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The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  3,471 ratings  ·  482 reviews
When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents' death.
But Florence doesn't expect the ghost of her cousin S
ebook, 160 pages
Published September 6th 2010 by Clarion Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lauren Scanlon I partly agree with Danny. It is very intense in the middle - end, but I think it is pretty scary.
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Lauren Fidler
i love mary downing hahn for creating my most favorite childhood book wait till helen comes and was hoping to begin gathering some of her other efforts for fiona's library, but this one is just disappointing.

imagine, if you will, The Secret Garden, Turn of the Screw, Jane Eyre, and the last scene from the movie Carrie and you'll pretty much have this one all taken care of.

there is nothing new under the sun, but there is at least some effort, usually, in masking it. here, we have the story of flo
Emily Theroux
I thought that this was a good book. I finished it in two days becouse it was so good and I just couldnt stop reading. In this book a girl named Florence is an orphan, and then her uncle takes her in. At her new home she finds out that her cousin Sophia died not to long ago. Then she finds that her cousin James is sick and she cant even go into his room. Then she starts to see Sophia even though she is dead. Sophia tells Florence that she can wear her old dress and she even does her hair, then ...more
Dec 23, 2011 Joshua rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zach
Recommended to Joshua by: Saleema
Shelves: young-adult
This is a classic ghost story about a young orphan Florence who struggles to transition from an orphanage in the city, to a large house in the country. The house is owned by her great aunt and uncle. Her uncle is overjoyed to have a new member of the family and treats her with kindness. Her aunt still cries about Sophia's death and is always comparing Florence to Sofia. The last member of the house is a young boy by the name of James. He is Florance's cousin and is very sick. He has never left h ...more
Another stop on my tour of middle grade horror...

I wasn't a fan of this one. To be blunt, the plot was flat, the storytelling was lazy, and the characters were annoying. I particularly hated the ghost. I realize she was supposed to be a brat, but it was done in such a way that if she haunted me, I'd be irritated instead of scared when she showed up in my room at night.

The author clearly intended for this to be a grand homage to all the classic Gothics and ghost stories and to hammer this point
Alethea A
Jun 01, 2010 Alethea A rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alethea by: netgalley
Creepy, but ultimately unspectacular. I don't know if this counts as historical fiction, as there is little in the way of history other than author name-dropping (Dickens, Bunyan, etc.) But I am almost entirely sure that if I were 8 years old and reading this book, I would be sleeping with the lights on.
This truly is a much more traditional Victorian ghost story and I loved it! While it very much carried a Secret Garden element do it with the sickly brother never coming out of his room, that's pretty much where the similarities end.

Florence is stuck in a conundrum, having left her friends at the orphanage to be alone in an old house with a rather doting uncle and an aunt that hates her, not to mention a cousin she never sees and a dead cousin that won't leave her alone. She has no one to compla
Twelve-year-old orphan, Florence is looking forward to leaving Miss Medley’s orphanage to start her new life with her aunt and uncle at Crutchfield Hall. It’s bound to be an improvement over the orphanage. Yet though her uncle is genial enough, the rest Crutchfield Hall is a rather gloomy place inhabited by her uncle, an irritable aunt, James, her ailing cousin, and a ghost. The ghost is James’ sister Sophia. Sophia hunts Crutchfield after her accidental death. Sophia, spoiled, selfish, and crue ...more
Lydia Presley
This was a very short (132 pages) ghost story that had quite a few tried-and-true methods of scaring the living bejeebus out of a person like me. Recently I've been diving into the more tame horror novels and all I can say is I'm glad I read this one in the light of day.

The story begins with a setting very similar to The Secret Garden. Girl (Florence) arrives at a creepy large house, taken in by her older Aunt and Uncle and has a sick boy cousin hidden away in his room. The similarities really e
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I actually wanted to give this one 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed the setting of the story and the characters more than the plot itself. Florence Crutchfield arrives at her uncle's house from the orphanage where she has lived for the past 7 years to find an aunt who doesn't want her there, a sickly, bed-ridden cousin, and the mean, vengeful ghost of her cousin Sophia, who is out to harm her sickly brother James. I have a few problems with the story. First, once Florence arrives she seems to go for days ...more
Logan Feltz
The book The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a very good book on my part. The main character of this book is a twelve year old boy by the name of Florence that has spent the past seven years of her life in the orphanage. She had then moved to her great uncle's country estate thinking life would be better. She didn't think it was so great when she runs into her cousin (Sophia's) ghost. Sophia was always jealous of her brother and is now trying to influence Florence to kill him.

I would recommend thi
Alexis Flores
In this horrifying/scary story, you will find that this book is kind of different than other scary stories that you've maybe read. Even though this book gave me goosebumps at some point, I still liked this book.
This story takes place in the nineteenth century, at Florence's (the main character) great uncle's manor. The setting is important because it helps set the mood of the story.
A twelve year old orphan, Florence boards a horse drawn coach in London, she's looking to start new with her grea
Florence has lived at an orphanage since the deaths of her parents, but now she learns that she has an uncle who has sent for her. When she arrives, however, she discovers that she looks very similar to Sophie, her cousin who died just a year earlier. Her Aunt says Florence will never be as good as Sophie, and Sophie's brother James won't even come out of his room. Then Florence begins to sense Sophie's presence around her...

I always have high hopes for Mary Downing Hahn's books based on my memo
Bionca Giannetti
In The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall I felt the plot was somewhat similar to the plot of Deep, Dark, and Dangerous, being the main characters trying to solve a mystery to lay a malicious spirit to rest. My favorite character was Florence's great uncle because he seemed to keep the peace in the old manor house even when the great aunt is intent on sending her off. I personally wouldn't call it "spine tingling" as a synopsis of the book described it. I would recommend it to those who aren't really int ...more
Charlyn  Trussell
Hahn isn't a stranger to readers of ghost stories but in this books she tells an English manor ghost story. Young Florence has spent most of her life in a home for orphaned girls but an unknown great-uncle has traced her whereabouts and wishes her to come live with him at Crutchfield Hall. Florence looks forward to leaving the austerity of the home, but Crutchfield Hall does not welcome here as she'd envisaged. Arriving in a rainstorm and having had to walk a good ways from the road to the manor ...more
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a short haunting story, that reminded me a little bit of Northanger Abbey. The dark road to the house and the exterior of it had a familiar touch which I adored.

Florence is a young girl who lives in a orphanage, but one day out of the blue she’s going to live with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall. At Crutchfield Hall she finds out that she isn’t allowed to see her cousin James and feels that someone is haunting the place. It’s up to Florence to stop

In Victorian times, Florence is rescued from the orphanage by her rich Great-Uncle Tom, and goes to live in his country manor, Crutchfield Hall. There she discovers that her cousin James is an invalid, bedbound and confined to his room.

So far it's The Secret Garden, but wait!

Great-Uncle Tom's sister, the Bible-thumping Great-Aunt Eugenie, loathes and abominates the newcomer because how could Florence ever match Eugenie's darling, James's big sister Sophia, who fell off the roof to her death a ye
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This book is targeted to 9-12 year olds, and I think that's a good audience for the story.
Set in 19th century England, readers are introduced to Florence right away as she travels to Crutchfield Hall to live with a great aunt and uncle she never knew about. Florence had been living in a London orphanage since she was 5 years old, and was excited about having a family. She was sad to hear that of her two cousins, Sophia had died in an accident and her younger brother James was too sickly to play.
Jul 26, 2011 Cindy added it
Shelves: childrens-reads
This book is set during the 19th Century in England. The book opens in a truly scary fashion. The story begins with a stormy night and a very creepy looking old house. Florance is a orphan living under the care of Miss Medeycoate’s and then she discovers she has a great uncle and great aunt who live in Crutchfeild Hall. Her uncle sends for her and is delighted to have her staying with them, but the aunt is not. Florance looks a lot like her cousin Sophia who died in a tragic accident. She also d ...more
I really enjoyed this story, it focuses on Florence who thinks she has no family until one day out of the blue she gets invited to stay with her uncle.

She goes to Crutchfield Hall full of excitment, in the hope that her cousin James will be a play partner, someone she can go exploring the countryside with. Instead she finds his dead sisters ghost, Sophia, Sophia wants revenge. She believes James killed her and wants to get her own back and make him suffer or worse. It is up to Florence to try a
Sarah W
Set in England – 1884
Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? Laughing at you? Following you? But when you turn to look for someone you find that you are alone? Do you ever think that you see things? Things that aren’t there when you look again? Perhaps you experience other things that you cannot explain? A cold breeze maybe or a cold touching your face? Well if you did then you wouldn’t be alone - Florence experiences all of this and more in The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall.

Let's get this out of the way first: The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a very short book. My copy comes in at 153 pages with sizable margins, making it a very quick, tightly-crafted read. The story is, at times, understated, relying heavily on atmosphere to create tension, true to the older stories it pays tribute to. The book actually makes references to some of them, and while these references will likely fly over the head of the YA audience it's marketed to (or, more truthfully, middle-grade), ...more
The Ghost of Cruchfield Hall

Written by: Mary Downing Hahn

Review by: Ashley Kelley

The Ghost of Cruchfield Hall takes place in 1884. It all starts when Florence Cruchfield gets adopted by her uncle and moves to his house called Cruchfield Hall. She was an orphan because her parents died in a boating accident when she was five.When she first got there she was warmly greeted by her sweet uncle. But automaticly hated by her aunt for no reason. Her uncle told her that her cousin James was upstairs
Mary Downing Hahn was the author of my childhood nightmares. Her books, especially Wait Till Helen Comes, terrified be as a child. The only time in my entire life that my mother limited the content of my reading was to not allow me to read her Hahn's books after dark.

It was with this background that I picked up The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall, expecting to be scared. And I wasn't. It's not that I'm so grown-up now or so desensitized by years of scary books and movies that I hadn't been in late el
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A perfect middle grade novel for students who love mystery and suspense, but have moved out of the Goosebumps phase! I have been looking for one of these for a while.

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a chilling story of a young girl's untimely death, and the vengeance she seeks against her brother. Set in London, the story follows Florence, who has just come to live with her Uncle after being rescued from an orphanage. Florence, James and Sophia all come to life on the pages so very well. It will
Tiffany Neal
I have mixed feelings about the book because although I enjoyed it and I think that my students will definitely enjoy it, the beginning was a slow start, and I felt the book did not end in the right spot.

The book has an interesting twist considering that it takes place in the late 1800's. It picks up pace by page 35 and truly kept me turning the pages to find out what happens, but then when the climax happens it's semi anti-climactic and predictable. I'm also a firm believer that the end should
Florence Cruchfield, a twelve-year-old orphan, is going to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in the family's rambling 16th century estate. Her uncle receives her with open arms, but her aunt's reception is chilly, at best, and she isn't even allowed to see her ailing cousin. Not long after Florence arrives at Crutchfield Hall, she starts experiencing strange things: Cold spots, disembodied laughter, a non-existent hand grazing her face. By questioning her family members and the household sta ...more
Ms. Yingling
In Victorian England, Florence is rescued from life in an orphanage by a great-uncle, who invites her to live at the family's country home. There is a great-aunt as well, but she is mean and prefers Sophia, Florence's cousin who died a year ago. The aunt blames Sophia's brother, James, for the death. Little does the family know how evil Sophia was, and how evil she continues to be while she is haunting Crutchfield Hall. Sophia starts to control Florence, with the intention of killing James, who ...more
This book captured my attention from the beginning, but for the first 1/2 of the book it had too close of a resemblance to The Secret Garden. An ill boy, James, lives in an estate, confined to his room in a forbidden part of the house. An orphaned cousin, Florence, comes to live in Crutchfield Hall, has a free, excited spirit and just wants to befriend James. Both stories also have a gardener/grounds keeper and house keeper who know too much and try to help the girl and obey the master's orders. ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Even though The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall was written for children aged 9 and up, it was so chilling and suspenseful that this middle-aged woman was glad that I "read" it in the version in a van full of six people in broad daylight! The terrifying ending made me jump!

Don't be put off by the knowledge that this is kid lit. Adults will thoroughly enjoy Mary Downing Hahn]'s well-crafted 19th century ghost tale. If anything, I think this short novel is just too scary for most elementary-
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