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The Mystery of Drear House (Dies Drear Chronicles #2)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  123 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
A black family living in the house of long-dead abolitionist Dies Drear must decide what to do with his stupendous treasure, hidden for one hundred years in a cavern near their home.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1987)
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Nov 16, 2015 Quirkyreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saved this book from the discard pile at a school I was previously employed at.
Feb 12, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Thomas Smart is a young man from a very loving family. Pesty Darrow is his best friend. She is adopted and all she wants is to be cherished and bring everyone together in her family. Thomas lives in a house surrounded by secrets, tunnels and treasures. The owner of the house was an abolitionist, and the tunnels served as an underground railroad to help many children to escape. There are feelings of jealousy and contempt that could ignite a war anytime between the Smart and Darrow families but Pe ...more
Polly Brown
Mar 07, 2014 Polly Brown rated it it was amazing
About two-thirds of the way through this book, I just couldn't do anything but read it. The portrayal of mental illness, the connections to slavery and the underground railroad, the way Thomas sorts out his obligations and opportunities and loyalties and fears, the portrayal of older characters and Thomas's young twin bothers, the father's insistence on the priority of saving historical information for posterity, and the surprising solution to real conflicts, without violence but with no turning ...more
May 19, 2015 Brenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mystery of Drear House is the follow up to The House of Dies Drear. The first of the series was a little more fun and adventurous, but this one was interesting as well. Virginia Hamilton defines the Small and Carr families more thoroughly and helps put some closure on the mystery. Still a fun read, and I love Underground Railroad stories.
Apr 03, 2013 Gale rated it really liked it
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Excellent sequel to THE HOUSE OF DIES DREAR, this book continues the story of the King of the Underground Railroad, some 8 months later. But for the teenage hero, Thomas, and young Pesty, there are so many dark secrets yet to be revealed--which ones to keep and which to share? We thought that "things" were settled, that the Darrows had been scared away from Mr. Pluto's cave for good, that the cataloguing was going on for the Foundation...Not so--those wretched Dar
Jul 29, 2009 Brigitte rated it it was ok
The Mystery of Dies Drear House is about a boy named Thomas who is in a kind of feud with his next door neighbors. Both families are trying to find the buried treasure that is some where on their land. Thomas's main external conflict is that he has to meet secretly with his best friend from the rival family. His main internal conflict is that he has to deicide if he is going to forgive his friend for the secrets that she has kept from him and his family.
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This is a great mystery novel for young adults. The most interesting part was Drear House itself. It’s a labyrinth with secret tunnels and hideouts. The pace is quite fast, and the main character Thomas is the kind of protagonist kids can easily relate to. An intriguing, quick read.
Jean Brandenburg
This was the sequel to "The House of Dies Drear". It picks up 6 months after the prior one ends. It still has some mystery in there, and introduces a character you didn't meet in the first one. This one was ok too, but sort of a re-hash of the first. I still liked it.
Diana Baker
Aug 21, 2010 Diana Baker rated it it was amazing
I liked this book even better than the first in the 2-part series. The pace is a little faster. In case you didn't read my review for the first book, I will describe the overall story. The book is written from the perspective of a teenage boy. The story takes place in a large old mansion built for the purpose of hiding slaves on the underground railroad. The new owners find a wall that slides up; a room that rotates; and tunnels so long and so wide that they contain rooms. This book is full of s ...more
Alisha Erin
Jun 13, 2016 Alisha Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
On par with the first one.
Review to come. I have to admit, this was a little harder to get into than I remember "House of Dies Drear" being, probably because you have to rely quite a bit on reading "House of Dies Drear" to get into the flow of reading this at first. But once I did get into the book, it was smooth sailing, and I was glad to follow Thomas's voice and experiences again. I hope to do a more thorough analysis of the book in my extended review.
May 25, 2008 David rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: reader
Thomas and his family have been living in the Drear house, a old house filled with mysteries. Mysteries, along with secret passages and tunnels can lead to danger, especially when the Darrow family is involved. Involving in break-ins of the drear house, Thomas ruminates about the reasons...

Thomas and his friend, Pesty Darrow, ventures into this mystery... but is she really trustworthy?
Aug 31, 2011 4josh4283 rated it it was amazing
it was a grade last yeer that you had to reed it so i did and i liked it. it was definetly one of the best books ive read, they should make another one just like it
It was better than the first one, but there's still not much to it? Idk, it was just okay.
Dec 08, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it
wasn't as good as the first book but it did have a really good conclusion.
Sep 21, 2008 Mare rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book more than the first. It was more smoothly written.
Oct 06, 2009 Alexia rated it it was ok
1 word: boring...i read this book in 5th grade btw.
Aug 29, 2009 Tammi rated it really liked it
Glad to have read the conclusion!
Lillian N.
Nov 06, 2009 Lillian N. rated it really liked it
Just sort of...odd, to say the least...
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