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The Haunting (1998)

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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This is a book my 11 year old was interested in reading. She had two chapters left and so I picked it up to see what it was about. The story started out promising, but I figured out the ending well before the main character, which is always a little disappointing. There were phrases that were repeated over and over in the text which droned on and on and on, and the ending didn't come soon enough. The big showdown at the end was rather anti-climatic, but as far as "not-so-spooky, spooky stories" goes, this is a good one for a pre-teen reader. ( )
  daatwood | Nov 21, 2013 |
Nixon brings us yet another fun, creepy, and suspenseful thrill ride. This time, Lia must solve the mystery of her family's haunted mansion. I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to YA mystery fans. ( )
  simply00complex | Aug 10, 2011 |
A fast-paced and suspenseful read from four-time Edgar award winner, Joan Lowery Nixon, THE HAUNTING tells the story of 15-year-old Lia, whose parents have inherited Graymoss, a mysterious family plantation supposedly haunted by an oppressive evil that only comes out at night. Feeling she can't live up to the legacy of the "Women Who Are Exceptionally Brave" in her family, the bookish Lia nonetheless finds herself drawn into the mystery that surrounds the plantation by clues found in an old family diary. Lia's admirable process of self-discovery is marred only by an unconvincing, melodramatic attitudinal about-face two-thirds of the way through the book, but fans of Nixon, as well as the young adult mystery genre in general, will find plenty to enjoy here. ( )
  drakescott | Jul 9, 2008 |
Fantastic creepy ghost story. Lia's great grandmother left her mother a family plantation home called Graymoss.But no-one has lived in Graymoss since the original owners due to the terrible hauntings that occur at night. There is even a rumour that people have been scared to death. Lia doesn't want to move house (her parents have a dream of adopting a whole family)and she hopes her parents stay there and are scared away. Meanwhile there are clues in the original owner Charlotte's diary as to who the ghost is and also a gorgeous local boy who offers to help her.
  nicsreads | Apr 11, 2007 |
When Lia's great-grandmother dies, she and her family decide to move into a house that's been in the family for generations. Only problem is, it's haunted. ( )
  escondidolibrary | May 18, 2006 |
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To Allyson, who introduced me to Louisiana's ghost
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My fingers shook as I pushed back the long strands of hair that had fallen over my face.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440220084, Mass Market Paperback)

Fifteen-year-old Lia comes from a long line of courageous women, dating back to a Civil War survivor who single-handedly saved her Louisiana plantation house, Graymoss, from destruction. But Graymoss is haunted by a terrible evil.

With clues from a diary and Favorite Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Lia, who doesn't feel as if she's inherited any family genes of courage, must figure out what--or whom--the evil wants. When Lia's parents decide to move into Graymoss, Lia isn't sure how to convince them to change their minds. But it's up to her to chase away the horror lurking inside the old house. Can she find the courage to deal with a noisy ghost who wants vengeance?

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:54:12 -0400)

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When her mother inherits an old plantation house in the Louisiana countryside, fifteen-year-old Lia seeks to rid it of the evil spirit that haunts it.

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