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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Bauer Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739367902
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Something’s rotten in Apple country!

Hildy Biddle is a high school reporter eager to stand up for the truth. She’s just waiting for a chance to prove herself as a journalist, and yearning for a big story. The trouble is, the town’s biggest story stars . . . a ghost. Not a very easy interview!

This ghost has the town in a tizzy, and the local paper is playing up people’s fears with shocking headlines of eerie happenings and ghostly sightings. Hildy’s determined to discover what’s really going on, but her desire to uncover the truth is making some people awfully nervous.

Does the truth have a chance of being heard over all the buzz?

Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer brings her trademark sense of humor, witty dialogue and cast of quirky characters–featuring a strong, feisty heroine–to this funny, thought-provoking mystery.


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 2/15/2014

    " Hildy is a journalist, working for the high school newspaper. Her family owns an apple orchard and she splits her time between school and the family business. Her small town is experiencing some scary times that are centered on the town's alleged haunted house, and fear is building in the town. At the same time, the mayor has announced a new economic initiative that threatens the orchards of some of the town's growers. Hildy uses her journalism skills to get to the bottom of things, and she and her friends "break the story." Joan Bauer creates believable teenagers, engaging stories, and I think this story will appeal to many middle school girls. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 2/15/2014

    " This one just didn't stay with me. Good writing and interesting story. Just didn't connect, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 2/12/2014

    " Really liked it...Hoping to make up a proper book review as soon as I can get the book back. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rish Lismic | 2/7/2014

    " OK, I like this book A LOT. At first I thought it would kinda... how do I put this nicely? Be horrible. Maybe it was because of all the apples (I hate apples...), but the intense puking in the first scene really caught my attention. Turns out the book was way more than epic throwing up. It was so awesome that I could literally stand (and was glad) that I Peeled the book off the library shelf ;). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlinleah | 1/28/2014

    " I like a good teen reporter book. Joan bauer is always good for a good book, although sometimes too realistic for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 1/17/2014

    " Joan Bauer is one of my favorite authors. In Peeled she has created another strong teen character, Hildy Biddle, a reporter on her high school newspaper, who (with the help of other likable, quirky characters) tries to uncover the truth about a haunted house, the mayor's big plan for their town, and what seem to be the duplicitous manipulations coming from the local newspaper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianna | 12/25/2013

    " It was okay! But it took me awhile to get into it.... But other than that it was really romantic towards the end! Not the best of Joan Bauers' books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/21/2013

    " Initial reaction: Would give it 3.5 stars. Thought the character development was excellent, and the writing, but just don't see very many of my students snatching it out of the library anytime soon. Have a few readers in mind who would appreciate it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Cooper | 11/10/2013

    " This book was alright but fairlly predictable... like an episode of Scooby Doo... the realtor and the newspaper man would have got away with it if not for those darns kids,,,, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/1/2013

    " Joan Bauer is one of my favorite YA authors. She's so underrated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/13/2013

    " i was a great book, the writing makes you feel that you are really there... Joan Bauer is a great writer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 7/12/2013

    " This book was really exciting. I would deffinitley reccommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/30/2013

    " A little slow at the beginning, but then I really started enjoying the strong female characters. The main character is learning to be a free-thinker and its nice to see her struggle through this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabella | 3/5/2013

    " Great book...treat to read...really touched my heart "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ti amo | 10/5/2012

    " This was a really cute book! I loved how Hildy wouldn't ever give up. Great when you need a quick book to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/7/2012

    " I liked this book quite a bit. I'm a huge Joan Bauer fan. However this book wasn't quite up to her other books. The characters were good, but the situation was, to me, fairly predictable. Nevertheless, it was a fun read. I really like Bauer's realistic yet unique strong female characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 3/1/2012

    " I wanted this to be so much better. I wanted to care about the characters and story, especially since it was about youth interested in journalism but ... it fell so flat for me. I'm saddened, too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 11/10/2011

    " Light YA book, small town apple country mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/19/2011

    " Student journalists aim to save their apple orchards and town, which might be haunted, from corrupt developers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 5/9/2011

    " 5/14/11 cute, but nothing special. I definately liked Thwonk a lot more 2.5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linsey | 4/26/2011

    " A town in in fear and consumed with hauntings Hildy focuses her efforts on finding out what is really happening in her home town of Banesville. A story featuring a strong heroine and witty dialogue. Good easy read.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 morg ? | 4/17/2011

    " i enjoyed this book, it had it's ups & downs. i felt like it was slow it a lot parts & picked up really fast, then slowed down again. it was enjoyable, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ?Stephanie | 4/7/2011

    " It was an okay book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 4/3/2011

    " Very good book! Love Joan Bauer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/29/2011

    " I love this book. A really good mystery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 3/27/2011

    " Short, easy book I think it could have been longer and more for older audiences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 3/5/2011

    " writing and character dev quite good, includes some innocent romance (but its not the focus). Liked the interesting statements about journalism and resistence/rebellion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 G | 3/4/2011

    " Confessedly, I'm very attracted to the cover.
    But it's not for me.....
    The old saying 'Don't judge a book by its cover'! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merrilyn | 2/24/2011

    " I would 2 1/5 stars if I could. It was an OK book and I liked it fairly well. It is a young adult novel so not suprisingly the writing and plot seemed kind of juvenile and predictable at times. I really liked that there wasnt anything I would find inapropiate for teenagers in it. "

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About the Author
Author Joan Bauer

Joan Bauer is the author of a dozen novels for young readers, among them the Newbery Honor Book Hope Was Here and the Los Angeles Times Prize winner Rules of the Road. She has also twice received the Christopher Award, as well as the Schneider Family Book Award and the Golden Kite Award.

About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.