The Gathering (Shadow House, Book 1)

The Gathering (Shadow House, Book 1)

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by Dan Poblocki
     
 

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You don't just read this ghost story. You step into it. Some houses are more than just haunted... they're hungry.

Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House.

Something within its walls is wickedly

Overview


You don't just read this ghost story. You step into it. Some houses are more than just haunted... they're hungry.

Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House.

Something within its walls is wickedly wrong.  Nothing -- and nobody -- can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear.

And the way out?

That's disappeared, too...

Enter Shadow House... if you dare.

Don't just read about Shadow House -- explore its haunted depths with the free app!
 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for The Book of Bad Things:

"Ghostly... grotesque... eerie..." -- Booklist

"Poblocki's return, full of mystery, monsters and ghosts, is sure to satisfy his fans. Old-school, John Saul-style horror." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Fun and creepy in all the good ways." -- VOYA

Praise for The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe:

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection
A Junior Library Guild selection

"The social dramas mesh well with the supernatural elements... Poblocki creates a real sense of suspense." -- Booklist

"Poblocki creates danger by not pulling punches. An atmospheric, creepy ghost story best read at night." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Ghost of Graylock:

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection
A Junior Library Guild selection

"Poblocki misses nary a horror-story trope as he propels his cast through one terrifying incident after another to, at last, a climactic flight. Definitely a story to be read by flashlight." -- Booklist

"Poblocki is in his element with eerie happenings and atmospheric settings. Short chapters with cliff-hanger endings and several twists and turns in the plot will ensure that the pages turn quickly. Give this book to Mary Downing Hahn fans and others who enjoy spine-tingling mysteries." -- School Library Journal
 

Kirkus Reviews
2016-05-18
Five unhappy children think their troubles are over when they step inside a mysterious house—until the house refuses to let them leave.The kids have one thing in common: misery, caused by a variety of neurodivergent symptoms. Poppy, a white orphan living in a group home, has only one friend in the world: the dead girl she sees behind her in every mirror. In Japanese-American Azumi's disturbing dreams, she relives the loss of her sister in the Aokighara forest and is terrified that she is losing herself as well. Not only can no one hear the overwhelmingly beautiful music in white Marcus' red head; no one understands his desperate need to play. And as their acting career abruptly ends, brown-skinned twins Dash and Dylan are losing their grip—Dash is having nightmares about failing to save his brother, and when Dylan isn't feeling invisible, he is having flashbacks to a trauma he can't quite grasp. All five receive different letters offering to make their dreams come true, but when they all arrive at Larkspur, nothing greets them but endless rooms and masked, murderous ghosts—it's one thing to survive being different, it's quite another to survive a haunting. Although the choice to equate neurodivergence with the influence of hauntings is questionable, Poblocki's meticulously crafted narrative is chilling and reminiscent of the best Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? terrors. A thrill for any reader who knows the only thing more frightening than an unopened door is being locked behind one. (mobile app) (Horror. 10-15)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545925501
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/30/2016
Series:
Shadow House , #1
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
84,770
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Dan Poblocki is the author of The Stone Child, The Nightmarys, The Ghost of Graylock, The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe, The Book of Bad Things, and the Mysterious Four series. He lives in Brooklyn with two adorable cats and more books than he has room for. Visit him at www.danpoblocki.com.

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The Gathering (Shadow House, Book 1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 19 days ago
11/10 but plz make next one longer
sandrabrazier 28 days ago
Poppy was very unhappy at Thursday’s Home, a home for girls. She had only one friend, a girl that appeared behind her each time she looked into a mirror. Once, she snuck into the office of Thursday’s Home to see if she could discover where she had come from. She was very surprised when she found a letter in her file, written by her aunt, asking her to come live with her at Larkspur. All she ever wanted was a family, so leaves, eager to meet her aunt. As she makes her way there, she meets Marcus, Azumi, Dylan and Dash, all children summoned to Larkspur, but for different reasons. When they arrive at Larkspur, things are not at all what they expected. They are in a haunted house! Children who like scary stories, should like this haunted house mystery. There are lots of creepy things going on there! The characters are likeable and many children may be able to relate to Polly, a girl who is made fun of by the other children. The scenes are pretty frightening for children. The app that comes along with this book is from Scholastic books. It is very good, because it involves reading. In order to get through the mansion, a child must do lots of reading. Obviously, this is a great motivator to read. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.