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All the Lovely Bad Ones Paperback – August 17, 2009
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A brief synopsis: two kids - older tweens - go to stay at their grandmother's "haunted" inn. The two kids remind me of Fred and George from Harry Potter; they're just very mischievous. And their mischief wakes the ghosts at the inn.
There are "good" ghosts and "bad" ghosts, and it becomes apparent quickly which is which. There is a good mystery, a great amount of historical ambiance, and a very good personification of evil.
My boys love spooky stories. This one TOTALLY fit the bill. Not gross, not at all, just scary. The plot was so good that it captivated me, the out-loud reader.
I would highly recommend this book to kids in middle school, or, if you don't mind the subject matter, to younger boys. I find stuff like this increases my kids' desire to read as well as their vocab and attention span. But it IS scary, very much so! So, kids who are sensitive should avoid it.
Sent to spend the summer with their grandmother, Travis and his sister, Corey, are in for the scare of their lives. As soon as they learn that the Vermont inn owned by their grandmother is haunted, Travis and Corey are thrilled to be there. Unfortunately, Grandmother has other thoughts. She really isn't interested in playing up the haunted angle to her guest, but Travis thinks that would be just the ticket to increase business.
Travis and Corey have a plan. They will use some costumes, a little make-up, and a blue flashlight to make just the right combination of sights and sounds to stir up some interest in the old inn. When word gets around that the long-dormant ghosts of Fox Hill Inn are active again, business will be booming. However, it was not part of the plan that the kids' antics would actually encourage the real ghosts to make a return of a very real kind.
Readers of Mary Downing Hahn's latest mystery are in for a treat. The ghosts in this story are not ready to settle down until some of the wrongs of the past are righted. Until that happens, the inhabitants of the old inn are victims of mysterious wild rampages that destroy their rooms and possessions, vicious physical assaults, and endless taunts and threats. Life at the inn will not be peaceful until the spirits of the past are appeased.
ALL THE LOVELY BAD ONES is an excellent addition to any mystery collection. It is especially perfect for middle grade readers looking for a quick read and a good scare.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
I have been disappointed by most of the ghost stories I've read over the past few years. Sometimes nothing really happens until a little bit of ambiguous nonsense on the next to last page. Or we get gruesome hyper-violence. Or we get psycho-thriller literary gamesmanship. Not so with this book.
Here, we start with an Inn with a history of hauntings. Two visiting kids decide to fake some ghosty activity and end up waking up the real ghosts. From the blurbs that sounds like the sum of the plot. But no, without doing too much SPOILING it is fair to say that the awakening of the ghosts is really the start of the story, with action, mystery, a deep backstory and some very touching and/or scary interactions with ghosts.
The book is fast paced, with a crisp and direct style appropriate for the target reading demo. It's scary, but in an honest thrills sort of way. The book doesn't turn on violent scenes, but is suspenseful and has it's scary moments. The narrator, the older of the two visiting kids, has a matter of fact but reasonably personable style that doesn't overshadow the action. There is a fair amount of mild humor, and some nicely turned phrases and descriptions. The overall effect is tight, well crafted and efficient. There is a fair amount of monologuing, but that doesn't interrupt the flow of the story and keeps the plot on track for younger readers.
So, this turned out to be a very satisfying, classically scary and entertaining ghost story with a lot more going for it that I had expected. A nice find.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a homeschooling mom of 4 girls and they all loved and enjoyed this story. Loved the little boys or "bad ones". Fabulous well-written ghost story.Published 1 month ago by Kelly Hohenstern
My son needed this book for school and he really enjoyed it. He wouldn't stop telling me about it as he read it.Published 4 months ago by queentay
i have read it for an entire month over and over again,but i will never get tired of it. It amazing, scary,and it makes you want to cry. I love it!!!! :)Published 6 months ago by Heather T.
Fun read for 4- 5th graders all 3 of my kids couldn't wait to read it.
They said they would recommend this book to all of their friends.