Tuesday, August 24, 2010

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

It looks like it's going to be a long summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn for Travis and his sister Corey. They're the only kids around, and there are a lot of senior citizens who stay at the inn. But then they hear rumours of ghosts that haunt the inn, and they decide to play some tricks on the gullible tourists. It quickly gets out of hand when their pranks awaken some real ghosts, and these ghosts need Travis and Corey to solve a century-old mystery so that they can finally rest in peace.

Even though this book was published in 2008, it seems almost like a throwback to an old-school type of mystery (and that's not a dig at all). I don't remember ever really going through a mystery phase in my reading (other than a deep love of Lois Duncan), but there were always the supernatural Sweet Valley books where Jessica or Elizabeth would have an encounter with a ghost. This book seems to be more in line with those books than the recent supernatural vampire/werewolf books. It seemed like it would be a great book for young readers or tweens ready for something more but not looking for anything too explicit.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston
Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn
Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan
The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright
The Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch

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