penguin Putnam, 1982), The Planet Of Junior Brown (S&S, 0-02-742510-X; Aladdin, 0-689-71721-0; Aladdin, 0-02-043540-1), and In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World (Harcourt, 1988) were all Newbery Honor books. Ms. Hamilton won the Coretta Scott King Award three times, and three times her books were selected as Coretta Scott King Award Honor books. Twice she won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction (for M.C. Higgins the Great and for Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush), while Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave (Knopf, 1988) won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. In 1996 the NAACP Image Award was presented to her for Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, And True Tales (Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, 1995). She was also a winner of the Regina Medal of the Catholic Library Association, and in 1984 an annual children's literature lecture was established in her name at Kent State University.

Ms. Hamilton's writing career spanned more than thirty years, during which time she was awarded every major honor for children's book writing. To learn more about Ms. Hamilton and her books, please visit her Web site: http://www.virginiahamilton.com/

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 12, 1936
Date of Death:
February 19, 2002
Place of Birth:
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Place of Death:
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Education:
Attended Antioch College, Ohio State University, and the New School for Social Research
Website:
http://www.virginiahamilton.com/

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The House of Dies Drear 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 152 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great tale of an old house used in the Underground Railroad lived in by new people who experience the supernatural. Ghosts, heritage and history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Small snd his family leave their home in North Carolina for Ohio where they live in an old house used in the Underground Rail Road. Thomas is a 13 year old very observative boy. He and his father explore the tunnels found under their house. Thomas hears scary noises and becomes afraid. After meeting the Darrow family and Mr. Pluto, Mr. Small and Thomas explore the tunnels and find out that the real Mr. Pluto is sick down there and his son was pretending to be him.The story is good but kind of confusing. I ENJOYED IT GREATL!!!
C Madson More than 1 year ago
we watched the movie in class and although it was creepy it wad good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'' Dies Drear '' is a good book. The author seemed to describe things very well. This was the best I read this year. I liked the theme and the way things worked out in the end. I did not expect the ending to be played out the way it did. It had some haunted-based parts. The book had good characters that i enjoyed reading about. I will recommend this book to anyone who likes to read ghost stories & mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was not what i expected. it dragged on and on. it was very hard to get into the book. every time i was forced to read another chapter was dreadful. i had to read it in school. i personally did not like it at all. for picky readers i do not suggest this book.
Sty More than 1 year ago
A piece of history woven into a great story. You will fall in love with the characters because of the descriptive language, and the rich historical details that make you feel like you are right there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. I read it at school , and loves it !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great suspense and description
ERA-SOA More than 1 year ago
ERA's Book Review The amazing novel, The House of Dies Drear, is made up of, what I say is, Historical Fiction and Mystery. This novel doesn't just teach you a little more about the Underground Railroad, it takes in an amazing ride through the walls and passages of a house that was used a lot by the slaves, and other people running away from slavery. The author, Virginia Hamilton, should get the best book award, because this book is the coolest I've read in my 8th grade year. Let me tell you something, I don't suggest this book to people that get scared really easily or kids from ages 0-10 for the following reasons: 1. Book is a high level book, so it's harder to read. 2. Has scaring factors for children ages 0-8. This book kept me hypnotized by its amazing writing. It is built to give the reader a small scare, but a picture of what's going on (for those of you that can't really imagine things). If you don't really like reading, I recommend this book definitely, because it has such a great plot and it gives you what I call snap shots of what is going on in the story. This book is amazing and will never bore you, this book is built tough and is in my top ten lists of books I've read. Thank You Virginia Hamilton for your great writting skills.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was awsome! i had to read it for english class and i thought it would be boring, but once you get into it you can't put it down!! i thought it was the most entertaining book i had every read in school. keep on reading good books
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read The House of Dies Drear in 1984 when I was ten years old. It's a brilliant and powerful book that's haunted me (in a good way) ever since then. I am delighted by the reviews I see here from kids in lower and middle school -- please keep reading, you guys!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the books I read for English Class and it is not one of those boring ones. It has a great plot, as well as a lot of action. It is boring at first, but you'll seriously get into it. Recommended for Middle Schoolers. It is a mystery and has history is related to most of it. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought The House of Dies Drear was boring. Some parts were good, but most were confusing. I don't really remember exactly what happened since I read this last year, but I do recall how much I hated it. Personally, my favorite part of the whole book was the end, because that meant it was over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you a fan of mystery and history rapped in one? If so, this book is for you. Thomas Small and his family move to the House of Dies Drear, in Ohio and find out the mysteries of the Underground Railroad it holds. The legend is that old Dies Drear and the two slaves that were killed still haunt the house. In the beginning of the book you think about not reading anymore, the book doesn¿t seem interesting. After a few chapters, you don¿t want to set the book down. All the characters also have a way to keep you reading. Mr. Pluto, Thomas and Pesty, just to name a few of the best, in my opinion. This book reminds me of Freedom Train, because they both talk about the Underground Railroad. If I had to state the theme, I think it would be if you don¿t like something, overtime you¿ll get used to it because Thomas didn¿t like Mr. Drear¿s house or the mysterious Mr. Pluto, but he got used to them. I would recommend this book to any age, young or old. It truly is a good read. If you want to know more you¿ll have to read the book!
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It is good if you actually understand what is going on and what the people are
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a great mystery to it as well as awesome description and many unquie vocabulary
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i was forced to read this book in class....i failed the test and so did many other people.....its the most boring book i have ever read
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