Ghost story for summer vacation

January 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn; published by Sandpiper, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, New York; 2007.

Okay, technically this is a ghost story; but there is certainly mystery surrounding Ali’s mom and Aunt Dulcie, as well as their family cabin, Gull Cottage.  At age 13, Ali is trying to be more grown up, but still is child-like.  When Aunt Dulcie asks her to babysit cousin Emma at Gull Cottage, Ali jumps at the chance to be have a little separation from her parents.  What the three of them find at Gull Cottage will focus attention on a mystery from Aunt Dulcie’s childhood.  Only Ali and Emma can solve the mystery and put it to rest.

My daughter recommended that I read this for the mystery because she enjoyed it so much (she is a bedtime-flashlight-reader).  I can understand the attraction in this ghost-story-cum-mystery.  It’s just scary enough to make her heart pump faster without causing nightmares.

I would include this in a list of recommended summer reading for upper elementary aged children—it’s a great book to read by flashlight at camp or on vacation.


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