Book Review: Took, A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Oct 17

Daniel and his sister Erica, along with their mother and father move to rural West Virginia.  Life is turned upside down for the family.  Mom and dad had stable jobs; they lived in a nice home in a well to do community.  Now, they live in a run down farm house.  Daniel and Erica are completely out of place at school.

 

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One day Daniel hears a story about a witch named Old Auntie and a girl that disappeared years ago from the same farmhouse he now lives in.  Strange things soon start happening.  Erica receives a mysterious doll.  She retreats to her room, staying alone with just the doll.   Mom and dad become unhappy. Dad shuts himself in his work room to play video games on his computer.  Mom is tired and has fits of anger.  Home cooked meals and the plans to renovate the house are replaced with cheap take out pizza and a constant mess.   Mom and dad don’t seem to care anymore.  Erica only talks to her doll.  The kids at school tease Daniel. Everything is a mess for Daniel.

And then, the unthinkable happens.  Erica disappears, and Daniel is blamed for not taking better care of her.  Daniel has to decide if the stories about Old Auntie are true or not.  If they are true, Daniel must risk everything to save his sister.

If you like creepy ghost stories, you’ll love “Took, A Ghost Story.