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A huge, old house with secret tunnels, a cantankerous caretaker, and buried treasure is a dream-come-true for 13-year-old Thomas. The fact that it's reputedly haunted only adds to its appeal! As soon as his family moves in, Thomas senses something strange about the Civil War era house, which used to be a critical stop on the Underground Railroad. With the help of his father, he learns about the abolitionists and escaping slaves who kept the Underground Railroad running. While on his own, he explores the hidden passageways in and under the house, piecing clues together in an increasingly dangerous quest for the truth about the past. Newbery medalist Virginia Hamilton creates a heart-pounding adventure with this absorbing classic for older readers. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "A hundred years ago, Dies Drear and two slaves he was hiding in his house, an Underground Railroad station in Ohio, had been murdered. The house, huge and isolated, was fascinating, Thomas thought, but he wasn't sure he was glad Papa had bought it--funny things kept happening, frightening things... The secret of the house is revealed in an exciting final sequence that maintains beautifully the mysterious and dramatic story of a black family caught in an atmosphere of fear and danger. Written with distinction, an imaginiative and imposing book." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
An okay read, but I just didn't connect with the characters. The story line was a bit unbelievable and, to me, unexplainable.Published 23 days ago by Randle Fenimore
This book was amazing! I read it for school.
It offers a deep world into the history of a town from long ago with horror, suspense. Read more
Required reading for my son's 6th grade class. I also read it and it is really good and interesting. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jflowe
This is book is very suspenseful and very good. If you like books that will make you excited to keep reading this is the book for you. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John lockhead