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All the Lovely Bad Ones

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  7,241 Ratings  ·  773 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Clarion Books
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Sian Jones
Nov 10, 2011 Sian Jones rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, ghost-stories
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
Dec 01, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: ghosts, middle-grade
As a kid, I absolutely loved Wait Till Helen Comes. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I read it. It was just the right level of creepy I needed in elementary school. I'm very sure that if I'd read All the Lovely Bad Ones at the same time, I would have loved it every bit as much. Alas, I didn't.

All credit where it's due, there are plenty of things to like about this book. It's very readable, the ghosts have a credible backstory, and the evil in the house is nicely malevolent. There ar
Sep 29, 2010 Brendaaa; rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2011 Jim rated it it was ok
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
Hailey Higgs
Oct 03, 2014 Hailey Higgs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Travis and Corey from the book All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hawn stay at their grandmother’s quiet inn called Fox Hill Inn over in Vermont. When they try to make the ghost believing couple think there is still some ghostly activity left there. When they put on a ghost show they get more than they bargained for. They awake an evil spirited poor farm caretaker Mrs. Ada and the rambunctious lovely bad ones. The only ones able to put them back to sleep is Travis and Corey with a little he ...more
Jul 21, 2011 Zora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Angie Gaynor
Sep 29, 2015 Angie Gaynor rated it liked it
What would you do if you saw a ghost? Would you freak out? Would you be normal? Tell me how you would feel what your reaction would be?

Travis and his sister are visiting there grandparents for the weekend, but they find something odd. its odd say but they find a ghost. like a old spirit in there house. and its way more odd once they find. they always see it and they talk to it.

i liked this story, but not as much. because it needs more spice. but i like the scary parts of the story, but it need
Oct 01, 2014 Imari rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book so tedious that you wanted to fall off a cliff? Well my book, All The Lovely Bad Ones will have you so interested,determined, and excited to read more.

The Genre of All The Lovely Bad Ones is Mystery, My opinion on this book is that it really had me interested. Not like other books where I just want to read and get it over with. It was so good that I really wanted to write a book exactly similar. ***Spoiler alert*** When I found out that Travis and Corey woke something
May 21, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
**listened to audio CD**
** Booklist and School Library Journal list this book as grades 4-7.**

I would not have read this book as a child, but children who enjoy scary books/ movies will like it. Only two scenes toward the end were too dark for me. (**spoiler alert** The scenes that describe Ada's hanging and when she tries to get Travis to hang himself were the ones that were too disturbing for grades 4-7.)

I am happy that my library has several of Hahn's books. Her writing is so vivid that I f
Aug 10, 2016 Aloke rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Spooky page turner for fifth graders and their parents alike. Is it a coincidence that this tale of rich fat cats benefitting on the backs of the poor is set in Bernie Sanders' home state? I think I know who Martha Brewster will be voting for.
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Abigail Hersom
Jan 11, 2016 Abigail Hersom rated it it was amazing
I gave the book All the Lovely Bad Ones a 5 star rating because it was a really suspenseful book that kept me engaged in all the things that were happening to Travis and Corey and the story of the bad ones. It was very scary at first knowing that they awoke ghosts but I got used to it and it was really interesting. My favorite part is when Travis and Corey find out about what happened to the kids on the poor farm and why they are haunting them, this is my favorite part because they actually know ...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
Tyler Crews
Nov 08, 2010 Tyler Crews rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it  ·  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
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
Jun 01, 2015 Jody Mena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Devin Dzumaryk
I recommend this book to many people! This book was spooky and scary and always left me on the edge of my seat never wanting to put the book down. If you are someone who is into ghost stories and like to be scared, I recommend you read this book. Many ages of people can read this book. It's not too scary to be only for older people, it's just right.
Nov 05, 2013 Trinity rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 06, 2015 Paige rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an amazing book with a great plot! I absolutely loved the Mary Downing Hahn books that I've read a few years ago, but wasn't sure about this one when I started it. It turned out to be a great book involving the two main characters and this group of ghosts. Even though Corey and Travis (the main characters) weren't at the inn when the "bad ones" became ghosts, they were sure to help their new friend become free of their nemesis, Miss Ada. This book had a well thought-out theme ...more
Jul 05, 2016 Emma rated it it was amazing
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Steve Altier
Jul 12, 2015 Steve Altier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this short story even though it wasn't what I thought it would be. I do love a good ghost story. Especially when the none believer becomes a believer. Great teen read, lots of creative touches and very well written.
Angel Gelique
Mar 05, 2013 Angel Gelique rated it really liked it
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
Gabe Zellner
Jun 02, 2015 Gabe Zellner rated it it was ok
Book could have been better, but there was some good parts.
Jun 02, 2015 Ivonne added it
really good book I think you guys will like it.
Mari Anne
Sep 03, 2013 Mari Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-ya
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
Samantha S
Sep 27, 2015 Samantha S rated it it was amazing
All the Lovely Bad Ones is an intense and interesting horror story written by Mary Downing Hahn. Corey and Travis, the main characters, are going to the inn that there grandmother owns after they were asked to never come back to the summer camp because of some of their antics. The inn, an ancient building with a history of hauntings is a great place for Corey and Travis to practice their pranking skills as they decide to be the “ghosts” of Fox Hill Inn. But when the real ghosts are awakened they ...more
Mrs. Tennant
Sep 14, 2014 Mrs. Tennant rated it it was amazing
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
Gabby B.
Apr 10, 2014 Gabby B. rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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
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