The Whispering House

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Maisie Holt.

This is her book.

It's an old house, one her family plans to stay in for only a short while; but for Hannah Price, secrets soon come creeping out of every corner of Cowleigh Lodge.

First there's the old and dusty book of children's fairy tales that belonged to a young girl named Maisie. Hannah learns that the girl died mysteriously at age eleven in this very ...

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Overview

Maisie Holt.

This is her book.

It's an old house, one her family plans to stay in for only a short while; but for Hannah Price, secrets soon come creeping out of every corner of Cowleigh Lodge.

First there's the old and dusty book of children's fairy tales that belonged to a young girl named Maisie. Hannah learns that the girl died mysteriously at age eleven in this very house nearly 140 years ago.

Then, when Hannah draws a portrait of Maisie, things begin to fall apart. The house seems to be reverting to its nineteenth-century form, and Hannah's not sure whether it or Maisie herself is sending her messages. Hannah must solve the mystery of Maisie's death, because if she doesn't help her, Maisie may never leave Hannah alone. . . .

Rebecca Wade has created a haunting story that will capture readers' imaginations until the very last page.

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Kirkus Reviews
Contemporary English kids and a restless Victorian ghost inhabit a mystery with an inventive reveal in this sequel to The Theft & the Miracle (2007). Hannah's family temporarily moves house and her father immediately departs for a speaking tour, leaving Hannah--whose mother is present but slightly irrelevant--vulnerable to domestic oddities. Wallpaper peels, electricity flickers and the house seems to be crumbling on purpose. Hannah and friend Sam try to find connections between a discolored, pin-stuck doll in the attic and the doll's owner, a girl named Maisie who lived in the house and died in 1877 at age 11. Damp weather makes Hannah dream of lurid green leaves and a fire she can hear but not see. As Hannah takes her school exams, the calendar advances towards Maisie's death-date. Was Maisie murdered? Does she want her murderer identified? Wade takes readers through two suspects (first Maisie's ugly maiden aunt, then Maisie's comely mother, textually challenging assumptions about appearance) to an answer both relieving and tragic. Despite a narrative voice that's sometimes stiff or too descriptive, Hannah and Sam seem younger than their 14 years. A clue-offering secondary plot is implausibly convenient. However, there's plenty of spookiness, and the truth about Maisie's death and Hannah's dreams is surprisingly interesting. While this isn't the strongest restless-ghost story in characterization or voice, the tidbit it reveals about Victorian history is memorable. (Ghost story. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—The mystery cuts close to home for accidental detective Hannah Price, 14, who was first featured in The Theft & the Miracle (HarperCollins, 2007). Hannah and her parents have to move when their house shows signs of collapse. It doesn't take long before she realizes that their new home is haunted by the ghost of a young girl who may have been killed by a member of her family. It also appears as if the house is beginning to revert to its former state. As in the first book, Hannah relies on her artistic ability, which has some supernatural overtones, and on her friend Sam to help her solve the mystery. The novel is tightly plotted from the opening chapter, which is an anxiety-producing retelling of "Hansel and Gretel," to the surprising revelation of the mystery's solution. Hannah is a welcome new type of detective in middle grade fiction; she is not eager to have this mystery to investigate but she approaches the situation with determination and courage. Readers who enjoy Jennifer Allison's "Gilda Joyce" books (Dutton) may enjoy Hannah Price as well.—Kathleen Meulen Ellison, Sakai Intermediate School, Bainbridge Island, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060774974
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Wade was born in Worcestershire. The house in this story, Cowleigh Lodge, is based on her memory of the house where she grew up. Ms. Wade is a professional viola player, primarily with the Philharmonia Orchestra in England. She is also the author of The Theft & the Miracle. She has two grown children and lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

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    This book is SO good!! There's actually a book that comes before

    This book is SO good!! There's actually a book that comes before it called "The Theft & The Miracle" but you don't have to read it in order for this book to make since. This book does have some paranormal stuff in it, so if you don't like that kind of thing I'm sure how much you would like it. I don't normally read books with ghosts and things like that in them, but I thought that this book was so well written and interesting that I was able to overlook that fact. This book is full of suspense and mystery and I got scared quite a few times. Despite the scares, I thought that this book was very intriguing and a great mystery for younger kids and even teens! I highly recommend this book.

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