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The House on the Gulf

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  2,750 ratings  ·  240 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
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Published January 4th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Gracie G.
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.

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
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
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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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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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
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
Allie Blake
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Stacey Hoffman
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
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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
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
Though I liked this on better than some others I've read of Haddix, it still wasn't my favorite of hers. I did like the life lessons taught in the book, but also thought there was too much drama. I don't know if Haddix did that on purpose or what, but I was beginning to get tired of the drama and such by the time I was halfway done with the book and then it was dramatic till the end.
When Bran tries to help his mom find a place to live for the summer, he finds him self in a sticky situation. Bran told his mom he was going to be house sitting for an elderly couple for the summer and they were going to let them live there it seemed to go to be true. When his little sister decides it is to good to be true she does some investigating of her own and you will never believe what she finds.

The situation Bran has got himself into makes for a really satisfying book. This book doesn't
Lisa Rathbun
This is a great book for the 8-12 year old audience; I even enjoyed it once I got past some chapters in the middle that seemed to be leading to a rather obvious conclusion. I should have trusted Haddix; there was a lot more to the story than the obvious thing that Britt was suspecting but confused about. There are great themes of family, love, and forgiveness. I like that the family isn't perfect; while it would be nice to have lovely memories of a loving extended family, not everyone has that. ...more
Sahar Siddiqi
I always liked Margaret Peterson Haddix's books, and this book doesn't make me feel any differently. Britt is a very curious child and a rather innocent one as well. Her brother, the do-gooder, had to be the "man of the house" ever since their dad left them. Their mom, Becky, is trying to finish college and become a doctor. Oh, and Becky's parents disowned her for marrying the guy she married.

This was a very interesting book, emotional and familial and all. I loved reading it.

There was just on
This is one of the books I would reccomend for long time readers, becuase it twists and turns in suprising ways that you can't really forsee.
Britt is a young teen just trying to have some fun. Her older brother Brandon is the responsible, stable kid, while she is the out of control one. Brandon has always been there for her, every step of the way, even when their father left them.
But there is something Britt doesn't know about Brandon, and he might not be as responsible as he seems. After t
Martin. A
For me this is one of the best books i have read, it is a suspense and also a mistery book. The book has great with the author making the main character the author. Also what i liked was how he made the climax almost at the end that was really cool. But what intrest me the most is story more than the special effects, The story is about a girl and her mother and his brother that wher left by his father and they needed money, so a family names the marquis paid them to house sit their house. Al of ...more
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J Haddix

Here's a suspenseful novel about a young gal who lives with her 16 year old brother and mother, the father left them when she was 4 years old. The mom is given a chance at a college scholarship for single moms, but the 3 must move to Florida, where the school is. Bran, the brother, finds a home where they can live for the summer since the couple who own it would be away.
Told from the girl's viewpoint, we suspect, like she, that they shouldn't really be there - something's not right - and
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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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