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The Whispering House

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  150 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Maisie Holt.

This is her book.

It's an old house, one her family plans to stay in for only a short while; but for Hannah Price, secrets soon come creeping out of every corner of Cowleigh Lodge.

First there's the old and dusty book of children's fairy tales that belonged to a young girl named Maisie. Hannah learns that the girl died mysteriously at age eleven in this very hous
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ebook, 272 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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tarawrawr
Dec 15, 2012 tarawrawr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Review originally posted http://bookalicious.org/2012/05/revie...

The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade started off as an interesting mystery that quickly delved into legit creepiness that had me turning on more lights, but unfortunately ended on a rather dull note.

First off, let me start by saying it appears that The Whispering House is a companion/sequel to another book by Rebecca Wade, The Theft and the Miracle. Which makes a whole lot of sense now because there were things referenced in The Wh
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G.C. Nash
My biggest problem with The Whispering House is in how it was advertised. If I had known there was a previous novel about Hannah Price I would have read it before this one.

However I don't believe I'll be going backwards, instead I'll just wait on what Wade may have for her readers next as I'm not sure these books are a perfect fit for me, though I enjoyed the writing and was happy enough to finish out the plot which ended up looking like a lace hanky- pretty, but ineffectual.

Answer me this, (v
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Alice
Hannah starts to have strange, intense dreams about being under a canopy of glittering green leaves with a strange, blankly staring face next to hers, when her family relocates to an old Victorian house. There, she finds a dusty book of fairy tales. The book is inscribed, "To Maisie From Your Loving Papa, Christmas 1876." Upon the discovery of Maisie Holt's gravestone in the neighborhood graveyard, Hannah finds out that Maisie died when she was only eleven years old. Hannah decides to find out w ...more
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
I received this book through the Goodreads First-Reads giveaway.

Well, this was certainly a cute book. I wasn't jumping up and down in my sit thinking that this was the greatest book in the world, but it was still really cute and had a great little mystery to it that I think kids and teens would enjoy.

I don't know how I feel about the protagonist Hannah Price, though. I mean, I didn't dislike her---she wasn't an idiot and she put two-and-two together through the course of the story. I saw another
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the golden witch.
This one was a pretty smooth and easy read, and pretty short, too. For this Halloween season, I think that "The Whispering House" has a lot going for it (even if the trope used feels a bit tired in current literature, MG/YA or otherwise), and I think it's going to do very well with the MG crowd.

I think the largest problem I had with the book was the age of protagonist (and her bff) - we're told early on that they're fourteen, but whoa, I did not see fourteen there. I saw maybe somewhere between
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Kristen
Apr 28, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
I won this book in the Goodreads First Reads giveaway, it came yesterday and I was so excited to read it.

I liked the book, it was a good premise and the characters were mostly well rounded. I didn't care for the cover art too much. If I was just browsing the shelves at the library this would not be one of the books that I picked up based on how it looked. However the story line was solid. I honestly couldn't put it down once I started. I'll admit that parts of it did creep me out a bit, but it w
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Allison Ford
Hannah's family has temporarily moved into an old, hard-to-rent house across town, and creepy things start piling up in the house. A little girl named Maisie used to live in the house, and she died as a child, perhaps killed by witchcraft. Locked rooms, an old calendar page, a book of fairy tales, bad dreams, a weirdly marked doll, poltergeist-type activities, and Hannah's own drawing of the dead girl combine to make Hannah jump and worry--and try to solve the mystery of what really happened to ...more
Andrea
May 24, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When this book came my way, I thought it would be a great opportunity for the publisher to find out what a real kid thinks about a kid's book. My 9yo niece Avery was excited to take this on for review and I am ever so grateful.

Here's Avery's review.

This book really interested me. The cover really wanted me to read it.

THE WHISPERING HOUSE was slow until the fourth chapter. The book is about a girl named Hannah Price, who stays in an old house where once another girl lived named Maisie Holt. Hann
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Elysia Jewel
Oct 20, 2015 Elysia Jewel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find it interesting. The best book I've ever had( mystery type ). I the kind of person to dislike mystery books but this one is so well-written that it enchanted me into reading it till the end. I especially like the part where Hannah/Maisie is playing scramble with Sam. And the part where everything is revealed---how she is killed.I got this creepy feeling even when I read this book in broad daylight. Love it! It's especially suitable for kids aged between 10 and 12.
Tori
Dec 03, 2012 Tori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"The Whispering House" is for readers who need a non-scary mystery book with a scientific explanation for everything. This book is part of a series, so it may be a little confusing if you haven't read the first book, which author Rebecca Wade does not mention at all. Don't be fooled by the summary on the inside cover; this book isn't as interesting as the summary makes it seem to be. Wade says that the main characters, Hannah Price, and her friend, Sam Fallon, are 14 years old, but they act like ...more
Echo
I would probably give this 3.5 stars if I could be that specific with the rating system.
It was a cute book, and I was pleasantly surprised with the ending. I was expecting something predictable, and fortunately, that's not what I got.
I could tell by reading it there must have been a previous book I'd missed out on (though I didn't see mention of a previous book anywhere on the cover), but this one stood very well on its own.
Kristin
Jun 15, 2012 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
A ghost story set in the summer is a perfect read during afternoon thunderstorms! Fourteen-year-old Hannah and her parents are forced to move into a dilapidated old house while their own home undergoes repairs. Soon Hannah realizes why tenants never stay past June of any given year; aside from the mysterious locked bedroom, Hannah is spooked by visions of the house returning to its original state, unexplained power failures, crashes and bangs from rooms that no one was in, and frightfully accura ...more
Lena
Sep 20, 2012 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quarter-one
The whispering House by Rebecca Wade was a thrilling read.It was a total page turner! I felt as if I couldn't really realte to the character in some ways but it was still a cool story.It is about a girl named Hannah who moves into a temporary house,then she starts having nightmares and drew this mysterious girl that she had never seen before.Then she found an old doll in the attic and other things that belonged to a girl who died when she was just 11 about 140 years ago.Then the house stops work ...more
Meg
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

I found the writing of this book to be a bit off and amateurish, and the storyline was not well-developed. Part of the issue could be that it was written for children and that the author is British.

I felt that the back story about Hannah and the missing statue from the church could have been great, but it was never fully explained and was only vaguely eluded to. Other parts of the story were not explained well either. Some of the descriptions were overdon
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Katherine Scott
Jul 08, 2015 Katherine Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, slightly scary, ghost story for middle grade or upper elementary readers. All plot threads were sewn up nicely, which I appreciate. One of the "clues" felt contrived, but otherwise well done.
April
Oct 27, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am pretty sure ghosts don’t get enough love any more, especially the kind that haunts, not the kind you pseudo-make out with. Y’all, when the readathon rolled around, I was totally down for a few hours with a middle grade ghost story, because I knew there would be no kissy faces, just thrills and chills. The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade is a suitably creepy read, with mild flirtation but some totally goose bump inducing scenes — particularly if you are creeped out by dolls. And frankly, I’ ...more
Birdie Reader
The first half was really good, but the second half just seemed to drag on.
Teresa
Sep 12, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story with a mystery investigated by two children.
Zahra A.
Pretty creepy for a book for a child...
Sepideh Sahebsara
Mar 03, 2014 Sepideh Sahebsara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fabulussss
Elizabeth
Sep 16, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This an amazing book! Rebecca Wade is a brilliant author!
Kassandra
May 31, 2012 Kassandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
*********Goodreads Winner**********

The book was a good read, but not something that I would usaully read. Now, the charactes are well developed and make the story cute. Although, I will admit some thing creep me out, especially the doll. Overall, the book was good and I wanted to keep reading to figure out the whole mystery behind the house, doll, and the little dead girl.
Kelani
May 28, 2012 Kelani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a free goodreads giveaway. Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. .the story line was great, characters were well developed. I felt like the book kept me interested. I wish the bit about the statues would have been explained more, I think that would have made for an interesting sub-story. Cover art could be better. Great story! !!
Ulrica
May 05, 2012 Ulrica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a giveaway, and didn't realize until I got it that it was not for my age group. I read it anyway, and it was pretty good for the age group it was written for (8-12). it was certainly interesting, and I enjoyed reading it. All in all, it's a good childrens' book (if they don't get freaked out).
Linda
Jun 25, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jfiction, youth
There is a bit of adventure, mystery and fantasy in this tale of Hannah's short stay in a haunted house. I just could not settle into where the story was set England or New England and some of the language seemed strained but generally a good story well told.
Geebowie
the was okay I guess i was excepting more of a horror story instead of a mystery. However it was nice quick little read. I also did not realize it was a sequel to another but i did not have read the other to understand what was going on.
Deena Scintilla
May 26, 2012 Deena Scintilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young teens
Recommended to Deena by: Goodreads giveaway
Shelves: mysteries, thillers, ya
Won this from Goodreads.

A nice little mystery for younger teens but not captivating enough to be a cross-over for adults. I will pass it on to a 13 yr. old I know. It also may be appropriate for her precocious 8 yr. old sister.
Karen
May 14, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won-in-giveaway
I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the book, it was an easy read. The characters were well developed and the story had a mystery to it that was suitable for a young reader.
Jennifer
Aug 22, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chi-scary
This book had really scary parts, but it turns out OK enough to be for kids. I like the firendship between the main girl adn boy character. Good for horror/ghost story fans.
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