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The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall (2010)

by Mary Downing Hahn

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When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents' death. But Florence doesn't expect the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield and concocts a plan to use Florence to help her achieve her murderous goals. Will Florence be able to convince the others in the household of the imminent danger and stop Sophia before it's too late?

This is advertised as juvenile literature but I needed a "children's or Young adult " book for another challenge and found that this one also fit this challenge and I had read Mary Downing Hahn's work before and found that she was an expert at weaving a goose bump raising ghost story no matter how how you are. In the beginning you feel sorry for Sophia...the little ghost...but befor long you discover she is far from the angelic creature idolized by Eugenie. Sophia proves to be spiteful, manipulative, and determined to avenge her death. While some of Hahn's literary references will likely go over the heads of the targeted age group, most readers will be too absorbed in the chilling atmosphere of the tale and Sophia's terrifying influence on the living world to care. A deliciously spine-tingling tale that even the most "mature" readers will enjoy. ( )
  Carol420 | Oct 1, 2017 |
This book was pretty good though I wasn't thrilled with the ending. It didn't feel like there was any sort of closure.
I've read most of Hahn's books and this one fell in the middle. I highly recommend Wait Till Helen Comes and The Doll in the Garden two of my favorites. ( )
  NghtStlkr64 | Apr 27, 2016 |
Fairly short story about an orphan girl who encounters a ghost when she is taken in by family she didn't know she had. This book would be good for fourth and fifth graders who like ghost stories. It was slightly creepy without being too scary. ( )
  Jadedog13 | Feb 3, 2016 |
Very similar to another of Hahn's ghost stories, The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall tells the tale of a badly-behaved spirit and the poor child she haunts. Orphan Florence learns that she has a long-lost uncle who wishes to care for her, and leaves the city of London for the dreary and lonely Crutchfield Hall. There, she meets her kind uncle, his cruel sister, her sickly cousin James, and the ghost of her cousin Sophia. Just like in Deep and Dark and Dangerous, the spirit of Sophia compels Florence to do things the living girl knows are wrong. This book is filled with scary moments and detailed descriptions. Much better writing than Deep and Dark and Dangerous, though the story is very short. ( )
  AmeliaHerring | Jan 22, 2016 |

In Victorian times, Florence is rescued from the orphanage by her rich Great-Uncle Tom, and goes to live in his country manor, Crutchfield Hall. There she discovers that her cousin James is an invalid, bedbound and confined to his room.

So far it's The Secret Garden, but wait!

Great-Uncle Tom's sister, the Bible-thumping Great-Aunt Eugenie, loathes and abominates the newcomer because how could Florence ever match Eugenie's darling, James's big sister Sophia, who fell off the roof to her death a year ago? According to everyone else, however -- though they're at first reluctant to tell Florence this -- Sophia was a malicious little toad who made James's life a misery and was just about as vile to others . . . except Great-Aunt Eugenie, to whom she sucked up for toys, dresses and candies.

Hey, we're in Rebecca! No, no: again, let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Florence soon becomes aware, as are the servants and of course James, that Sophia's ghost still haunts the place. In fact, Sophia wants James dead, because she believes his death will bring her back to life. She also wants to torment Florence, and doesn't much care if Florence dies too.

Even if a bit derivative, this is all well enough told; but then it just sort of peters out. The book's a fun way to pass an hour or so -- it's for kids, and about novella-length -- but I'm sure that by this time next week I'll have forgotten all about it. Joan Aiken lite, really.
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For my daughters, Kate and Beth, who will always be my favorite readers.
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When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents' death.
          But Florence doesn't expect the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield and concocts a plan to use Florence to help her achieve her murderous goals. Will Florence be able to convince the others in the household of the imminent danger and stop Sophia before it's too late?

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In the nineteenth century, ten-year-old Florence Crutchfield leaves a London orphanage to live with her great-uncle, great-aunt, and sickly cousin James, but she soon realizes the home has another resident, who means to do her and James harm.

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