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Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Ghost Story Hardcover – June 1, 2004

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Grade 5-8–After Zibby is mysteriously compelled to spend all of the money that she had been saving for inline skates on an old dollhouse, she discovers that it is inhabited by a malicious doll that seems bent on causing harm to the 12-year-old, her family, and her friends. This doll is the ghost of Miss Honeywell, a cruel and bitter woman who was once the governess of young Primrose, the original owner of the dollhouse in 1919. As the entity becomes more powerful, Zibby and her friends try to solve the mystery of the dollhouse before her family is destroyed. This theme has been explored in many books, including Betty Ren Wright's shorter but more chilling The Dollhouse Murders (Holiday, 1983). The story begins strongly with an air of menace, but the suspense isn't maintained throughout the rather long narrative. Readers will probably stick with it, though, due to the easy flow of the writing and the likable characters; this is not just a ghost story but a tale of kids trying to adjust to new stepparents and stepsiblings. The plot gets cluttered as more ghosts pop out of the woodwork, but the stray ends are all tied together at the dramatic but contrived climax. A good choice for libraries with a high demand for thrillers.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Gr. 4-7. A dollhouse takes a dark turn in this novel that will please mystery fans as well as readers who like ghost stories. Zibby Thorne can't understand what possessed her to buy this antique dollhouse on her twelfth birthday, and why was it so cheap? Soon, Zibby hears strange voices, and horrible things start happening. The dollhouse is clearly haunted. A parallel tale, set in 1919, alternates with Zibby's story and explains the past events that are influencing the dangerous goings-on. This has such a glut of both plots and characters that readers may find it difficult, especially in the beginning, to keep all the relationships straight (e.g., two new friends, though of the same age, are aunt and niece, and Zibby's cousin and new stepsister are not dissimilar). What will keep kids going are the key elements of mystery: What will happen next, and how will the culprits be discovered? On these points, the book scores, keeping tension high and offering several ingenious twists on the road to the conclusion. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152165746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152165741
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got this book from my local library branch and LOVED it. It's the perfect blend of humor and suspense. It's certainly not for young children, but a reader at a 6th grade level should be fine. I'm so glad I found it here because none of the book stores in my area carried it.
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I read this in the seventh grade because I had to stop when I first tried reading it in the fourth grade because it was SO SCARY. This was one of my ultimate favorite books, ever.

It is a massive page turner. The book flips between two perpectives: 12 year old Zibby, who, in a trance, buys a dollhouse when she meant to buy rollerskates, and young Primrose, a girl from 1919 who originally owned the dollhouse. Zibby deals with the dollhouse, which is haunted and wrecking havoc on her life, and Primrose deals with her horrific governess, Sweet Ms. Honeywell.

This book really manages to capture what many children fear: death of family members, absence of parents, bad babysitters (the governess!)

It is a page turner and will keep you up at night reading! My only complaint is that things get ridiculously corny in the ending, but it is basically a children's book, so things have to be corny and there must be a happy ending. This book could easily be targeted at high schoolers if the ending was changed to be darker.

Buy this book if you love spooky stories!
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By A Customer on June 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a frightening story that unfolds quickly. The main character is Zibby, a 12-year-old girl. Zibby gets help from several of her friends, as she discovers more and more about her haunted antique doll house. I liked the fact that the kids asked hard questions about the weird things that were happening to them. Doll-sized ghosts, people-sized ghosts, possession, smoke, fire, lightening. The girls had to figure out how all the crazy things happening around the doll house fit together before somebody died. The best part was the fact that they didn't do anything stupid; so not only were they brave, they were also intelligent. They had to be to defeat SWEET Miss Honeywell.
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Format: Paperback
This book was a really good book!!! Sweet Miss Honeywells Revenge is a really scary ghost story to me. but it kept me intrested the throughout the whole book!!! The book gave me nightmares at night when i slept but i couldnt put the book down!!

This book is about a girl that has this doll house in her room that was there before her family bought the house. the doll house haunted her! It moves around her house alot without anyone touching it!
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A Kid's Review on February 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
<u>Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge</u>

By Kathryn Reiss

"Jude was standing rigid, staring at the corner by the desk. Zibby stared, too. The dollhouse stood intact, unburnt, complete as before."

Poor Zibby, when she unwillingly buys a mysterious dollhouse, everything seems to go haywire. The dollhouse doesn't seem to want to leave, even after she burns it to the ground. From dreams of fires, to a mystery of ghosts, each striving for something different, Zibby must get these ghosts to move on before Miss Honeywell takes over her mom! Luckily, Zibby has help from her new friends and family to complete this feat.

I thought that this was a great book, and definitely worth buying. I thought it was nice how unlikely friendships form and combine to ultimately solve their ghost problems. It was an interesting ending, and I probably wouldn't have thought of it. The book was long enough to keep you occupied for at least a little while. The story had a light and mysterious ghost story with it's own surprises, and a unique style. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read mystery or ghost stories.
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I've had this book for a year now and never had an interest to read it until I ran out of books. Boy was I missing out. Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge deserves an A+. I couldn't but the book down. Every word, Every Sentence, Every Chapter gives out new information about the mystery surrounding Zibby and her four friends. When an unlikely ghost arrives Zibby has to pull out all her detective skills and will. She battles raging ghosts. Some good and some bad. And to think that it all started with a little girl named Primrose along with her governess Miss Honeywell. By the way, thats Sweet Miss Honeywell to you!

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