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All the Lovely Bad Ones

Mary Downing Hahn (2008), 192 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Fiction, Scary
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Travis and his kid sister, Corey, are known throughout the family as 'high-spirited' kids that love to play tricks on unsuspecting people. When Travis and Corey are sent to the Fox Hill Inn to help their grandmother for the summer, they are both looking for adventure. After hearing that the Inn is supposedly haunted, Travis and Corey decide to 'make' a ghost appear at midnight. With the help of a flashlight, makeup, a filmy white scarf, and some well-timed screams, the kids awaken a real ghost - Ada Haggs, an evil and vengeful spirit, as well as all the lovely bad ones (the children she tormented when Fox Hill Inn was the county poor farm). Events soon spiral out of control, and Travis and Corey must discover a way to get rid of Ada and stop the haunting. Will they be able to put Ada and the children to rest, or will Fox Hill Inn be haunted forever?
Awards won: Rebecca Caudill Award
Reviewed by: blk
Date read: 5/19/2009
ISBN-10: 0618854673
ISBN-13: 9780618854677
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Commenter: Donna Dettman, grade 9
This book has just the right amount of creepiness! My favorite scene is in the dining room when everything is flying all over and Grandmother finally realizes that something really is going on. I enjoyed the similarity between Travis and Corey and 'the lovely bad ones'. The phrase from J W Riley's poem is just haunting enough to remain after the book is finished.