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The Dead End (Poison Apple #1)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  2,693 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
Poison Apple Books: Thrilling. Bone-chilling. These books have bite! Casey Slater can't believe her bad luck. It's the summer before seventh grade, and instead of the perfect vacation she'd planned with her best friend, Casey is in a remote country town, where her parents are restoring an old, creaky, creepy house. Worst of all, everyone else in town thinks the old house i ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sandra Bašić
A cute creepy story about a girl who has to spend the whole summer in the middle of nowhere. But it's not boring, there's something going on - ghosts maybe? Only Casey Slater knows it but her parents don't believe her - of course, when you don't want to listen to your children, it is enough to tell them they are imagining things. Casey's parents were going on my nerves the whole time, they never believed what their daughter told them, for God's sake they've never even shown their love to her, in ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Another one of those "urban centers good, small towns bad" books, and definitely not original by a long shot. Haunted house in a dreary town? Eh, wasn't that done twenty-some years ago in Welcome to Dead House and The Tale of the Restless House? This book isn't horrible, mind you. I think many middle-grade readers can identify with the angst and hopelessness of having to spend summer away from their social lives and being spirited away by their parents to dull places. I did like the author's use ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poison Apple is a more spookier and paranormal version of the Candy Apple series. I never read any Poison Apple book except this one. And I was scared! I know i know its a book how can you?

This book i finished within a day or two. I could NOT put it down! Casey Slater is just an average seventh grader wanting to have a great summer vacation with her best friend. But her parents take her to an unforgetable vacation.

Her and her parents drive down to a house that they will be staying in for the s
I found myself enjoying this book far more then I imagined I would. A creepy children's ghost story that actually kept me on my toe's.

It has a great message at the end, about over coming obstacles and facing your fears which is wonderful and true for either sex or age.

Aimed at middle grade children but any age can enjoy it.
Jami Lowe
Dec 07, 2012 Jami Lowe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bomb! stupid pre-teen idiocy! read the beginning, skimmed the middle and read the end. this is a thriller, horror story made for 12 - 16 yr olds. the first 3 pages in did frighten me. the writer does a very good job wording and showing scary stuff. the next 3 pages in; i had to sit through a 12 yr old thinking her parents where the stupidest people on the planet and believing her friend had all the answers. i know teenagers feel this way anyway, but do authors have to promote it? skimming throug ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Casey gets ready to have a fun summer with Jillian but her plans are cancelled by her parents because they bought a haunted house in New Hampshire.Casey then goes through a lot of things that she couldn't really explain until she finds a diary written by Millie who died in a steamer trunk.Both Millie and Casey have dreams that connect to the other's situation.Millie dreams about a fire happening in Casey's time and Casey dreams of playing hide-and-seek in Millie's time.It ends up that the things ...more
Jun 10, 2010 Yasmin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Yasmin by: ME
An awesome book about a girl that discovers a ghost that lives in her summer house. I love love loved it!!! To all of my friends and classmates out there you have to read this book! It chills your bones. This is like my trip to Bangladesh. I thought it would be boring but I had an awesome time! I rode a horse, fell off and brige, played with a chicken, and meet a bull.

Ashley Ehlers
Nov 20, 2015 Ashley Ehlers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Originally posted on Paranormal Sisters:

I devoured this in a day! A day! I couldn't put it down and I'm so happy I enjoyed it so much because I've been wanting to read this for yeeeaaars! I finally said enough, it's time I start this series! All the books in this series are standalone but I just had to start with the first one.

The Dead End is about a girl that moves into a summer home in the country with her family. Throughout the summer her parents are b
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
The Dead End by Mimi McCoy is a book in the Poison Apple series, a paranormal version of the Candy Apple series.

Casey plans to spend her whole summer with her friend, Jillian. They plan to go shopping, spend time at the beach, and get boyfriends. Casey’s parents have different plans. They bought a real fixer-upper home in New Hampshire and plan to spend the whole summer there. Casey is really bummed.

She won’t be able to spend her summer as planned and her parents are hardly sympathetic.
Casey q
Oct 13, 2014 NATUI rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read this book together with my nine year old daughter. We were both scared, and the twists and turns of the book kept us snuggled up on the bed. I did not think this book would be so creepy, and I enjoyed it very much. My daughter loved it so much that she reread it a second time this weekend, and now she's convinced her brother to read it as a perfect get-ready-for-Halloween book. We're looking forward to reading more of this series.
Jenn Doyle
So this was another book my daughter wanted me to read. I've discovered that I unfortunately have difficulty really getting into most middle grade books (Harry Potter was an exception, but it also qualifies as YA.) This wasn't bad, but it didn't make me interested until about half-way through. I've got one other Poison Apple book to read, but I can see why the series would appeal to middle-readers. It's just scary enough to get youngsters nervous, but not really scare the bejesus out of them. Th ...more
Oct 02, 2015 Punpun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about Casey Slater, a little girl that will turn to be teenager soon. She had planned her perfect summer vocation with her best friend, Jillian, but she has to go to a remote country town, where her parents are restoring an old, creaky, “creepy” house. Everyone in town think the house is haunted, and Casey thinks so. It seems like the ghost in house doesn’t want Slater family there. Casey thought she’d be dying of boredom, but noe she is scared to death!
First time I saw it, I think
The Dead End was a book full of secrets and emotions. This book made me think that ghosts and spirits always have a reason behind their scaring people. Casey thought that the ghost in the house was trying to kill Casey by almost smashing her with a china cabinet and more things like that, but the ghost was only trying to drive them out of the house so that they could avoid the fire that was going to take place in their house. The ghost was only trying to save them. Even when Casey got stuck in h ...more
3.5 stars (as an adult reading this for myself)

The story is very well written considering this is a Scholastic book for young children. I'm 29 years old, and I enjoyed the book and was never bored reading it. I think the plot unfolds naturally and the author creates suspense. I love the setting in rural New Hampshire because it reminds me of the family vacations that I took when I was Casey's age. My only complaint is that the characters have some stereotypical characteristics. Casey the preteen
Ramya A.
Apr 22, 2013 Ramya A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! These books are awesome and I think that they are kind of scary. It all just seems so real! I think that this book gives a cliffhanger like every GOOD book! I love this book and I would definitely recommend these books!!!
Nov 04, 2015 Katia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing and enjoyable book! Honestly I never used to like reading, I would only do it because I had to! But this book really changed me. I couldn't tell who I was anymore. I could not let this book out f my sight, not even out of MY HANDS!!! This book is a bout a girl (Casey) and her parents, they travel to a new city just for the summer. They bought an old old old house that everybody feared. Casey thought this house was haunted and that it is cursed with evil spirits like GHOSTS! O ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I try to read books that the young in our family might read. This is one of them. It's a very good ghost story. While the story is well written it may leave very young sensitive readers with a fear of ghosts. Casey, the protagonist, is a sensitive, imaginative twelve-year-old. When her parents buy a summer house that they plan to renovate, miles and miles from New York, her plans for the summer are crushed. As she moons about what she might have been doing at home, strange things begin to occur. ...more
Dec 13, 2014 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For being a younger readers book I really enjoyed this. It didn't scare me but it did give me a little chill.
Jun 03, 2014 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the girl goes to a haunted house for summer vacation will she last any longer ??????
Sep 21, 2016 Fazilat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where to start about this one?
Honestly, this book was far spookier than I anticipated, but than again, I'm a total wuss. But in all seriousness there were a couple of scenes in here that had me every afraid of being alone at home.
The main character, although quite young, is interesting and not as whiny as I was expecting from a character of the described age group. The twists and reveals in the book were also fantastic! Although I won't be reading it again (since I value my sleep), I would rec
May 08, 2013 Samantha marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Crys (The Hodgenator)
I love a good ghost story, who doesn't, and Mimi McCoy really delivers in this novel. It offers its readers just enough spooktascular ghost story without being over-whelming or nightmarish.

In this novel, Casey Slater is planning to have the best summer of her life! That is until her parents decide to have another plans in the guise of a creepy old fixer-upper they have purchased in Stillness, New Hampshire. But don't let the town's name fool you, this house is anything but still.

While Casey is
Katie Fitzgerald
Casey Slater and her best friend, Jillian, have a lot of plans for their summer before seventh grade. Unfortunately, they won't get to put any of them into action because Casey's parents are taking her with them to a remote town called Stillness, where they have just bought a ramshackle house in desperate need of repair. From the moment the family arrives in Stillness, people have strange reactions to where they're living - and it's no wonder. The creepy old house isn't just falling apart - it's ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for

Casey Slater and her best friend, Jillian Morton, have their whole summer planned out, and it is going to be the best summer of their lives.

So, when Casey's parents tell her that they have purchased a summer house in Stillness, New Hampshire, far away from their home in Manhattan, she is devastated. What will she do? When they refuse to let her spend the summer at Jillian's house, she must accept that her plans will change.

The old farmhouse in S
Casey Slater and her best friend Jillian have plans for a great summer when Casey's parents announce they bought a summer house in New Hampshire. Casey is ok with a vacation away from the city until she finds out her parents plan on living in New Hampshire the entire summer!

Soon after school is out Casey's parents pack up the car and a rental van and off they go to Stillness, N.H. This town is appropriately named because there is nothing going on in Stillness. There isn't even a real grocery st
May 02, 2016 Zac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another co-read with my 7 year old daughter who's enjoyed a number of these books. We both rather enjoyed this one - it had decent depth of story and seemed fairly relatable. The ending was a little more intense then some of the others in the series, but it never took things too far. It challenged my daughter in good ways with the storytelling and trying to uncover the mystery and comprehending the parallel storylines of past and present. Not bad.
Sep 29, 2014 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I challenged my 4th grade students to read 40 books this year--and they challenged me right back to read 40 KID books, too. I decided to let them have a hand in picking some of the books I read for my side of the challenge. This one was recommended by 3 girls. I have to say--it was kind of fun to read. It reminded me a lot of some of the mystery books I read as a kid. Now--on to their next selection for me...
Jun 14, 2014 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Name: The Dead End
Author: Mimi McCoy
Genre: series, spooky, supernatural, quest
Age recommendation: years 10-13
Rating: 4-5
Personal comment: Love the book, so spooky!

When 12year Casey moves into a creepy house she is convinced that the house is haunted, if only her parents would believe her!
Join Casey in a spine-chilling book filled with DEAD amazing activity!
Review written by C. H.
Casey is afraid of pretty much everything. She believes every scary story that she hears. So when her family moves to their new home in the country, Casey is convinced that it is haunted. Afterall, the local folks say it is. Her parents are less than helpful and think that its just her overactive imagination. But this time Casey is right. There is a ghost. Who will believe her?

This was a really good book for its type. No it is not great literature, but it is not intended to be. It is suspenseful
So I saw this on the shelf and thought the cover was really cute. I was expecting it to be a slightly younger Monster High...I was very wrong, lol. Now I am not the biggest fraidy cat in the world but I do occasionally get creeped out, particularly at night. Well this book totally gave me the heebie jeebies. I ended up having to stay up to read something silly, lol.

I can't tell if the series focuses on the same group of friends or a school but I don't think it focuses on the same girl. This is
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Mimi McCoy was a cheerleader the same year that Halley's Comet was last seen, an accomplishment she attributes to cosmic fortune, since she never made the team again. Ms. McCoy has since traded in her pompoms for a pen and now lives in New York City.
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