The prose is solid, and the description enhances a sense of atmosphere without being too wordy.
The characters have the level of simplicity you would expect from a Middle Grade level book, but they are still believable and act like someone of their age and personal experience. My only complaint would be with the digital conversion of the ebook. The version I checked out from Overdrive is full of OCR conversion typos that were never proofread by the publisher.
There are lots of reoccurring errors like "eves" for "eyes", "Up" for "lip", and garbled punctuation. And this isn't the first ebook I've borrowed recently that had these typos. I really wish that publishers would check their scans before putting these things out. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Mary Downing Hahn's books are hit and miss for me. Some of them are good, and some are just horrible.
This one was a hit.
I loved the story, or should I say stories, which in the end weave together. I didn't like Mrs. Cooper in the beginning, she was mean, grumpy and I really didn't understand why should would rent her top floor to a mother and child, when she hates children.
I also disliked how she complained about everything the kids did. Instead of just I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Instead of just talking to them normally, explaining things, she shouted and threatened with evicting the mother and kid. The book wasn't that creepy, it was a bit spooky, but no big scares happen. Overall, a good book, and I would recommend it to everyone. Sep 09, Selena Gayles rated it it was amazing. It's about a little girl named ashley, and she and her friend go in miss.
And as there digging they see this white cat just standding there looking at them. And ashley calls the cat and he comes to her and likes her. So they go back to digging and they found a box but ashley and her friend are a little scard to open it but ashley stilled, and in side of it was a old pritty doll.
Ashley and her friend wants to ceep it but thinks they should ceep it in the garden, in it's box. And latter that night there was going to be a storm and ashle was scard for the doll and so she when to go get it and decides to ceep it in her room with out telling her friend. And latter that night she see's the white cat again and she fallows him and she found out that the cats name is snowball and so she fallows snowball and she's in like this other world and like it rilly old and creepy. There's this little girl who is sitting down on a bench and looks u and see ashley and said hello.
She seemed very friendly. So thay tald for a little and the little girl had to go. And the snowball took her back to her house. The nex day ash's friend whent to go check on the doll and see's that it is not there and goes to tell ash but latter on after talking to asg she finds out that ashley had it the hole time, and gets mad and latter that day she tell's miss.
And her mom made her give it back to her and was not happy about it. Latter that day she goes up to her friend and said do u reallise what you have done.
And she explanes to her friend what she all that night and latter that night she took her to go see the gost and she was so made the nex day that she told miss. So they had a nice long tolk with miss. And the little girl was happy, and went to heven peacely. And the nex night ashley had a dream that she was playing in the garden with her doll anna. Nov 02, Kelly added it Shelves: childrens , collected , read. Reread It's clear why the book is so memorable and is considered a classic amongst people of a certain age: it's well-written, centers around a living ghost story, and stars a protagonist who is new to the neighborhood and is feeling alienated and out-of-sorts since her dad died.
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The story is incredibly imaginative. I'd love to know how Mary Hahn came up with the concept of a doll shared between two girls at two different times, and which caused a lifelong bitterness in Carrie Miss Cooper Reread It's clear why the book is so memorable and is considered a classic amongst people of a certain age: it's well-written, centers around a living ghost story, and stars a protagonist who is new to the neighborhood and is feeling alienated and out-of-sorts since her dad died. I'd love to know how Mary Hahn came up with the concept of a doll shared between two girls at two different times, and which caused a lifelong bitterness in Carrie Miss Cooper.
Reading it as an adult, it's a subtle reminder of what we all know so well: that the things which occur in childhood have a lasting impact on our lives and form and shape the very people we become, our fears, our vulnerabilities, our likes and dislikes - including the stories we read and the characters with whom we grow up.
While the story didn't knock my socks off I more appreciated rather than enjoyed it , my memories of the book from childhood were instantaneous. And seeing the cover, with Anna Maria and Snowball, I was knocked back something years. I love that feeling. What a rush of memories.
I had completely forgotten about this book, but just catching a glimpse at the title, the story came crashing back to me. I can't wait to reread this one. And I'm pleasantly surprised at how many reviews it has on GR; I thought it was obscure! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was about a girl about Ashley,her and her mom moved too another town because her dad died,he had cancer and they wanted too away because they had so many memories of him.
Apr 19, Linda Lipko rated it it was ok. Purchased at the local library sale table for. Attempting to read my huge stash of books before purchasing more, I happened to grab this off the shelf. When Ashlee and her mother move to the upstairs apartment of a bitter, nasty elderly woman, Ashlee roams the back yard gardens while her mother types away, preparing to finish her education in order to support the family.
Finding a play mate, together they discover a Victorian doll buried in the wood Purchased at the local library sale table for. Finding a play mate, together they discover a Victorian doll buried in the woods. As both children hear cries of a young girl during the night, Ashlee travels deep into the woods to discover a very ill girl who lived and died a long, long time ago.
Through a series of visits, Ashlee and her friend learn that the doll was taken by her friend and she would like to reclaim it. The girls put the pieces together to learn that the bitter landlady was the long-ago friend who took the doll. This is a story of grief and redemption. As Ashlee allows the tears to flow for her father who died of cancer, the landlady visits the woods, goes back in time and not only returns the doll, but has the opportunity to say goodbye to her friend who died of consumption.
Again, nothing earth shattering, but I can claim that one more book is off the tbr pile, and will be given away to the library where I purchased it.
Apr 12, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: children-s-book. I got this book about 14 years ago and I finally read it! I think as a child I would've had a love hate relationship with this book. I loved ghost stories and mysteries, and this book fulfills that part well, but the ending I think would've left me depressed. It gives children a more realistic approach to death of a loved one.
One of the beloved characters dies expectedly but there's no magic that turns back the clock to cure her. I think it might do well for those children who have faced deat I got this book about 14 years ago and I finally read it! I think it might do well for those children who have faced death of a loved one and help them to understand that those around them are going through the same steps of grieving as they are, and that those who have passed on, are no longer in pain and are happy where they are and they want us to move on with our lives and be happy as well.
May 12, Cecilia rated it it was amazing. This book is just as beautiful as I remember, it really captures your attention and makes you love the characters. Nov 01, Steffani Schoonveld rated it liked it. This was kind of an interesting horror story, that didn't fully understand. It wasn't the best I have read, but it was pretty good.