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Deep and Dark and Dangerous (2007)

by Mary Downing Hahn

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When thirteen-year-old Ali spends the summer with her aunt and cousin at the family's vacation home, she stumbles upon a secret that her mother and aunt have been hiding for over thirty years.

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A quick middle grade suspense/ghost story. The twist was predictable, but I'm also older than the target age range. Overall, it was a fun read. I kept waiting for them to go to the library since it seems like every kid in MDH books ends up there eventually, but they never did! That was the real twist, I guess. ( )
  LynnMPK | Jul 1, 2023 |
I had the good fortune, as it were, to read this directly after another book I hated. Reading a good book soothed my frustration. I flew through this! -This- is an example of what Mary Downing Hahn is capable of, and I basked in it as a reader. The style is what I was used to of hers. Great imagery and details were once again present throughout. It won't be on my Halloween month reading list, but it was good. I'd recommend this for people who want ghostly kids in their stories, and especially budding sociopaths. Oh, I was worried I'd fall asleep and Sissy would be there if I turned over. Didn't happen, thankfully. The way the mystery was set up was good. I was interested every step of the way and was predicting many twists. I was wrong, but I was having fun. The ending was...maybe not a natural conclusion since Sissy was scary, but I was glad somehow still. Mostly scared and annoyed. A mark of good writing, when multiple emotions rise up in readers. ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 14, 2023 |
i just remembered i read this book as a kid and LOVED IT ( )
  mirandoid | May 6, 2023 |
Interesting little ghost story book for YA. You don't start out knowing it's a ghost story. Ali goes with her Aunt and young cousin to a beach house in Maine. While there they meet a young girl named Sissy. Sissy takes to the younger cousin but is distant and often times mean to one or both of the girls. Through the course of the book we learn of a long hidden secret about the two girls mother's. Aunt Dulcie and Ali's mother used to go to the cottage every summer, but then something happened and they were to never return, until now. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Aug 9, 2022 |
Deep and Dark and Dangerous tells the story of Ali, who is a young girl that stays the summer with her aunt and cousin in a cottage. After finding a mysterious picture with an unknown little girl, Ali is ready to investigate who the girl is. The summer takes a wrong turn when another young girl named sissy befriends her cousin and plots and evil plan against Ali and her family. ( )
  mcervantes4 | Apr 8, 2022 |
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Gr 4-7–Thirteen-year-old Ali is excited to be spending the summer with her Aunt Dulcie, an artist, and her four-year-old cousin, Emma, in the Maine lakeside cottage where her aunt and mother spent their childhood summers. But why is Ali's mother so terrified to let her go? Why did the sisters' annual sojourns there stop so abruptly 30 years earlier? And what is the meaning of Ali's recurring dream in which, while walking along the shore of Sycamore Lake, she meets a young girl who points to three girls in a canoe and admonishes, you must do something about this? Ali soon discovers that Teresa, her mother's and aunt's playmate, had disappeared and was presumed drowned when their grandfather's empty canoe washed up on shore. When a strange girl calling herself Sissy shows up at the cottage and lures Emma into defiant and dangerous behavior, Ali finally realizes who she is. Hahn weaves into the story some classic mystery elements such as a torn photograph, a waterlogged doll, dense fog, and an empty grave, all of which add to the suspense and keep the well-plotted story moving along to a satisfying conclusion.–Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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One rainy Sunday in March. I opened a box of books Mom had brought home from Grandmother's house. Although Grandmother had been dead for five years, no one had unpacked any of the boxes.
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When thirteen-year-old Ali spends the summer with her aunt and cousin at the family's vacation home, she stumbles upon a secret that her mother and aunt have been hiding for over thirty years.

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This book is about a girl named ali who goes to an old camp with her aunt a cousin. While they are their they discover secrets of the lake. It turns out Ali's aunt was 8 years old and they new a girll named sissy and one day sissy drowned in that lake. Sissy later on in the book comes and attacks Ali's little cousin and tries to drown her too. Read the book to find out what happens.
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