Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Dame of Spooky

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn

Adolescent Ghost Story

Hahn is the best adolescent ghost writer there is, and maybe ever was!  Her stories are always creepy, spooky and spine-chilling.  In other words, near perfect.

Florence is an orphan and is being sent to a new home, the house of a distant relative--her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall.  She hopes to find a better home or at least a small bit of affection but finds neither.  Instead she finds an emotionally distant but pleasant uncle, a hateful scolding aunt and an invalid cousin.  All of them seem to revolve around the absence of Sophia, a cousin who resembles Florence and who died a very grisly death.  Sophia was the center of the family before her death and she tries to use Florence to regain that power.

I am a huge Hahn fan this one certainly didn't disappoint.  It was very creepy and thrilling and made me want to sleep with my night light on.  Which I did.  And, I'm 42 years old if that tells you how creepy her stories are.

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