Witch Catcher

Furthermore, moura has an unusually strong—almost obsessive—interest in the antiques that fill the mansion, especially a beautiful glass globe that Jen finds hanging in a window. But she quickly realizes that not all change is positive. Inspired by the age-old legend of witch catchers, Mary Downing Hahn brings a magical cast of characters to life in this compelling fantasy adventure.

. When her widower father inherits a castlelike estate in the mountains of West Virginia, 12-year-old Jen is thrilled. An odd-looking girl wearing a torn dress appears, and Moura’s behavior becomes more sinister, seemingly out of nowhere, leading Jen to believe that her father is a pawn in an evil scheme.

Author’s note. Soon jen finds herself caught in the midst of a supernatural war, with the fate of an enchanted race—and her family—at stake. Her dad has a mysterious new girlfriend, Moura, who slowly drives a wedge between Jen and her father. It seems like a wish come true. When jen’s cat accidentally breaks the globe, which Moura calls a “witch catcher, ” strange things begin to happen.


The Old Willis Place

Only by connecting with the new girl who moves into the old Willis place can Diana and little brother George be free—but making contact with this girl would be a violation of the rules. Hmh books for Young Readers. The pursuit of friendship is at the heart of this haunting novel, and brilliant plot twists make The Old Willis Place an irresistible page turner.

Known for her spooky stories of ghosts and secrets, Mary Downing Hahn weaves a tale of two children who live near a decaying Victorian mansion, bound to the place by a mysterious set of rules.

The Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story

When ashley discovers a turn-of-the-century doll it is just the first of several puzzling events that lead her through the hedge and into a twilight past where she meets Louise, an ailing child whose beloved doll has mysteriously disappeared. Hmh books for Young Readers.

Promises to the Dead

Will these boys on the run ever find a safe haven?      Includes an author's note. When jesse went down to the marsh on that fateful day, he expected to find a turtle for terrapin soup. Aiding and abetting a slave is against the law, and it also goes against everything Jesse has been taught to believe.

At the crossroads of a country about to plunge into civil war, danger lurks around every corner. Hmh books for Young Readers. Instead, perry, he comes across a dying slave woman who makes Jesse promise he’ll take her young son, to a relative in Baltimore. The journey is more treacherous than Jesse ever imagined.

But he can’t break a promise to the dead, and, more important, he has to follow what he knows in his heart to be right.

Hear the Wind Blow

Hmh books for Young Readers. Unfortunately, this sets off a horrific chain of events that leaves their house burned to the ground and their farm in ruins. With no home left, haswell sets out in search of his older brother, a Confederate soldier. His quest is also a passage into manhood, as he experiences the last bloody days of the Civil War.

. A first-rate story. Kirkus reviews  on a cold, snowy night, thirteen-year-old Haswell Magruder makes a fateful decision. A wounded confederate soldier appears at the family’s Virginia farm, and Haswell convinces his mother to take the man in, despite the dire repercussions if the enemy Yankees were to catch them in such an act.


Closed for the Season

Hmh books for Young Readers. Houghton Mifflin. The boys' quest takes them to the highest and lowest levels of society in their small Maryland town, and eventually to a derelict amusement park that is supposedly closed for the season. A contemporary thriller by the bestselling author of The Old Willis Place.

Two 13-year-old boys, arthur and logan, set out to solve the mystery of a murder that took place some years ago in the old house Logan's family has just moved into.

Where I Belong

Brendan's need to immerse himself in his fantasy world becomes more acute, until he meets a girl with secrets of her own who may just keep his feet on the ground. Houghton Mifflin. When brendan stumbles upon an old man near his tree house in the Virginia woods, he is quick to believe that this is the magical Green Man, guardian spirit of the forest.

No one is kind to sixth-grader Brendan Doyle: his foster mother, his teachers, his classmates, and especially the thugs who bully him. He takes refuge in books, drawing, carving, and daydreaming. Harcourt Brace and Company. Hmh books for Young Readers.

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall

Houghton Mifflin. 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.

. Will florence be able to convince the others in the household of the imminent danger and stop Sophia before it's too late? Hmh books for Young Readers. Houghton Mifflin. Harcourt Brace and Company. 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.


Deep and Dark and Dangerous

Hmh books for Young Readers. Ali, ali's mother, in the lake house where dulcie and Claire, 13, helping to care for her little niece, Emma, is eager to spend her vacation with Aunt Dulcie, spent summers. Houghton Mifflin. Houghton Mifflin. Emma idolizes and imitates Sissy, becoming bratty and hostile and accepting Sissy's dangerous dares.

A family secret is at the root of Mary Downing Hahn's story of supernatural events in Maine. Harcourt Brace and Company. Claire, who is phobic about water, is dead set against her going but is forced to agree. Houghton Mifflin. At first ali thinks sissy is just trying to scare her with a ghost story, but soon she discovers the real reason why Sissy is so angry: she is the ghost of Teresa and blames Claire and Dulcie for her death.

The vacation by the lake turns unpleasant when Ali and Emma meet a mean, spiteful kid named Sissy. Sissy keeps talking about Teresa, a girl who drowned under mysterious circumstances when Claire and Dulcie were kids.

Stepping on the Cracks

Houghton Mifflin. Houghton Mifflin. Houghton Mifflin. Harcourt Brace and Company. Houghton Mifflin. In 1944, when her brother is overseas fighting in world War II, after she discovers he is hiding his own brother, Gordy, eleven-year-old Margaret changes her mind about the school bully, a deserter. Hmh books for Young Readers.


The Dead Man in Indian Creek

Are the boys clever enough to get away? Or will they, too, end up like the dead man in Indian Creek? Hmh books for Young Readers. Houghton Mifflin. Houghton Mifflin. Matt isn’t so sure—but then, while snooping around Evans’s antique shop, on Halloween night, the boys make another shocking discovery that puts their own lives in danger.

Houghton Mifflin. Harcourt Brace and Company. There are murderous grownups that would do anything to keep what the boys found in the shop a secret, and now they’re after Parker and Matt. Houghton Mifflin. While camping near indian creek, Matt and his best friend, Parker, get up early to see if they can spot a blue heron.

Instead, they find the body of a dead man floating in the clear water. Parker is sure that george Evans, the smooth-talking  local antiques dealer, must somehow be connected to the dead man.