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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,278 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia Hamilton Narrator: Lynne Thigpen Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781461810681
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One hundred years ago, Dies Drear and two runaway slaves hiding in his house, an important station on the Underground Railroad, were murdered. Legend has it that the ghost of Mr. Drear still haunts the lonely old house. But Thomas Small’s father, a Civil War history professor, doesn’t believe the legends and buys the house. The house is fascinating, thinks Thomas, and it is filled with hidden doorways and secret passages that he can’t wait to explore. But funny things keep happening-frightening things that no one, not even Thomas’ father, can explain. Is someone playing a prank? Or is the ghost of Dies Drear trying to warn the Smalls of danger?

From Virginia Hamilton, the author of the Newbery Medal and National Book Award–winning M.C. Higgins, the Great, comes a spellbinding mystery filled with edge-of-the-seat suspense. The House of Dies Drear wraps an important history lesson into a brilliantly imaginative story for all ages.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Newbery medalist Virginia Hamilton creates a heart-pounding adventure with this absorbing classic for older readers.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sabrinah | 2/18/2014

    " I didnt like this book that much. For me it was ok.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 2/9/2014

    " hated it!!!!!!!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 H | 2/1/2014

    " The cover was different. I read it along with students in 7th grade as it is a literature circle book. I didn't care for it and the kids thought it was boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chloe Turner | 1/31/2014

    " I read this because of school, no other reason.In fact if it weren't for me being forced to read this, I wouldn't have.Most "forced books" are boring and don't have much action.I didn't enjoy reading it it was just okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sydney K. | 1/28/2014

    " Its okay, but the begining is confusing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/9/2014

    " Meh. I would have given this two-and-a-half stars if I could. While the story of a boy and his family moving into a house supposedly haunted by the ghosts and runaway slaves is compelling, the writing is very choppy and difficult to follow at times. The main character, Thomas, seems incredibly cantankerous for a 13 or 14 year old. Other than his fear, we don't get a realy good idea of what's motivating him to make the observations he makes. (And he's always making motivations.)The ending was also completely unsatisfying to me. This is a book that could have been so much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/8/2014

    " I loved this book! So many people said that it was uninteresting and boring, but I don't see how! It was full of suspense, and nothing turned out how you thought it would. I learned so much about the Underground Railroad and such. I enjoyed this book. :) I liked her style of writing, but it annoyed me at the same time. It bothered me how it was basically from the third person point of view, yet it shared Thomas' emotions and thoughts. If it is from the third person it should stay like that and not switch over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 1/6/2014

    " I wish they had introduced more of the underground railroad part of the story, but still enjoyable (when you remember its a kid's book). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stella | 12/18/2013

    " Real slow start for my lit group students. (5th graders) Right now they are calling it boring. As they get into it, I think they will like it better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sidik Fofana | 12/1/2013

    " SIX WORD REVIEW: Read this twenty years too late. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 11/29/2013

    " I loved the idea of the plot, but it was a bit slow. I have to admit that I was disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela Huxtable | 11/22/2013

    " Good characters but lacking in depth in terms of mystery and plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammi | 11/18/2013

    " Reading it for our mother/daughter book club. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tylar | 11/18/2013

    " This is a really good book for people who want to read a mystery, with ghosts, and a little bit of slave history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 6/7/2013

    " Geared toward teens but still a good "historical" read. I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JoeZa | 5/12/2013

    " I read this in school! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Randee | 7/19/2012

    " I got bamboozled into reading this ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Izetta Autumn | 7/12/2012

    " This book lit my imagination on fire when I was a child. Sometimes when I go visit old houses I often have the sense that it reminds me of the "House of Dies Drear." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 4/21/2012

    " I know this book is a classic, but it drove me nuts that the first 3/4 of the book was so creepy and atmospheric...and then it turned into Scooby Doo, complete with rubber masks and meddlin' kids. Ugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/19/2012

    " I read this to preview it for Annie and was completely caught up in the simple story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail Farrin | 1/8/2012

    " Pretty good book. Saw the movie before reading it though so I knew what was going to happen. I think if I would have read it before I saw the movie I would have enjoyed it more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nora | 12/26/2011

    " I can't tell if it was really super scary, or if the disjointed and confusing writing (in parts) just added to the anxiety and made me feel scared. I often re-read sections because the transitions were so abrupt. Just so-so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gjela | 12/9/2011

    " scary (=. not that much. but made me think. RECCOMEND OT PEOPLE WHO LIKE THOSE TYPES OF BOOKS. also from a kids point of view. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tatiana | 11/14/2011

    " To me it was a very dull and boring book. It was not interesting and it was hard to read because it was not the type of book that I like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madeline Beck | 11/9/2011

    " Doesn't make much sense "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jana Kaplan | 7/30/2011

    " I'm bored and puzzled by the writing style, but I'm intrigued and want to see what happens. ---- I wrote that on a Wednesday, and by Friday I decided I didn't want to waste my time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 7/27/2011

    " “The House of Dies Drear” had some really good moments. Hamilton was very good at creating an ominous, creepy mood and leaving you in suspense. Unfortunately, I found the plot to be only mildly interesting and the dialogue slightly unrealistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 7/18/2011

    " Eh. Can see why some of the students I spoke to weren't fond of this. Great concept, clunky, convoluted execution. Not the best read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 6/27/2011

    " Youth fiction- combination historic fiction and mystery. Liked the way each chapter ended with suspense. Would make it a good read-aloud. But some sections moved slowly. "

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

    " I read this book beacause my teacher had told us to read this book before a certain period amount of time. Like one week or two.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 4/27/2011

    " I am giving this book 3 stars only because I grinned at the dated writing and the obvious attempt of a female author to write as a teenage boy. Didn't work. Another mentioned a scooby do plot and that is right on the money. I bet this book was the inspiration for the pilot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 4/14/2011

    " Disappointing. Started well and built momentum, but in the end it just lost steam and petered clear out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlee | 3/31/2011

    " I have read this book a thousand times! I LOVE IT! A boy unravels the mystery in his new house. Although suspensful, it is appropriate for children to read. This would be a great way to start a lesson about slavery and the Civil War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 1/31/2011

    " I read this book when I was in Jr. High, and it still kind of creeps me out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerrica | 1/28/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's an easy, quick read. Definately written for young adults, but still enjoyable. "

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About the Author
Author Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton (1936–2002) grew up in rural Ohio among an extended family and generations of storytellers. Her grandfather, Levi Perry, was brought by his mother from Virginia slavery to Ohio via the Underground Railroad. She received nearly every award in the field of children’s literature, including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Newbery Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Award.

About the Narrator

Multi-talented actress Lynne Thigpen (1948–2003) was born in Joliet, Illinois. She performed in community theater and university theater productions while attending the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Following graduation, she taught high-school English for a short time, but her interest in acting eventually prevailed over teaching. During her thirty-year career, Lynne went on to appear in nearly forty movies and numerous television series