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HardCover. Pub the Date: May. 2012 Pages: 272 in Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Maisie Holt This is her book It's an old house one her family plans to stay in. for only a short the while; but the for Hannah Price. Secrets soon come creeping out of every corner of Cowleigh Lodge. First there's the old and dusty book of children's fairy tales that belonged to a young girl named Maisie. Hannah learns that the girl died mysteriously at age eleven in this very house nearly 140 years ago. Then . when Hannah draws a portrait of Maisie. things begin to fall apart. The house seems to be reverting to its nineteenth-century form. and Hannah's not sure whether it or Maisie herself is sending her messages. Hannah must solve the mystery of Maisie's death . because if she doesn't help her. Maisie may never leave Hannah alone .... Rebecca Wade has created a haunting story that will captur...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Ghostly Mystery 17 Aug. 2012
By Kate Coombs - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A ghost story that starts out scarier than it ends, which is probably just as well for its middle grade audience. Or rather, this is a mystery that's also a ghost story. Apparently the two main characters, Hannah and her friend Sam, have teamed up before, in a mystery called The Theft and the Miracle. Now Hannah's family has temporarily moved into an old, hard-to-rent house across town, and the creepy happenings start piling up.

It seems a little girl named Maisie used to live in the house, and she died as a child, perhaps killed by witchcraft. Locked rooms, an old calendar page, a book of fairy tales, bad dreams, a weirdly marked doll, poltergeist-type activities, and Hannah's own drawing of the dead girl combine to make Hannah jump and worry--and try to solve the mystery of what really happened to Maisie. The weirdness escalates and escalates until Hannah and Sam have their own haunted encounters with Maisie.

Here's a description of the doll:

"The blue ribbon was a problem, however, and it took a lot of coaxing before the tight little knot yielded at last. Then Mom unfastened the dress and gently pulled it over the doll's head. 'Oh!' The exclamation came from both Hannah and her mother at once. They stared at the cloth body, naked save for the black boots. 'What's happened to her?' asked Hannah. 'Don't ask me!' All over the back, stomach, arms, and legs were dark yellowish-brown stains. Each was roughly the size of a small coin, and they were evenly spaced."

As I mentioned, the pacing of this book is intriguing. The tension builds in a truly shivery way. I was well and truly creeped out as a reader, and then the author took the story in an unexpectedly sweet direction. The story works, certainly, just not the way you think it will. And Wade draws on an intriguing bit of history in creating her resolution.

A nice ghost story for kids who like to be scared, but ultimately comforted rather than left scared. And an early Halloween contender, though of course you can read it any time of the year. I will be looking for Hannah and Sam's first adventure and watching out for their next one.
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Review - The Whispering House 31 Oct. 2012
By Kris - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Hannah starts to have strange, intense dreams about being under a canopy of glittering green leaves with a strange, blankly staring face next to hers, when her family relocates to an old Victorian house. There, she finds a dusty book of fairy tales. The book is inscribed, "To Maisie From Your Loving Papa, Christmas 1876." Upon the discovery of Maisie Holt's gravestone in the neighborhood graveyard, Hannah finds out that Maisie died when she was only eleven years old. Hannah decides to find out what happened to Maisie with the help of her best friend Sam.

Hannah is smart, and she can put the clues together. However, all the people she gets in touch with easily gives her the necessary information needed to solve the mystery. She is too perfect, as is her situation, making her seem unreal. Sam is more interesting, and he is the one that helps Hannah make sense about the clues she finds and the dreams she has.

The ending of book is a bit let down, as it isn't nearly as strong as the rest of the book. Still, I do love the plot for the book and how the story weaves the past and the present into one by drawing on intriguing pieces of history, and I found the truth behind the dreams interesting. The Whispering House delivers plenty of spookiness for younger readers, but the older tweens and teens will find this book too simple.

Note - I didn't realize until I was reading this book that it is a book two. The first book about Hannah Price is called The Theft & The Miracle.

Review by Alice @Imaginary Reads
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Whispering House 4 Sept. 2012
By Kassie's Book Thoughts - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book was a good read, but not something that I would usually read. Now, the characters are well developed and make the story cute. Although, I will admit some thing creep me out, especially the doll. Overall, the book was good and I wanted to keep reading to figure out the whole mystery behind the house, doll, and the little dead girl.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This Kid Liked It! 25 May 2012
By Andrea T - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When this book came my way, I thought it would be a great opportunity for the publisher to find out what a real kid thinks about a kid's book. My 9yo niece Avery was excited to take this on for review and I am ever so grateful.

Here's Avery's review.

This book really interested me. The cover really wanted me to read it.

THE WHISPERING HOUSE was slow until the fourth chapter. The book is about a girl named Hannah Price, who stays in an old house where once another girl lived named Maisie Holt. Hannah finds out that Maisie died when she was eleven. Hannah finds a fairy tale book that tells stories about Maisie and Hannah starts having dreams about Maisie. Sam, Hannah's good friend, decides to help her find out what happened to Maisie.

I thought it was a good idea to find out what happened to her. I was curious what will happen in chapter eight and I was also wondering what will happen in chapter nine.

At the end of the book, Sam and Hannah found out what happened to Maisie. I thought that what happened to her was weird. I will recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery books. I hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I did!

The author, Rebecca Wade, did a good job writing the book. It has two hundred, seventy-two pages and it will be on sale May 22, 2012. It also has thirty-four chapters.
I loved this book because it has many twists and turns ... 17 Nov. 2014
By Sri - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the review from my 10 yr old...

I loved this book because it has many twists and turns and you finish reading it you will feel dazed and wowed. It may not be good for children under 7, but children over 7 who love mysteries and suspense will love this book. It is also a ghost story , but will capture your interest . in this book,Hannah moves to a new house and sees that a young girl named Mazie once lived in her house. Then she finds out Mazie's ghost needs her help. Hannah thinks the way to help Mazie is to find out how Mazie died. You will love this book if you love mystery and suspense.
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