Gallows Hill

Gallows Hill

by Lois Duncan

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ISBN-13: 9781453263389
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 408,153
File size: 19 MB
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Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lois Duncan (1934–2016) was an author of more than fifty books for young adults. Her stories of mystery and suspense have won dozens of awards and many have been named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Among the many honors and accolades she has received for her work, in 2015, Lois Duncan was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.  Duncan was born Lois Duncan Steinmetz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; she grew up in Sarasota, Florida. By age ten she was submitting her work to magazines, and she had her first story published nationally when she was just thirteen. In 1994, Duncan released a nonfiction title, Who Killed My Daughter?, after her youngest child was killed in a crime that was never solved.

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As that thought took form in her mind, Sarah found herself struck by a feeling of such abrupt and intense foreboding that it was as if a black void had opened directly in front of her. In that instant of dislocation, as she fought to maintain her equilibrium and keep from tumbling headfirst into the pit of darkness, a voice seemed to shout directly into her right ear.

"Guilty as charged!" it bellowed. "Away to Gallows Hill!"

"No!" Sarah heard herself whimper. "I didn't really mean it!"

"Poor little Betty," another voice said more gently. "The child is too frightened to remember. "

Betty does remember, and she's sorry! She never should have done it!

For an instant the chasm gaped wider, and then the illusion was gone as if it had never been. With a gasp of relief, Sarah found herself safe again in the living room, where the only activity was on the television screen and the only voice was Kyra's, tinny and tiny at the other end of the phone line.

"You didn't mean what?" it was asking. "Does that mean you've changed your mind?"

"Yes," Sarah said. "I guess so. But for Rosemary's sake, not yours. I couldn't care less how 'cool' you think Eric Garrett is."

She replaced the receiver in slow motion and sat down on the sofa, feeling as if she had served a short stint in the Twilight Zone. Whatever had caused her to have such a bizarre hallucination? Gallows Hill, she thought, what a horrible name! Why did it seem so familiar, as did the name Betty? Had she read or heard about something like this on television?

"That's what I get for noteating," she told herself shakily. "Low blood sugar can make people dizzy and disoriented."

It was not until she was standing at the microwave, watching the plate of lasagna rotate behind the glass, that she fully realized what she had agreed to.

What have I let myself in for? she thought with dismay.

Like it or not, she had committed to playing a fortune-teller.

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Taylor Duvall More than 1 year ago
A very good book. You get caught up in the plot and you cant put it down! Very beleivable, also. One of the best I've read so far(:
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the second Lois Duncan book I have read. (The first was Don't Look Behind You) He has not dissaponted me yet- not that he is going to by the looks of it. It was well written and kept your interest the whole time. A little slow in the begining but it speed up quickly. I LOVE the main character (Sara). Also I like how it taught you different stuff about witchcraft and reincarnation(sp?). Totally worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my god! this was agreat book by lois duncan and i just couldn't put it down!Lois Duncan ,I luv u!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't know anything about this author. I read this book, when I bought it off clearance at Barnes and Nobles. I loved it, I would recommend it to anyone. I am 25 and love young adult books, this had the touch of romance but the mystery of unknown.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read every single Lois Duncan books, and I love them all, but Gallows Hill is my absoulte favorite. I highly, higly recommend this book. There's even a movie based on it, except it's called I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU. In the movie, they spice it up a bit, like they did I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. I think the books are better than the movies, like most books are. But anyway, this is a very, very good read. I also think that Lois Duncan's SUMMER OF FEAR should definitely be made into a movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Pine Crest, where Sarah Zoltanne has been dragged from sunny California by her mom¿s love for Ted Thompson, a local school teacher. But Sarah¿s image of the Christian town of Pine Crest soon changes after playing a fortune-telling gypsy at the school¿s Halloween carnival. However, with help from her new friend Charlie she starts to find out that everything that¿s happening is for a reason, a very old reason. What I liked about the book was the connection it had with the Salem Witch Trials. And once I realize just how close that connection was I didn¿t want to put down the book. However, it also led to why I disliked the book. The citizens of Pine Crest are narrow-minded to new ideas. They even burnt down a bookstore because it sold such books on reincarnation. In the end, I recommend this book to any Duncan fan or anyone who has read The Crucible. I especially feel it¿s important to have read The Crucible so you know how the two books tie together, but at the same time you won¿t be lost if you¿ve never read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a pretty good book allthough I liked most of lois duncans other books better. this story involves a girl named Sarah who has just moved to a small town called pine crest with her mother. Strange events start happening as she starts a 'buisness' as a fortune teller with the help of her new selfish 'boyfriend' and stepsister. She also befriends a guy named Charlie who starts to have dreams very similar that she is having about the Salem Witch Trials. But soon the people in pine crest start to think that she's a witch. I'm not going to tell the ending but it will make you breathing so hardly that it will feel like your on a gallows with a rope tied around your neck...
delaney.h4 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Summary: Sara has just moved to Salem and finds a crystal ball is allowing her to see the future and she's dreaming of the past! When she finds a book on the Salem Witch Trials she finds that everyone has a little bit of witch in them.Review: It was an amazingly good book.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Sarah can see things from the past and the future. Seeing the future is unnerving at best, but why are the events Sarah sees from the past all from the Salem witch trials. So far I have been very impressed with Duncan's earlier works. This is the first more recent novel I've read and I was not so impressed with it. The plot kept me reading but the ending was predictable, the characters were cliched and none of them were remotely likable. Not recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Love this book so much i am reading almost all of her books. U should buy it . I love reading mysteries
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It is so amazing! It did not disappoint me!
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This is a great book! I just love it!!!!!!
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Just one of Lois Duncan's amazing books!!!!!!
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birda_bookreader23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It was made into TV movie called I've Been Waiting for You! It has an all-star cast...so if you get a chance, rent it, buy it...guaranteed you will not be disappointed!
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