The Girl in the Locked Room: A Ghost Story

By: Mary Downing Hahn

Jules and her family are living on the Oak Hill property while her father restores the house, and Jules thinks something terrible happened there. Her sense of foreboding turns to fascination after she sees a ghostly face in the window.

ISBN: 9781328850928

JLG Release: Oct 2018


Sensitive Areas: Mention of domestic violence
Topics: Ghosts , Friendship , Extrasensory perception , Fate and fatalism , Haunted houses , Family life , Virginia , Girls and women

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The story opens with a girl locked in an attic room. She doesn’t know who she is, why she’s there, or how long she has occupied the house. Time marches on, and the girl becomes a fainter and fainter presence, until twelve-year-old Jules moves in to the house with her family. Jules is, once again, the new kid in town, and once again longing for The story opens with a girl locked in an attic room. She doesn’t know who she is, why she’s there, or how long she has occupied the house. Time marches on, and the girl becomes a fainter and fainter presence, until twelve-year-old Jules moves in to the house with her family. Jules is, once again, the new kid in town, and once again longing for some kind of permanence. But this new setting proves unsettling as Jules (and at first only Jules) begins seeing the girl and visions of the past. Through alternating chapters, readers discover that the girl is a ghost and that she’s been hiding for one hundred and fifty years. Jules gets glimpses of the girl’s post–Civil War life, of her loving family, and of the danger they faced in their own time. Ever the librarian, author Hahn weaves a little reader’s advisory into her tale, linking the girls’ task with Diana Wynne Jones’s Chrestomanci series. Less sophisticated and suspenseful than Hahn’s last novel (One for Sorrow, rev. 5/17), this ghost story is successful in exploring its dual plots: one of a young girl who wants to stay where she is, and the other of a girl who wants to move on. betty carter

Book Details

ISBN

9781328850928

First Release

October 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

Page Count

200

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.3; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.7; Points: 9;

Lexile

Level HL650L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Clarion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mention of domestic violence

Topics

Ghosts, Friendship, Extrasensory perception, Fate and fatalism, Haunted houses, Family life, Virginia, Girls and women,

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