The Haunting of Holroyd Hill

The Haunting of Holroyd Hill

by Brenda Seabrooke
     
 

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When her family moves to the Virginia countryside, eleven-year-old Melinda, her older brother, and their new friend Dan work together to solve the mystery of a Civil War-era ghost who is haunting their house.

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When her family moves to the Virginia countryside, eleven-year-old Melinda, her older brother, and their new friend Dan work together to solve the mystery of a Civil War-era ghost who is haunting their house.

Editorial Reviews

The ALAN Review - Hugh Agee
When Melinda and her older brother Kevin move to their new home on Holroyd Hill near the battlefield of Manassas, they don't expect to encounter a ghost from the Civil War's first battle. With their new friend Dan, they begin to unravel the mysterious events behind the ghost's mission, and their search leads to some startling discoveries, especially for Dan. Melinda's sensitivity to the plight of this nightly visitor from the past keeps the youths on target. Seabrooke provides enough historical detail, including a trip by the young trio to the National Archives, to give validity to the story. As expected, the contemporary adults in this story remain in the background for the most part. Middle-school readers will enjoy this story. A good read for those who enjoy a ghost story.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Melinda and Kevin have just moved into a new house. While exploring the adjoining woods they have a run in with mean Mr. Sasser who warns them to stay out of his orchard. Then they meet Dan, the boy next door, who turns out to be the grandson of Mr. Sasser, and their strange adventure begins. Melinda discovers that a ghost has been walking through her house. Researching Dan's ancestors and the farm helps them solve the mystery of who the ghost is, why he is roaming, and how they can finally help him find his eternal rest. A fast paced, mysterious tale that gives a bit of Civil War history in a format that should appeal to middle readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Almost-12 Melinda is finding the adjustment from Alexandria to her new home in rural Virginia a difficult one. A run-in with surly Mr. Sasser is just one more piece of proof of how awful the whole change has been. All other problems fade into insignificance, however, when the girl discovers that a ghost has started walking through the house every night. Her older brother, Kevin; their new friend Dan, the grandson of the unpleasant neighbor; and Melinda begin keeping watch, trying to discover where the ghost comes from and where it goes on its nightly journey. A little research at the local library provides some clues, while Dan's recollections of some family stories yield additional hints. Gradually, the young people put all the information together and the three investigators confront three ghosts caught up in a tragic event from Civil War days. Fans of Betty Ren Wright will enjoy this novel, as Seabrooke believably weaves the supernatural elements into her story. The characters are not fully developed, but the plot is tight and moves swiftly. Refreshingly, the adults are normal and caring (even the supposedly nasty neighbor).-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781516961467
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/24/2015
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,270,593
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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