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The House on the Gulf

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,991 Ratings  ·  262 Reviews
[If only] Bran would stop acting weird....Probably he had a perfectly reasonable explanation for everything.

I just couldn't imagine what it would be.

When Britt's older brother, Bran, lands a summer job house-sitting for the Marquises, an elderly couple, it seems like a great opportunity. Britt and Bran have moved to Florida so their mother can finish college, and the house
ebook, 208 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Gracie G.
Mar 07, 2013 Gracie G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brittany wants to find out why her brother is acting so suspicious, but she doesn’t want him to know, so she goes behind his back to figure out what he’s up to. In the book, House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Brittany and her older brother Bran recently moved to Florida for their mom’s college. Bran got them a house-sitting job where they can live over the summer. Recently, Brittany has been noticing that Bran has been acting very suspicious..

“Bran! What are you doing?” I shrieked.

Jan 06, 2013 6cayleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I learned from this book?
I learned that every choice you make effects the people around you.

Bran, Britt, and their mother moved to Florida so their mother can get an education. Through out the book Bran is house sitting for the Marquises, an older couple. Except he is acting weird, and Britt thinks he's hiding something. With their mother at school during the day Britt has to figure out what Bran is hiding. During this book you will come to some very surprising things. Also there is many
Matt Thompson
Feb 27, 2014 Matt Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The house on the gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix is about a thirteen year old girl named Britt Lasseter. When Britt's older brother, Bran gets to house sit for an elderly couple during the summer, the lasseters' lives have changed. Since Britt, Bran, and their mother have always lived on the streets, this would be the summer of a lifetime for the family. But once they move into the house, Bran starts acting very suspicious, not touching anything inside or outside the house, making sure everythi ...more
Quick Book Summary:

Bran invited his family to live with him in the Marquises while he house-sitted for them. Bran started acting weirder and weirder about the house. Britt found out that the Marquises are really her mom's parents and their grandparents. In the end Bran searched the wrong Marquises and almost went to jail for it! After everything was over they got to live with Mrs. and Mr. Stuldy.

I gave the book three stars because I thought it was an interesting yet confusing book. I also liked
Oct 11, 2010 Rose rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young readers who want a page turner
Recommended to Rose by: Public Library
Margaret Peterson Haddix's "The House on the Gulf" presents an interesting premise from the perspective of a girl who thinks her brother has something to hide. Britt is an average almost-thirteen girl living with her older brother and her mother, who attends college. Britt's brother, Bran, lands a job house sitting for a family that's out of town. It sounds like a good deal, and almost too good to be true for the family who isn't used to having such accommodations. But as Bran's behavior becomes ...more
Oct 24, 2011 02jessicar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was something about this house that made bran weird. Every page of 201 pages were full of mystery and something new about the house that made bran weird. Margey petterson haddix did a great job with this book. The problem in this book is that bran doesn't want to lie. She is keeping so many Secrets from people that she just wants to explode. The book can be amagined how ever you want it to look like in anytime. Britt is the narrator. Her real name is brittany but she doesn't like that nam ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Tati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 23, 2007 Kewpie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Every author is entitled to one or two stinkers. So even after reading this, I can still be a loyal fan of Margaret Peterson Haddix.

I don't like reading a mystery book when I can figure out the "big mystery" on page six. It was painfully obvious and it was agonizing reading the protagonist being so clueless.

If anyone beside Margaret Peterson Haddix had written the book, I would have stopped reading by the end of the chapter. But because she has never let me down, I kept on reading, hoping to fi
Dec 06, 2012 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-6-group
Bran, Britt and mom Becky spend their summer house sitting for an elderly couple in Florida. From the start, things do seem quite right with the arrangement. Bran hides away all of the owners' personal possessions and is keen to keep Britt and his mom in the dark about his reasons. Britt, bored and confused decides to take a job running errands for the other elderly neighbors. She slowly discovers that their reasons for being there are tied to her mother's troubled familial past.

Very slow unrav
Lindsay Castor
Jun 17, 2016 Lindsay Castor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lorraine Montgomery
In The House on the Gulf , 16-year-old Bran thinks he has the solution to all his family's problems. His mother wants to be a doctor and has struggled to obtain her high school diploma part time in order to enter university but the reality of that dream is a long way off. Until Bran tells her about a scholarship programme Gulfstone University in Florida has for single mothers. At first, she and Bran's 12-year-old sister, Britt, are skeptical but Bran has worked everything out. However, things d ...more
Oct 23, 2015 Savannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I have just started reading some of Margaret Peterson Haddix's books I am already hooked. I love how The house on the gulf gives it a realistic and strange feeling about what might happen. In the first few pages it was slow but once they got farther into the book it started getting more and more suspenseful. You wouldn't know what might of happened, giving it a surprising story. I love how the main character of the story tries and tries to know what is happening trying everything she ca ...more
Nick Brabham
Oct 23, 2015 Nick Brabham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book The House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix was a very interesting book. The way that it made you want to turn the page and read more was magnificent. This book is about a girl named Britt who's family had just recently moved to Florida because Britt's mom was pursuing a college scholarship to become a doctor. While in Florida Britt's brother Bran landed a job house sitting for an older couple for the summer. The family then moves into the house and Bran begins to act suspicious. ...more
Allie Blake
Apr 09, 2015 Allie Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-13-25
One summer, Britt and her family move into a new house rent-free on a quaint quiet street in Florida. Her brother Bran, scored the house for the summer by offering to mow the neighbor’s lawn for the summer while the homeowners, the Marquis leave for New York for the summer. The day of the Britt and her Family’s arrival Bran acts fidgety and strange when he introduces Britt to Mr. Marquis before his departure. After the Marquis leaves and Britt’s family moves in Britt notices a change in the hous ...more
Nov 06, 2008 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Margaret Peterson Haddix
Recommended to Mandy by: No one, i love Margaret Haddix's book, so i found this book
i really love this book. it was about a girl, who have a grandmother that kicked her mother out of her house because she ran away with her father. And her brother was trying to make up to her mom by moving in to their grandparent's house but without telling the grandparent when they are in a trip. But at the end, they found out that it was not their mother's REAL parents!!! so WHO are their grandparents??? How did the brother mix their grandprents with other? READ the book to find out.=D
Maddie Duran
Oct 15, 2015 Maddie Duran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The house on the gulf was a really great book! Every sentence in the book is filled with suspense and it always keeps you wanting to know what comes next. Like when the characters solve one problem, another one will always pop up and you just have to know what happens. The word choice is also very good and strong, it helps you understand the story better.

It has really unique and special characters, you are told every detail about them and I really felt connected to them when they were dealing w
Jun 26, 2015 Barb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a sweet book. It shows a whole family, who has been estranged from their extending family, pulling together to take care of each other. The two kids made sacrifices and moved so that their mom would be able to go back to school. The brother arranged a nice house for them to live in. He had a motive for choosing that particular house, but he made a mistake. The sister is doing her best to keep busy, make money and stay happy even though she is suspicious of her brother. She made som ...more
Sarah Crawford
Britt and Bran are brother and sister. Their mother is divorced and wants very much to be a doctor. The problem is a lack of money. So Bran is able to convince her mother to move down to Florida for the summer and house-sit while the owners are off vacationing. This would give the family a decent place to live while the mother goes head to college.

One of the major problems with the book, though, is that fact that, for around three-fourths of it, you know at least one of the “twists” that's going
Stacey Hoffman
Sep 29, 2008 Stacey Hoffman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The House on the Gulf, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is a young adolescent mystery novel. It is appropriate for children in fourth through sixth grades.

This book is set in Florida and is about Britt, her brother Bran, and their mother, Becky Lassiter. This family of three struggles with money because Mrs. Lassiter can only work part-time waitressing because she is trying to go back to school to become a doctor. The family gets a big break over the summer when Bran is offered a house-sitting job
House on the Gulf By Margaret Peterson Haddix is a fictional story with 201 pages. One of my favorite characters is Brittany. Brittany is a 12 year old girl who has just moved to Florida. House on the Gulf starts out with Brittany reaching sunny view highs the apartment she shares with her 16 year old loving brother Bran and her mother Becky who is attending College. Her brother had just promised to take her to meet the people they are about to house sit for. When they reach their destination he ...more
Clearly not one of my favorite books by Margaret Petersen Haddix. This book did not have the intensity that she has had through out the other books that I have read of hers. The House on The Gulf is a story of a young boy named Bran and his sister Britt. Bran has been mowing lawns for a family in Florida and comes home one day to tell his mom and sister that he has been asked to house sit for the older couple while they go to New York for the summer. His family is so excited since they could bar ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ms. Yockey
Apr 01, 2012 Ms. Yockey marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries-2012
School Library Journal (October 1, 2004)
Gr 5-8-Twelve-year-old Britt's older brother has helped watch over the family for as long as she can remember. So when Bran tells Britt and her mother that he's convinced a family to let them house-sit for the summer, no one questions the arrangement. This house-sitting job will give their mother the chance to go to school full time and try to get a scholarship to finish. However, when they move in, Bran starts acting strange, and Britt discovers that the
Oct 01, 2012 7olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becky Lassiter lives with her two children, Britt and Bran, in a run down apartment complex in Pennsylvania. When Bran lands a house sitting job for the Marquises, an elderly couple in Florida, it seems like a great opportunity. With the income from Bran’s job at the Shrimp Shack and the house sitting, she is able to take college classes full time. Everything seems perfect, but Britt knows something is wrong. Bran starts acting suspicious and defensive. Britt decides to investigate and finds tha ...more
Maria Clara
Jan 17, 2014 Maria Clara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the book The House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This book takes place in Florida and it's about a girl named Brit. Brit, her brother Bran, and her mom had to move to florida so their mom could finish college. Brit's mom could barely pay for their tiny home, so they were exited to find out that Bran got a house sitting job. With Bran's new job their mom could quit her job and take classes full time. Living in that house for the summer was great, until Brit found out t ...more
Mar 17, 2009 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jackie by: NIkitha G.
Britt Lassiter, 12 lives in the shadow of her perfect brother, Bran, 16. They are the children of Becky Lassiter, who at 33, looks and acts like a kid herself at times. Becky was disowned by her parents for marrying at 17 and running away. They've fallen on hard times most of their lives and struggle to make ends meet. Becky dreams of being a doctor, and perfect Bran has found a way to make it happen. He miraculously gets a job house-sitting during the summer for the elderly couple he does lawn- ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Savannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The House on the Gulf wasn't Margaret Peterson Haddix's best works. I thought what would happen in that house,story would be more interesting.. Not just their mom's "parents" they thought lived there. Her parents disowned her now she has had a hard life. I think authors play that card a lot. Lets make the mom defenseless and the children have to carry the weight on their shoulders. Mesmerizing isn't it? At least some authors add more meat to the story. Its a pretty mopey story. A twelve year old ...more
At first, the build-up was too repetitive: Britt really does spend a lot of time asking herself, "Why is Bran acting like this?" before actually piecing together her brother's behavior. Despite this initial lackluster method of establishing suspense, Haddix eventually delivers enough of a "twist" that I can recommend this book for young readers who enjoy mysteries. However, make sure you give this book to a dedicated young reader-- lest the protagonist's initial cluelessness bore him or her befo ...more
Gianna Douglas
Dec 12, 2014 Gianna Douglas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book It is so mysterious and you can't figure out what is going to happen next. Brit and Bran have a single mother that has a dream to become a doctor. When she was in highschool her parents thought it was stupid and laughed at her. She ends up finding a single mother college, where single moms finish college. Bran gets house sitting job that is not what it seems. Why is Bran acting weird. Bran would never tell a lie and always was protective over his family. Bran's job doesn't seem ...more
Araya Swinehart
This book was pretty good a little hard to follow at times but I kept up.
What happens when your brother lands an amazing unexpected job house sitting in the gulf? But what if that's not what it really is at all? Jump on and ride along through these unexpected twist and turns.
Haddix is honestly an amazing author! Most of her books give you a whole new outlook on things. check out some of her other thrilling books.
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more
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