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Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Ghost Story

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  653 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
Zibby Thorne doesn't know what possessed her to buy an antique dollhouse--she doesn't even like dolls. But when her friends and family start having bizarre accidents clearly connected to the dollhouse, she can't ignore the menacing structure any longer.

Zibby is sure that one particularly creepy doll in a gray dress is somehow responsible for the trouble. She discovers the
Paperback, 444 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published June 1st 2004)
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Nov 24, 2008 Camila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Camila by: Sydney
I'm convinced my library's copy of the book is cursed or something. REALLY! This book freaked me out so much ((not what happened in the book, but what happened TO the book and me))

---3 years ago: The book had been lost for longer than a week, and I had no idea where it was. My teacher kept calling out my name for over due books. It was embarrassing. Then one evening, my mom was walking my sister and I to the bakery. We had our food and everything picked out at the cash register when she realiz
Jun 10, 2009 Juhi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-read
Zibby Thorne knows there's something wrong with the shabby dollhouse she bought for her twelfth birthday. She hears strange rustling and ringing noises when there's no one else in the room, and one of the dolls never seems to be in the same place she left it. Most frightening of all, whatever make-believe Zibby plays with the dolls comes true--but in a warped, twisted kind of way.

So when her family and friends start having bizarre accidents, Zibby is certain the dollhouse is somehow responsible.
Apr 10, 2015 Libby rated it really liked it
I remember reading this book back in elementary school, and for some reason, I got really into it. I never was (and still am) a huge fan of ghost stories or the horror/thriller genre in general. As an 8,9, and 10 year old, this book was more of the scary type and was not something I ever thought I would pick up. However, there was something about it that made me want to keep reading. I was hooked on the suspense and just needed to finish it. Every time I got bored with life, I would always go ba ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Leigha rated it it was amazing
"Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Ghost Story," is a very engaging book. It grabbed me from the first page and pulled me along for the ride until I was at the end. It was one of those books that you do not quite want to end. Though this had a very good conclusion and there were no loose ends.

The main characters feel real, upbeat and fun. They are girls around 11 and 12 and they sure feel like realistic kids. The way the author writes them made me long to be a kid again and experience the fun of
Jan 17, 2014 Camy rated it really liked it
If somebody gave you a doll house would u take it?what if its haunted...would you still take it? His book will scare you and be there when you go to sleep. The gene for this book is person vs.supernatural fighting a ghost from the past is supernatural.this book gave me the shivers when I read it.i confused me a little but I got the hold of it once it started to show some awnser on what happend during the past.

The setting of this book is in the past the book 2005 but in some they have
Jan 02, 2008 Joanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
OMG, this is one of the best books I've ever read, I'm not even kidding! I can't really remember much of it though since I read it like, two years ago. But I DO remember that it was amazing! Now I gotta go read it again! ;D
Jul 07, 2010 Xina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans
I miss this book! I don't own it, I wish I did!! This story involves a doll house withe the "ghost" of a girl's "nanny" trapped inside a doll.
Nov 02, 2014 J rated it it was amazing
This book became a precious book for me. I really love it and I became so sad when I finished it. I guess I will always feel like this whenever I read a book intended for young readers (those books that says 12 and up or lower than that). It’s not that scary…okay maybe it was scary but not the kind of stories that will make me paranoid so much. I admit I have some issues with dolls. When I was a child, I believed that they move during the night or whenever all of the people in the house are alre ...more
Jul 24, 2009 Charlyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gr. 5 and up
Zibby can't figure out why she purchased a dollhouse for her birthday instead of the rollerblades she really wanted. It was almost as if she were possessed--and she is and so is the dollhouse. Actually she figures out the dollhouse has a ghost long before she realizes why she bought it.

After my cohort in the library read this book last year and suggested it to her daughter, it became a hot commodity among fifth grade girls. And it's so right for that age. Goodness, yes, the ghost story, but als
Nov 06, 2011 Jianne rated it really liked it
Shelves: class-library
Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Ghost Story is an unexpected read, I mean I didn't literally thought I'd read it. But because of the book promotion (Hi, Prechana!) I might as well give it a try. And how long has it been since I've last read a horror book? And as far as my memories remind me, the only horror books that I really love were Darren Shan's books, so The Saga of Darren Shan and The Demonata and boy it seemed long ago since I've finish those series.

Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Gh
Jun 21, 2009 skein rated it liked it
Shelves: ghost-stories, 3-star
My library puts certain stickers on the spine of books - so if you're looking for 'historical' or 'mystery', you look for the 'mystery' sticker, instead of wandering around reading dust jackets like a goon. It's very nice. (This book had a ghost on the spine.)

The author profile lists a number of previous books for Ms. Reiss, which surprised me, because this novel reads as a first attempt - or maybe Reiss is just not confident. So many things about this book seem to be not quite worked out. The l
Serena Ramirez
Oct 04, 2013 Serena Ramirez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
****SPOILER ALERT*** Have you ever been afraid of something so small its too rediculous for anybody to believe???Something small but very harmful...Sweet Miss Honeywells Revenge is a very intrigueing book.Its genre is mystery because its a fiction ghost story.When i first started reading this book i thought it was boring because no action was occurring,but as i read on suspence hit the story.especially when the dollhouse starts putting zibbys cousin in danger.
Zibby Thornes birthday had just pa
Mar 12, 2009 Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if you had a doll house that was haunted? What if whenever you played with it, the games you played just happened to come true in a twisted way? What if one evil looking doll popped up in unexpected places? What if you couldn't get rid of it???

Thats exactly what happens to the girl in this story. She even burns the house to get rid of it, but it still returns to the exact spot in her room.

This book is full of suspense. In the middle of the book it seems like everything's solved, but a surpr
Colin Peck
Mar 09, 2016 Colin Peck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in junior high when it was new about 11 years ago. Honestly, this book scared me as much this time as it did the first time I read it. This is the best dollhouse ghost story I have ever read. It is a well written plot that's mysterious and suspenseful. Both times I've read this book, I could not put it down. Of course, this time I had more adult things, like work, that forced me to put it down. I'll probably read it again in ten years...sort of like a certain teacher in this sto ...more
Savannah Sparks
Dec 20, 2014 Savannah Sparks rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Horror lovers, and people who like suspense
Recommended to Savannah by: Myself
Great and exciting, I love horror movies and books and this was so vivid and descriptive that it freaked me out more than some movies I've seen. Excellent characters and plot would read a thousand times more. The many issues between the characters in the books are all overcome and resolved. The book has a fantastic ending so I won't spoil it.
Mar 16, 2014 Jilane rated it it was ok
My students told me this was the scariest book they had ever read. So I decided it was worth a try. I found it corny and predictable. I had it all figured out about half way through. But I can see how a young teen, with very little life experience would find it terrifying. Glad I read, glad I'm done, glad I don't have to read it again.
Mar 21, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This book is phenomenal I read it in the 6th grade for an English project and it totally launched me in to books. Before this book I never really truly enjoyed books or reading at all. After I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to know. This book will always be my favorite.
Feb 27, 2009 Caylee rated it it was amazing
THIS book is AWeSomE i LoVe thIS boOK SOo mUCh.!!! It IS A mYSTery Book ABOUT A GHOSTLY DOLL WHO PURSUEDES THE OWNER to buy her dollhouse and then makes her life miserable.....and in the first few chapters the doll burns her moms hand....knocks over the cousin and makes her cut her head open on the bathtub ...and having her bff from far away get in a car crash with her dad on her way to visit. This is a must read FOR ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Maira rated it it was amazing
OMG ! This was the first horror story I've ever read in my whole life and this was suggested to me by my classmate who is major bookworm.
The plot was great and I had occasionally received goosebumps.
I had decided that I'm not gonna read this novel at night, cause' I'm scared OK ! However, the plot of this novel was so amazing that I waited for my family to sleep, which is 12 a.m., and after I've made sure that they were sleeping, I had closed the door of my room, turned on the lights and finish
Michael Brad.
Mar 08, 2010 Michael Brad. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is about Zibby Thorne. Zibby knows there's something wrong with the messed up dollhouse she bought for her twelfth birthday. She hears ringing noises when there's no one else in the room, and one of the dolls never seems to be in the same spot she left it. Also, her friends and family have wierd accidents all the time. Later, she figures out that one of the dolls are possessed by Miss Honeywell, a ghost. Now, she has to find out how to stop Miss Honeywell from becoming human and to ge ...more
Mar 12, 2016 RumBelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ghost-stories
I love ghost stories that revolve around dollhouses and this one was fantastic. Zibby had no idea she had purchased an antique dollhouse with history, but once she did the problems began. This house was meant to represent a real house, and the dolls that houses family. One doll in particular, Miss Honeywell was a horribly vengeful governess in real life who was determined to control people, to horrible ends, as a ghostly doll. What I liked about this book was that it had an edgy creepy, quality, ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Nemi rated it really liked it
This book was spookier than I was expecting and I really enjoyed it. The storyline was very interesting and kept me reading.
Jan 29, 2015 Sydney rated it it was amazing
i haven't finished it yet but its my favorite horror story so far in my lifetime
Michelle Robertson
Serious of my favorite books and I re read it all the time. I would recommend to anyone.
Lily Wang
Jul 10, 2014 Lily Wang rated it really liked it
Read this in middle school and was subsequently terrified of dolls forever.
Aug 01, 2014 Ciara rated it it was amazing
this bookj was crazy lol
Apr 24, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
I just felt like reading a little spooky ghost story, and I thought Kathryn Reiss really brought it :) What killed me was the review on the back, that this is an excellent addition to the haunted dollhouse genre. Who knew it was an entire genre!? I guess I missed the haunted-dollhouse-aisle at Boarders. Anyway, I felt like reading something that would have a creepy, spooky mood but not be too heavey, and this was it.
Sep 26, 2010 Whitney rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids ages 12-14
Recommended to Whitney by: A friend of mine
"Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge" is a must-read for all of those hungering for a ghost story. Filled with an intricate plot and surpising twist and turns on every page, you will not be able to put down this superb novel. Kathryn Reiss is truly a talented author. I can guarentee that "Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge" is a a perfect way to set the mood for the Halloween holdiays!
Nov 02, 2007 Preeti rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody who's at least 9 or 10 and up
This book is creepy. It has two cover designs. This one is not as creepy as the one you see in the library, or at the page. Look up Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge and it has a picture of the governess dool with a girl. This book rocks, and it scared my shoes off. I LOVE THIS BOOK. Read it... You will find alot of things to discover.
Jun 13, 2011 Rosamond rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
The book is entertaining, but is a tad long for the younger Junior Fiction reader; perhaps more to the liking of 12 - 13 year old girls. Definately a girl's book. An easy to read 'ghost story'. I liked the character development; the stresses of a young person when a close friend moves away;
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Kathryn Reiss was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Ohio, and received B.A. degrees in English and German from Duke University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. After college, she lived in Bonn, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, and during this time wrote the first draft of her first novel.

Ms. Reiss has been a Writer in Residence for the Princeton Arts Council, a re
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