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The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe

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Has Gabriel created a monster?

Gabe and Seth used to play make-believe games in the woods behind Seth's family farm. It was the perfect creepy landscape for imagining they were up against beasts and monsters and villains.

Just as Gabe's decided he's outgrown their childish games, though, it appears that their most monstrous creation could be real.

Is there a ghoulish man-eati
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Scholastic Press
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Jan 23, 2015 Shawn rated it really liked it
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The Haunting Of Gabriel Ashe
Dan Poblocki
This book is a horror fantasy book.

In the beginning of this book a 13 year old kid by the name of Gabriel Ashe. He was required to move in with his grandmother, who was a famous book illustrator, to a small town north of Boston with his parents due to their previous house being burnt down. Gabriel’s father is a puppeteer and his mother is just a work at home mom. When Gabriel first moved to this new town he had no friends. Near the middle of sum
Alice Z.
Dec 14, 2015 Alice Z. rated it liked it
When I first saw the 2015-2016 Lone Star List, I saw The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki and immediately thought it would be the best. Book. Ever. Unfortunately, the book definitely didn't live up to the expectations I first had.
The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe is set in Slade, Massachusetts. Gabriel recently moved to his grandmother's house after a fire destroyed his home. He soon meets Seth, his neighbor who loves hanging out in the creepy woods playing an imaginary game--the fight betwee
L Woertz
Dec 14, 2015 L Woertz rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, wjhs, fiction
The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe is a spooky story about a boy named Gabriel Ashe who is being haunted by a long dead ghost named Mason Ingram who wants to play a game. The story starts off with Gabe and his friend Seth out in the woods playing an imaginary game where there there is a beast stealing children. But after awhile the game isn't a game anymore and the angry spirit as after Gabe and Seth. As this story progresses friendship is be lost, a child stolen, and the death of a friend who saved ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it
I read this book for my English class for something we call SSR (Sustained Silent Reading). We read a different book every quarter and then have to do a review for it on here for one of the grades.
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was very well thought out and had LOTS of twists and turns that were very unexpected! It always kept me on the edge of my seat. Although the plot at times seemed like it was slow to progress throughout, it still kept your attention through some of the plot changes
Keyara Clay
Jun 04, 2014 Keyara Clay rated it really liked it
i think that this book was really good. this book was about a boy named gabe who moved into a new town and had no freinds. he moved there because his old house had a fire in his dads office and burned it all down. Gabe is sortof happy that they did because gabe was always being teased by his classmates because his dad makes puppets for a job. he soon had a friend named seth and he told him that a hunter is going to get him and that is what the rest of the book ends up with the hunter getting the ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
A modern gothic horror tale. Gabe, his parents, and his baby sister have recently moved in with his grandmother after their house burned down during the summer. She loves in a large mansion surrounded by the woods. The first person that Gabe meets is Seth, his neighbor and a strange boy who convinces Gabe to play a game where they are robber princes chasing a cannibalistic predator named the Hunter. At first, Gabe thinks the game is fun, but he quickly realizes that there's more to it than Seth ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Gabriel was picked on at school due to his father's business - making puppets. Then the house burned down and the family including his little sister, Miri, had to move in with his grandmother. But it gave him a fresh start in a new school so maybe he could avoid the name calling this time. His grandmother was an illustrator of books, particularly a series of scary books. The house was huge and there were woods right behind the house. When they settled in, Gabriel began exploring the woods. He wa ...more
Sinai C.
Jun 24, 2015 Sinai C. rated it liked it
How could you do this to me! How on earth could he do this to me TT.TT

I've been a fan of Dan Poblocki since last year, when I picked up The Ghost of Graylock. It may have been a middle school book, but the scares were on POINT!

So, I've recently went on a spree and read all of his other books too, and I left this one for last. It looked promisingly terrifying. And well, not to say that it wasn't scary--it was indeed very very creepy, but my problem with it was that (view spoiler)
Liz Friend
The story: Gabe thinks his adventures with Seth in the woods behind his house are just a game. Little does he know that the evil Hunter is more than just an imaginary enemy. Now both boys are running to keep just a step ahead of this monster from the past, trying to keep themselves, their families, and even their town safe. But the Hunter has more tricks up his sleeve that they ever imagined...

June Cleaver's ratings: Language PG; Violence PG-13; Sexual content G; Nudity G; substance abuse G; mag
Nov 03, 2014 Dominic rated it liked it
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Feb 21, 2014 Renee rated it liked it
When a game becomes real things start to get creepy and that’s exactly the case in Dan Poblocki’s most recent book, The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe. Gabe and his family have recently moved in with his grandma in her home near a dark forest. Gabe quickly becomes friends with Seth, who lives on the other side of the forest with his mom. Seth invites Gabe to play a game where they’re fighting the terrible and evil child eating creature call The Hunter to survive. While Gabe finds the game a little odd ...more
Misha Rudder
Mar 13, 2014 Misha Rudder rated it liked it
The author unintentionally did something great in this book, not only was the antagonist in this book a bad guy. So was the protagonist in many ways. For example, when Gabe was eating lunch with his popular friends, his much closer friend, Seth who wasn't popular whatsoever tried to have lunch with him, then, because of his embarrassment for being best friends with a so-called "loser" Gabe says, "No...I want to sit with you guys"(61) When saying this he is talking to the group of popular kids. T ...more
Joyce Zhuang
Dec 30, 2015 Joyce Zhuang rated it really liked it
The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki

The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe is set in a small town where Gabriel Ashe moves in with his family into his grandmother’s house after a fire burns down their previous house. The Ashe house has large woods in the back, which is where a lot of the story takes place and is centered around. Gabe meets Seth, a peculiar boy who lives on the opposite side of the woods during the summer, and the two play a made up game in which they are two “Robber Princes” and t
Rylie Walters
May 13, 2014 Rylie Walters rated it liked it
The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe follows Gabe as he and his family move in with his grandma, in a new town with a new school. Gabe's first new friend is Seth, who lives right down the hill. Seth teaches Gabe how to play a game in the woods seperating their houses, but what they uncover is shocking and unpredictable. This book will keep you turning pages with its main twists and turns. Some might say all the changes can get confusing and hard to keep up with, but it all ties together in the end. Pobl ...more
Tabitha Fabin
Apr 02, 2015 Tabitha Fabin rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named Gabriel Ashe; he moved to a new town because his old house burned down. After Gabriel moved into his house, he met a boy named Seth Hopper. They started to play a game, which is called the hunter, and bad stuff started to happen around town. Gabe and Seth are in danger. Some of Gabriel friends, Mazzy and Felicia, are also put in danger. I like this book because its creepy and scary. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes books that are scary and fast pace ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Gabbie rated it it was amazing
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Jul 07, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
If you enjoy creepy, scary stories, then you will enjoy this book. When Gabe and his family move in with his grandmother after a fire destroyed their home, he is befriended by a neighbor boy named Seth. Seth plays a fantasy game with Gabe about an evil Hunter who lives in the woods between their homes. Other kids think that Seth is odd but Gabe feels sorry for Seth, because Seth's brother, David, disappeared the year before. When strange things begin happening, the other kids blame Seth, but eve ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Heidi rated it really liked it
I'll confess right off that I found the ending of this one rather shocking, which I guess shouldn't be too surprising since it is a thriller. But the ending didn't completely satisfy me and one aspect of it really made me unhappy. The ending does fit with the story and the main character's actions but I still prefer happy endings and this book doesn't really have one. I won't say more than that because I don't want to spoil it further for those who may want to read it.

The story is well told and
May 19, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
Truly creepy. A tale with lots of plot twists, rich back story and a very surprising end. The chapters swap from "Now", "Then" and "Never" as the story develops, and when things really start to take off, these designations begin to entangle. Gabriel himself deals with the all-too real problem of middle school social order, and bullying is a theme throughout- one the author handles realistically. A ghost story, yes, but so much more. A slow start that will reward- with a bonus side of goosebumps!
Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Gabe family moves in with his grandmother, a famous book illustrator, after a fire destroys the family home and his father’s puppet studio. Gabe is just as happy—he meets Seth, a neighbor, and has a great role playing game going in the woods. When school starts, he meets Mazzy and Felicia and gets accepted into a popular crowd, which is better than being taunted as “puppet boy” back home. Seth is no longer welcome in the group, although he once was, since his brother David’s disappearance. Soon, ...more
Eighth grader Gabe and his family have recently moved to a small town north of Boston after a fire that destroyed his puppeteer father's studio. Now they are staying with Gabe's grandmother in her mansion, and Gabe is doing his best to fit in. But his friendship with Seth and their involvement in a game in which they try to evade the Hunter, a monster that lives in the nearby forest. Gabe finds it easy to switch from fantasy to reality, and when his new classmates pave the way for his acceptance ...more
Andrew Marr
Sep 25, 2013 Andrew Marr rated it really liked it
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Mar 07, 2015 Carisse rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Carisse by: I got it at my book-fair because I read his books before
Oh my goodness...It was amazing. In the end I cried for like half an hour. The main characters Gabe and Seth work so well together. If you want to spook the stuffing out of yourself, this is the book. I got this from my book-fair. I had read most of Poblocki's books and they are really amazing and intriguing. But this one was the best so far, it made me cry,and I don't cry so easily. So when I finished it I was so amazed about the plot twist and the adventures they went on.. Go Meatpie.
Erin Logan
Feb 23, 2015 Erin Logan rated it liked it
After a devastating fire, Gabe and his family move to Slade to live in his grandmother's old mansion, Temple House. Gabe's first new friend Seth invites him to play a game in the woods between the two boys' homes, a game which unleashes terror and devastation over the whole town.

In the typical spirit of a Poblocki book, this tale is pretty twisted and has quite the grim ending. I enjoyed the multiple climaxes of this book and even liked the ending, in spite of everything that happened.
Martha Johnson
Aug 11, 2015 Martha Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, suspense
The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki.."Something lurks in the woods outside of Slade." Gabe moves to Slade after his house burns down. His first friend is Seth and he teaches Gabe a game with the Hunter. As terrible things begin to happen, Gabe wonders if the Hunter is real or a myth. Another great suspense, paranormal novel from Poblocki--can't wait for his next one.
Michal Hope
Poblocki continues the spine tingling mystery with Gabriel Ashe that he introduced in The Ghost of Graylock. Basically the story goes like this: boy loses home in fire, moves w/ family to grandmother's mansion, makes friends with local boy who is ostracized at school, has to choose b/w new friend and group of popular people, discovers local mysterious disappearances, and has to find an ending to the strange happenings around town. Gabriel is the main character but Seth's character also holds up ...more
Alexandra K
Feb 14, 2016 Alexandra K rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, I found this book very appealing to fantasy horror middle grade books, and I enjoyed it very dearly. The very different point of views were very creative and the plot kept on changing which I loved. The ending took me at shock yet I still adored it. I recommend this book o young readers that want to start horror fantasy books.
Definitely has a good storyline to it. Gabriel really tries to figure out who is haunting him and the town. The scary part is that it isn't a person who is haunting them (nice twist). Gabe's grandmother's part of the story (Elyse) was interesting, as well. I was also impressed by Elyse's scary inspirations for her illustrations.The ending was unexpected.
Doglover 120
Mar 11, 2016 Doglover 120 rated it really liked it
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May 08, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Once again Dan Poblocki has written a great story. If you liked The Ghost of Graylock then you will absolutely love this book. Gabe is the best main character and poor Seth, I'm glad the two became friends. Most of us feel like Seth at sometime in our lives. I was broken-hearted by the end of the book but it is still an excellent one. Thank you Dan Poblocki, please keep writing these books.
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Author of The Stone Child, The Nightmarys, The Ghost of Graylock, and the Mysterious Four series,The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe, and The Book of Bad Things.
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