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All the Lovely Bad Ones

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Travis and his sister, Corey, can’t resist a good trick—so when they learn that their grandmother’s sleepy Vermont inn has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little “haunting” of their own. Scaring the guests proves to be great fun, and before long, the inn is filled with tourists and ghost hunters eager for a glimpse of the supernatural.

But Travis and Corey...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Clarion Books
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Sian Jones
Has some genuinely spooky moments, with a believably evil set of baddies, but my enjoyment was hampered by a couple of things: the underdeveloped main characters and the inconsistency of ghosts' actions with the conventions of ghosthood.

I need more of a past for Travis and Corey than "They're pranksters, the little rascals!" I need to know why in three months, in dire circumstances, there is never any mention of their parents -- wanting their parents with them, resenting their parents for sendin...more
My book that i read was "All the Lovely Bad ones" this book was a scary book i really enjoyed it.
The beginning,Corey and Travis get kicked out of the camp there at,so there mom sends them too the inn,where there grandma is the owner of that hotel. they are sent there for the hole summer. they meet acouple at the inn and they are ghost hunters. And Corey and Travis start playing of jokes on all the people there so reporters can go and interview them so they can become famous. well all of the sud...more
All the Lovely Bad Ones, by author Mary Downing Hahn, is yet another horrifyingly spooky young readers ghost story by an ageless wonder. This time MDH delivers a spine-chilling tale about siblings Travis and Corey who are visiting their grandma's inn for the summer. When they decide to play a terrifying trick on her guests, they inadvertently stir up a whole barrel of trouble, ya hear? Before they know it they're caught up in a firestorm of bitter hickish motel cooks, psychedelic pot-smoking hip...more
Ivonne Rovira
Author Mary Downing Hahn writes one great ghost story aimed at middle-grade readers after another. I'd already read Wait till Helen comes, The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story, and The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall (The last is probably the scariest of the lot; I'm a grown woman and I had a bit of trouble sleeping!) All the Lovely Bad Ones ranks with the rest.

Mischievous siblings Travis and Corey Donovan stir up more than just trouble when they pretend to be ghosts at their grandmother's Vermont inn...more
Tyler Crews
I choose this book,because i like to read books about ghost.This book is a fiction book.The lovely bad ones take place at the fox inn motle in Vermount.There are two main character's in this book,there names are Travis who is 13 and Cory who is 12.They are brother and sister. This book is about two kids who go and stay with there grandma for the summer. There gradma owneds the fox Inn in vermount.The two kids found out that the motle is hunted from this book they found in the Fox Inn libery. Cor...more
Aug 01, 2011 Doris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preteens, anyone who reads ghost stories
The book itself appealed to me from the title, from a poem / warning to children. This thin book is something I hope will appeal to the non-reading junior members of the family, and, being one of those who reads everything, once it was in my hand I had to read it through.

The story starts with 2 children who are right away identified as "bad" - Travis and Corey were into so much mischief that summer camp rejected them, and the only choices left were summer school or spending the summer with thei...more
Travis and Corey are spending the summer at the grandmother's isolated Vermont inn--an excellent alternative to the summer camp they got banned from after last summer's pranks and mischief. Grandmother's inn isn't doing too well, though, since the ghostly activity has ceased, as people don't come so far out of their way to visit an un-haunted inn. The siblings vow to turn things around for their grandmother, and stage a haunting to convince the current guests that the inn still has some secrets....more
Jody Mena
A ghost story, but not a particularly scary story, even for a children's book. Ghosts just aren't as scary when the protagonist can sit on the porch and have a conversation with them. It was more sad than scary, with the stories about the poor farm. The only real nervous moments were of a much more mundane nature, like children being caught somewhere they shouldn't be, doing something they shouldn't (lots of that). The final confrontation with Miss Ada was the only truly creepy part. However, it...more
All the lovely bad ones aren't as bad as you think they would be....... It all started when Cory (girl younger) and Travis Cory's big brother came to there grandmas in for the summer.. They heard people think it's haunted so they started doing some tricking that woke something that should have not woken up... Cory and Travis met the lovely bad ones and how there life was. The lovely bad ones where children living in a poor home which where in the same area as the inn and how mrs. Ada owns how sh...more
This book is amazing
Well the starting is that Travis and his little sister Corey don't want to go to camp, more or less they got kicked out, so there parents send them to there grandmothers inn for the summer,so when they get there they meet some people talking about the inn being haunted people would hear moning and groning,toilets flushing over and over again stomping I could go on all day,but later on in the story travis and cory start scaring the guests and the inn by acting like there the...more
Angel Gelique
I read this book with my eleven-year-old daughter. We both found it very enjoyable. It was a ghost story, but not a scary one; it was just perfect for pre-teens. The characters were realistic and the plot was very good.

Two young siblings are spending the summer at their grandmother's inn. The inn has a history of being haunted. The siblings decide that they could drum up business by convincing the curious guests that the ghosts have returned. Little do they realize that their actions will awake...more
Mari Anne
Mary Downing Hahn is very popular at our school library and I wasn't ever quite sure why... until I read this book. Hahn's writing has a sophistication and a polish that you sometimes don't see in MG novels. It is obvious that she is a former librarian and an avid reader (as the end notes attest). This story is sufficiently creepy but not overly so. The plot is well paced and the writing tight and sharp. I can see why the kids enjoy this book so much. A fun, but slightly scary ghost story, proba...more
Mrs. Tennant
I love Mary Downing Hahn as an author, and have read other ghostly tales such as Wait Til Helen Comes and Deep and Dark and Dangerous without being disappointed, and All the Lovely Bad Ones was no exception! I gave it five stars because I stayed up until midnight reading it and couldn't put it down. Plus it seriously creeped me out, a quality I always enjoy in a book.

The book is about a brother and a sister, Corey and Travis, who are known to be troublemakers but have been sent to spend a peace...more
Gabby B.
All The Lovely Bad Ones
By: Mary Downing Hahn
All The Lovely Bad Ones is a book about to two siblings named Corey and Travis who has family problems and in the summer always goes to a summer camp, but got kicked out of because of how mischievous they were and got in too much trouble. So, they spend this summer at their Grandma's Inn that is suppose to be haunted, but their Grandma claims she hasn't seen a ghost there twenty years. Corey and Travis being themselves decided to change that and make...more
My favorite part of the book is the poem that inspires it's title...

To all the little children: -- The happy ones; and sad ones;
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones -- Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones.

I'm looking for books that my six year old nephew who reads chapter books could read. His parents have him reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I don't think he's ready for All the Lovely Bad Ones yet. It could be a bit scary. Maybe more...more

Exciting and scary! This book kept me intersted, excited, and wanting more! I couldn't put it down. All I wanted was to finish the book and find out WHO the ghosts were, WHY there were around, and WHAT the brother and sister were going to do.

This book is a MUST READ for anyone who enjoys scary ghost stories, likes suspense and mysteries, and wants to read a book page by page. Trust me... You won't want to miss a page!

I can't wait to read her other books in this series. Where are they?
Israel Lopez
Mary Downing Hahn is an outrages writer in the novel The Lovely Bad Ones . The story takes place in Burlington , Airport were the siblings Travis and Corey visit their Grandma in Vermont. They arrive at there grandma's Inn were Corey and Travis can prank the quest by reliving the terrifying ghost story's that were told . Travis and Corey didn't know that they messed with the hornets nest , they opened the dimension were the prank of their own became a scare for the whole Inn . The lovely Bad One...more
Hannah S
Travis and Corey have always been labeled as the bad ones, always having people say to them "They're pranksters, the little rascals!" They were kicked out of Summer Camp for pulling too many pranks and can’t go back. Corey and Travis spend their summer at Vermont in their grandma’s inn, that supposedly is haunted. Guests start arriving asking about the ghosts and Grandma denies there are any. Corey gets an idea to fake ghost pranks to bring attention and popularity to the inn. But when Corey’s...more
Antonio Felix
How you ever been scared out of your mind ? If not I think you should read all the lovely bad ones it's thrilling and spooky and interesting to read. The genre if this book is fiction. I liked reading this book because it gave me the goose bumps.

The setting this book takes place in Vermont inn. This book is about two children named Corey and Travis who spent the summer at their grandmothers inn and it used to be haunted. So Corey and Travis decide to play a trick on the guest. They would sneak o...more
This is my second Mary Downing Hahn book. The kids at school love her, so I was glad to see this on the VRC list for next year. While I didn't like it as much as "The Old Willis Place," this book will be enjoyed my Hahn fans who like a suspenseful book that includes ghosts as central characters.

This book was okay, but not at all scary. It was sad, mysteries, funny, thought provoking, and it had you wondering what would happen next. The parts where the evil ghost showed up was not well written enough to be the least bit creepy.
Dec 19, 2010 Julia added it
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Julia by: Feliciana my friend!
So far i have been reading the book with my class and it is good i think it is just right for everybody to read the first few pages are kinds boring then it does get wayyy better i recomnded it for people that like mysteries and scary bookks and stuff! =~)
Somewhat predictable ghost story. I am sure it is creepy and scary for 4th-6th graders. I listened to the audio recording and the narrator did a great job of making the voices add to the creepy-factor of the story.
I began this book thinking I wouldn't like it. Corey and Travis are your typical "bad ones" who like to be obnoxious and I have enough of that in my daily life. As the story went on, though, it became very gripping and I couldn't wait to read the next page, then the next, then the next. The character of the grandmother was a but weak and underdeveloped, but other than her I found myself gravitating to everyone from Martha, the cook, to the 16-year-old waitress. The story of the ghosts was creepy...more
All the Lovely Bad Ones, the author of this book is: Mary Downing Hahn. The main Characters in this book is Travis and his sister ,Corey. The main point of this book is about everyone trying to say there is a ghost in the hotel, but grandma doesn't believe there are ghost in the hotel. If it was me I would rate this book a 3 because it took a long time to get the point, so it made it drag a long time. I thought this was good, but it wasn't as good as Deep Dark and Dangerous, because it wanted yo...more
I got this book mainly for it's title, which is awesome.

I enjoyed the beginning of the book, Mary Downing Hahn draws readers into her story with creepy details perfectly administered to get the spine tingling.

Corey and Travis are pranksters, kids who can't help but get into trouble. They're "Bad Ones." After being banned for life from their usual summer camp they get sent to their grandmother's inn in Vermont instead.

At first the kids are content planning to slouch by the pool all summer, glad...more
Apr 21, 2010 Amy added it
Shelves: 2010, j-paranormal
Corey and Travis are excited to spend the summer at Fox Hollow, their grandmother's old inn. They are looking forward to a summer of leisure, free of responsibilities and stupid summer camp activities. As an added bonus, Fox Hollow is rumored to be haunted. Corey and Travis plan to take advantage of the inn's supernatural status by playing some paranormal pranks on the other inn guests. Their plans go awry, though, when their high jinks awaken some real ghosts. They come to find out that Fox Hol...more
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Awards Won: Rebecca Caudill (2010)
Age Level: 9-12

This was the first book of Mary Downing Hahn's that I read, and I became hooked. I am sorry that I was unaware of Hahn's writing as a child, as it would have be right up my alley. This book won the 2010 Rebecca Caudill award, which is voted on by Illinois students in grades four through eight. This lets me know that current students enjoyed the book just as much as I did.

One of the best qualities of this book is that it is spooky, but not scary....more
This is another book that Ashley picked up at the book fair. I don't think I'm a helicopter parent, but I definitely like to know what my kids are reading so I can help to shape their choices a little better. This book is SCARY in parts! I didn't feel it was as well-written as "The Garden of Eve," but the story is not predictable and has a good (good as interesting and well-constructed) plot. I think that the main characters, a brother and sister who are real troublemakers, learn an important le...more
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