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The Haunting of Granite Falls Hardcover – May 11, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525471928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525471929
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,825,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 3-7. When Hiram C. Hopgood purchases a Scottish castle, called Castle Cara, for his daughter, Helen, and has it shipped back to Texas, he has no idea that he has also acquired a coterie of ghosts that have lived in the castle for hundreds of years. But after Helen and the castle's former owner, 12-year-old orphan Alex MacBuff, who has accompanied Hopgood to America, are kidnapped, it's the resident ghosts (including Krok, a Viking warrior; Miss Spinks, a governess intent on drowning herself; Stanislaus, a toothless vampire; Flossie, a child/poltergeist; and Cyril, a hellhound) who come to the rescue. Ibbotson, the author of The Great Ghost Rescue (2002) and numerous other humorous fantasies, excels in her depiction of quirky characters, and the idea of Scottish ghosts in rural Texas adds absurdity to the convoluted, comical plot. Briticisms abound, but they should pose few problems for American readers already familiar with Harry Potter. Kay Weisman
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"Combine a quintet of homesick Scottish ghosts, a Texas millionaire and his sickly daughter, the impoverished last scion of the Clan MacBuff, and trio of fascistically inclined malefactors, and you get a terrifically tongue-in-cheek outing!"—Kirkus Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Be aware that there are 3 books with the exact same story word for word. "The Haunting of Granite Falls", "The Haunting of Hiram C. Hopgood", and "The Haunting of Hiram" are all the same story by the same author. Just a different title and different cover art, same book inside. This is not the author's fault by the way, it is just that 2 publishers have the right to publish, Puffin and Macmillan, and this is what they have done. For some reason that is done with another book from this author, "Island of the Aunts" is also released as "Monster Mission". Personally, I like the artwork on the Macmillan covers from England better.

On to the story - This is a book about a rich Texan that buys a Scottish Castle named Carra from the last heir of an old family, an orphan boy. But he does not want any ghosts included as he is worried that they will scare the little girl that will live in the castle. The millionaire ships the whole thing stone by stone and rebuilds it in Texas. But the castle does have ghosts, very nice ones who have helped raise the boy. They include a viking, a ghost dog, and Miss Spinks. What the millionaire does not notice is that the ghosts do come with the castle. The boy flies to America to get the ghosts out and stays in the castle. When they learn they cannot stay, they move into an old movie theater next door, where they meet the mysterious ghost hand. Somehow, he is trying to solve the mystery of his murder many years ago. And when the little girl is kidnapped for ransom, the ghosts must join the effort to rescue her and the boy.

This book is suspenseful, but laugh-out-loud hilarious. The author creates the most charming and imaginative characters you can imagine. I strongly reccommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Cousins on July 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"The Haunting of Hiram" is the same book as: "The Haunting of Granite Falls"

Some of the book that Eva Ibbotson wrote in the U.K, are publish in the US with another title, like this one, and

"Moster Mission" that was publish as "The Island of the Aunts"

After that been said, every book that she had done is excellent!!

Synopsis of "The Haunting of Hiram" from Amazon.com U.K.

Twelve year old orphan, Alex MacBuff, doesn't want to sell his beloved home, Carra Castle. But it is falling to pieces and he can't afford to keep it. American millionaire, Hiram C. Hopgood, offers to buy it on condition that there are no ghosts - and Alex can't refuse. Problem is, Carra Castle is full of ghosts! There's Krok the hairy Viking warrior, mad Miss Spinks, a vampire with no teeth and a hell-hound called Cyril. Will Alex be able to stop them haunting Hiram? A barmy, brilliantly funny, supernatural adventure from the ever-popular Eva Ibbotson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
Having discovered Ibbotson's imagination and humour in The Secret of Platform 13, our family has listened to or read aloud her other books with equal enjoyment. Car trips are a treat as we all listen to the adventures of plucky kids who form friendly alliances with ghosts, other 'imaginary' creatures, and caring grown-ups as they all combat a couple of villains.
In The Haunting of Hiram, a young boy is separated from the ghosts who raised him. The ghosts have some wild adventures (we know where JK Rowland found some inspiration) and meet an unusual new friend. They are reunited with the boy, and a girl who has become *his* new friend, just in time to help the kids escape some nasty kidnappers. I'd recommend this for ages 8 and up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
Poor Alex MacBuff! He's being forced to send away his only friends from his castle in Scotland. But his friends are all extraordinary. A Viking, a Victorian governess with webbed feet, a retired vampire, a poltergeist, and a hellhound-all of which are ghosts! They are harmless, but when Alex and his new found friend, Helen, are caught in an evil plot, the spirits reveal some hidden powers!
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A Kid's Review on June 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was one of Eva Ibboton's top books!!!
The story has a boy, a girl, and of course ghosts. The ghosts are a Viking, a governess with Water Madness, an old man in a wheel chair who was once a vampire, a little girl who is a polterguist, and a hellhound dogg that is the size of four dachsands end to end. The boy, Alex, has lived in the Scottish mansion, Carra, with his ghost "parents" his whole life. When money starts to run low, he decides to sell it. A man from America wants to buy it but on one condition, it has to be ghost free. This shocks the ghost and starts the whole adventure.
It is as exciting as Harry Potter but much less scary in my opinion. When I was younger, I started reading Eva's books and couldn't stop reading it. I had to put down the second Harry Potter by chapter eight because it was too scary. This is the newest book so far by Eva and I have read all her other books. I am her #1 fan!!!!!!! I have even researched her and made sure I didn't miss a book. Other books by her are Dial-a-Ghost, Which Witch, The Secret of Platform 13, Island of the Aunts, and Not Just a Witch. Enjoy!!!
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