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4.00031357792411 out of 54.00031357792411 out of 54.00031357792411 out of 54.00031357792411 out of 54.00031357792411 out of 5 4.00 (3,189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Downing Hahn Narrator: Ellen Grafton Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781423381143
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Diana and her little brother Georgie have been living in the woods behind the old Willis place, a decaying Victorian mansion, for what already seems like forever. They aren't allowed to leave the property or show themselves to anyone. But when a new caretaker comes to live there with his young daughter, Lissa, Diana is tempted to break the mysterious rules they live by and reveal herself so she can finally have a friend. Somehow, Diana must get Lissa's help if she and Georgie ever hope to release themelves from the secret that has bound them to the old Willis place for so long. Mary Downing Hahn has written a chilling ghost story in the tradition of her most successful spine-tingling novels. The intriguing characters, frightening secrets, and plot twists will delight her many fans. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2006 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J1bird6 | 2/16/2014

    " i thought that this book was really intresting since i luv ghost stories :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby K. | 2/13/2014

    " This book was a mix of things for me. I did like the book a lot, although at times, I would feel like this was too chilling a ghost story for me to read and I would want to set the book down. Or, I would feel saddened and wish I had never even heard of the book. I didn't ever put the book down, though, and that's why it was such a good book. It made me feel such deep emotions and I could never stop reading. I was fascinated most, though, by how Mary Downing Hahn could write about such an ordinary seeming girl with such an ordinary seeming story line, and turn it into a thrilling read with a kinda, sorta, depends-on-how-you-look-at-it, happy ending. If you are in the mood for an awesome ghost story right before bed a couple of nights in a row, then this is definitely the book for you!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Sutton | 2/13/2014

    " I have returned to MDH as an adult after being a major fan as young person. I am having a hard time deciding whether I read the works differently as an adult or maybe "The Old Willis Place" isn't enough to make a conclusion out of. I think I should read more MDH. Getting to it: the first part included DRAMATIC foreshadow that is borderline insulting to the adult reader (note: I ate it up as a a kid). The middle part dragged, but I still enjoyed the "solving" of the mystery part of the climax and the resolution wasn't so predictable. So, I liked it....even as a grown up she still gave me the chills. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashly Vazquez | 2/3/2014

    " It said it was scary but it wasnt that scary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 2/3/2014

    " i loved this book it brought me suspence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ♪jεαnnεττε εrîn | 1/31/2014

    " She's done way better. I'm just glad she's a good author aside from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachal | 1/30/2014

    " I think this book was beautifully written. The whole book was flawlessly beautiful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mrs. Fischer Fischer | 1/22/2014

    " A good little ghost story for intermediate students. My students really like Mary Downing Hahn's writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kt. | 1/19/2014

    " EXCELLENT mystery. Well written, engaging page-turner. My sixth grade daughter recommended it (though I'm not sure she loved it as much as I did) and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 1/19/2014

    " I'm just not a fan of Mary Downing Hahn's books. I've read two and both deserved only 2 stars. This one was slightly better than the first but still don't love them. The book went into the importance of forgiveness but by the time the story reached the moral point I was ready to shut it. I'm not one to walk away from a ghost story but Hahn's books bother me. I think its because they are written for children and I just don't think children are the best audience for this genre. My son's teacher read this one to his class last year. Definitely think there were/are better books out there for a teacher to read out loud to her students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy M | 12/26/2013

    " Not as great as her classic "Wait Till Helen Comes", but this is a fun, spooky read, too. A predictable read for adults, but the use of narrator is original and I think kids will love the build-up and discovery at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 12/24/2013

    " The idea was a good one, but I never really connected with any of the characters. The ending seemed rushed. But for a children's book, it was acceptable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 12/23/2013

    " This is a ghost story with a twist. I enjoyed the story, but I found the end a bit cheesy. This would be a good story to use as a compare/contrast with the movie The Others. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charity Truelove | 12/4/2013

    " Typical YA book. Not recommended for adult use :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Pugliese | 11/26/2013

    " Awesome! Just like all Mary Downing Hahn's other books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashlee | 11/20/2013

    " I suggest this book to anyone who likes adventure and ghost stories. GREAT BOOK! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 11/20/2013

    " Thanks Anna! This was a quick read with an entertaining ghost story. Spooky enough for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina Depue | 9/23/2013

    " I found this book really good because I am a huge fan of paranormal books, especially ones with ghosts in them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 8/3/2013

    " As Diana and her little brother Georgie carefully stalk about the woods by the old willis place a girl about dianas age named Lissa moves in near by so diana wants to meet her. things about Diana and Georgies past start to unravel as diana and Lissa get closer.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooklyn | 7/19/2013

    " REALLY good book. I got kinda conufused in some parts but i did read it like a year or two ago so... yeah but it's a good book. You MUST read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mackenzy Grisel | 5/22/2013

    " this was a great book!!! the mystery that went on through this story was amazing!!!!! i have to say i think the genre could thearetically be scary AND mystery! this is to all the people who havent read this book- READ IT!!!! IT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE INCREDIOUSLY AND AMAZINGLY BETTER!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 2/17/2013

    " This was really good. It was a sunshine state young reader's selection a couple of years ago, so it is probably a 5th grade level book. At first you really don't know what is going on. Though I truly enjoyed it, I didn't give it 5 stars since I was able to put it down at times :o) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter | 1/27/2013

    " Really good book, with a a great twist at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chase Lenz | 1/2/2013

    " i think that is sort of scary "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 4/17/2012

    " My brother had this book and he was going to read it...he never did. I decided to read it and found it very interesting. If I was a little kid and not a person who has read lots of books I would say it's my favorite. My brother should really read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karolinde (Kari) | 1/7/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's a new twist on the haunted house genre, a look from the other side if you will. The realy mystery surrounds the two children who are trapped in the woods around the old house. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Araia | 5/13/2011

    " This is also a really good book. I think that Mary Downing Hahn is a good author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 4/20/2011

    " it was good! great ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mackenzy | 3/23/2011

    " this was a great book!!! the mystery that went on through this story was amazing!!!!! i have to say i think the genre could thearetically be scary AND mystery! this is to all the people who havent read this book- READ IT!!!! IT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE INCREDIOUSLY AND AMAZINGLY BETTER!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 3/10/2011

    " this is mary at her best!you dont realize who is talking till the end.it is very sad though. "

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

    " werid book good summer book idk why but it is .... :P "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Havanna | 3/1/2011

    " One of her best! Love it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nica | 2/21/2011

    " I wanna read this book, but how can I but? I am here in Bangkok Thailand.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 2/17/2011

    " This is a very good children's mystery. "

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