Good story, creepy atmosphere, but a touch too MG for me. A quick read if you're trying to squeeze another spooky tale in before Halloween.
Kids had a great time picking out books at the BOGO book fair at school.
Written for teens, I took this off my daughter‘s book shelf. I didn‘t have high expectations for the book, and after the second chapter, I thought I knew the direction the book was going. Boy was I wrong! Well written, it tells of a family moving to a new town and a 50yr legend about their home. The woods are dark and scary with an ominous presence. Children are warned not to go out into the woods alone. What will happen if they do?
I read this to some 4-6th grade girls. They seemed to enjoy it. The ghost story aspects were great. I didn‘t enjoy the way the parents were portrayed. I wasn‘t sure the author intended them to sound like inept adults. Stick with the witch, kid, mom and dad are losers.
This is a rare sight for me to see. She‘s not much of a reader but she‘s getting better. I hope to see this more in the future and I think Mary Downing Hahn is going to help with that. Allison says that she loves this book so much that she‘s going to start it again after she finishes it.
#spell #blackcatchallenge @Clwojick
Nothing is the same for Daniel & Erica when they are forced to move to an old house in the woods. But things get stranger as Erica begins to act oddly, becoming more withdrawn & holding conversations with her doll. Could the old legends about a witch named Old Auntie who puts a spell on & abducts young girls every few decades be true? This is definitely a spellbinding middle grade novel for October!
An excellent middle grade ghost story about an old conjure woman who abducts little girls in the woods of West Virginia. She keeps them for 50 years, with the help of Bloody Bones, who is a gigantic skeleton made up of various animals' bones. Daniel has to find a way to defeat her to get his little sister Erica back! #kidlitAtoZ
@DGRachel, check this one out!
I bought this book at the 2nd book fair I helped with 3 years ago because of the creepy baby doll hand on the cover! Haunted houses, a witch and a creepy doll that has conversations with a little girl? I'm in!!
#kidlitAtoZ #raisingreaders #middlegrade
Daniel, Erica, and their parents move from an upscale CT life to a pretty rural town in VA. There are scary stories about the house and the woods around it. There's a malevolent feeling. Plus Erica has been talking to her doll, a lot. One day he sees his sister head into the woods which doesn't make sense because she is frightened of them. He follows her. Then one time she gets "took." Daniel just knows he has to get her back.
Good for 6th and up.
Got this one from #scholastic for my classroom library. Let's see how scary it is.
I've been a fan of Mary Downing Hahn since I was a kid. After all these years, I'm glad to say that she still writes the most hair-raising mystery and ghost stories for children. Inspired by old conjure woman folktales, Took tells the story of a family moving into a new house, unaware of the ghastly history of the area. I enjoyed the character development and Hahn's hauntingly descriptive writing. I can see why it is nominated for WAW book award.
I was SHOCKED by how engrossed I got in this book. I picked it up on a complete whim, didn't even read the back, and boy and I glad I did. It reads just like an old ghost story, reminding me a lot of things like Are You Afraid of the Dark and Watcher in the Woods. So glad I found it and definitely recommend it.
I love this book so much! I got it at the book fair 4 days ago and I'm almost done.
Daniel and his sister,Erica,didn't want to move to rural West Virginia. Their new home is a rundown old farm surrounded by woods ,miles from town. The local kids treat Daniel and Erica as snobby outsiders and frighten them with strange stories about their house and a witch called Old Auntie. One day Erica vanishes,and Daniel knows that she has been "took"
"People were so fragile, so easily broken, so hard to put back together."
All of Mary Downing Hahn's books are fun #HallweenReads for the whole family. Not violent or gory, but super creepy and scary. #booktober
This was a HUGELY popular book at my book fair last week, mostly bc the book trailer Scholastic sent us was terrifying! 😂 It did not disappoint though, and if you are a fan of Mary Downing Hahn then you will probably love it too!