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My Haunted House (Araminta Spook #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,759 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews
This house is not for sale

Araminta Spookie lives in a wonderful old haunted house, but her crabby aunt Tabby wants to move. Aunt Tabby is determined to sell their house Araminta has to stop her!

With the help of a haunted suit of armor named Sir Horace, a ghost named Edmund, and a lot of imagination, Araminta hatches a plot for an Awful Ambush that is so ghoulish, it just m
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by HarperTrophy (first published October 6th 1994)
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Through the years, books for pre-teens have been missed by me. I read through a bunch of Hardy Boys when I was in kindergarten, and then I dove straight into mythology and the supernatural. I skipped the books that were meant for late grade school kids, and only now as a father am I really engaging with them.

As a family, we've been focusing on the classic kids books -- like Pinnochio, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz etc. -- but Miloš & Brontë are starting to read bigger books, and we've been lo
Dion Yulianto
Satu hal yang menakjubkan dari para penulis adalah mereka mampu menciptakan karya yang belum pernah kita—para pembaca—memikirkan tentang hal itu sebelumnya, kemudian membuat kita menepuk jidat sendiri sambil berkata, “Ah, sesederhana itu, kenapa tidak terpikirkan sejak dulu!” Sejakseri Septimus Heap, pengarang yang satu ini memang sudah memukau saya dengan caranya sendiri. Angie Sage menulis sebuah novel petualangan sihir yang hampir menyaingi (dan mungkin agak-agak mirip) ke-epik-an Harry Potte ...more
A mildly entertaining little novel about precocious Araminta Spookie (love the name!) trying to save her beloved family mansion from being sold. In the process of setting up booby traps, she finds out that her house truly is haunted (hooray! she really hoped it was) and makes some new friends. But her tricks on prospective buyers don't quite go the way she had hoped...

I found parts of this quite humorous and fun, and while other parts grated on me just a bit. Even if Araminta learned her lesson
Sep 04, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
This is the first book in the Araminta Spookie series by Angie Sage. I discovered this book at our local library and thought it might be a fun, spooky read for our oldest. She loved it and has read through the entire series very quickly. Now I'm just trying to catch up.

The story is entertaining and fun, a little silly and an easy read. It tells of scary things, but in such a matter-of-fact manner, that they hardly seem scary at all. In fact, it's quite entertaining, in an Addams family kind of
Anonymous Phenomenon
Intensely boring and cliche. Best suited to toddlers.
Ginger Smith
Jul 13, 2013 Ginger Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, paranormal
Araminta Spooky spends her days looking for ghosts and secret passages. Until one day she learns that her aunt intends to sell the house without even consulting with Araminta and her uncle “Drac.” She then sets out on a mission to scare away any possible buyers by flinging green slimy gook on their heads, unleashing scary ghosts that make ghoulish screams throughout the house and the like. In the middle of her shenanigans she learns that her house is in fact haunted and she meets up with a real ...more
buku cerita anak2 dr angie sage, yg sblmnya sdh bikin aku jatuh cinta berat pd seri septimus heap-nya. suka tokoh2nya yg msh seunik biasanya, settingnya yg aneh (aneh yg bagus), dan kisahnya yg.... syerem syerem lutju ;)

di sini, karakter utamanya, si araminta ini, anak kecil manis, penurut, dan tenang *youuu wishh* nooo.... araminta ini tipe anak yg unik, selalu ingin tahu, dan parahnya lagi... dia pengin punya hantu di rumah tuanya. masalahnya, rumah tua itu terlalu tua dan butuh uang perawatan
Little Miss and the Legomeister
As much as the kidlets and I love the Septimus Heap series, I was surprised to find out that Angie Sage had another series I'd never heard of.

It's quite a bit shorter and less complex than Magyk; it's an early chapter book geared toward younger children.

The Addams family type characters fascinated my kids, and they thought it was pretty funny. This book (and The Sword in the Grotto) kept them mesmerized for nearly five hours during our road trip from Nevada to Oregon.

It was fun to listen to, and
Aug 12, 2007 Tracie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 2nd-5th
Shelves: elem, fantasy
I really loved the artwork throughout this book. It was quirky, humorous and appropriate as well as creative for a chapter book.
I have to reserve judgement on the story itself until I read the second installment because I finally warmed up and began to like the characters during the last chapter. Up to that point, the main character came off as bratty and the situations were too opportunistic. For example, she talks about wanting to see a ghost and in one day (after searching for years) she s
Jul 19, 2012 Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very fun middle grade book, maybe suitable for kids or those who want to celebrate Halloween but not be scared. I read this a few years ago and then saw it at the library yesterday so I decided to pick it up. I think that the main character Araminta is very funny and sarcastic, and her friends (the ghosts that haunt her house) make a great cast of interesting people/things. This series is in very short installments and I don't remember exactly but you might be able to read them at ran ...more
ijul (yuliyono)
Jun 25, 2011 ijul (yuliyono) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasi, anak-anak, e-book
Aku selalu ngiler buat baca seri Septimus Heap-nya Angie Sage, tapi tak pernah langsung menyentuh-membacanya. Tebel banget bukunya, hehehehe....

Eh, ternyata ada juga buku fantasi anak-anak karya Angie yang tipis dan cukup menghibur....serial Araminta ini. Bintang empat yang kuberikan ini, 2 untuk ceritanya...dan 2 lagi khusus buat ilustrasinya. Fiuhhh...ilustrasinya juara, deh! B.A.G.U.S. bangeth! Sumpah!
Luanne Hatcher
Apr 02, 2011 Luanne Hatcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My "Haunted House" is not a "scary story," but it does entertain you with the antics of Araminta, an orphaned girl living with her aunt and uncle in a huge, cobwebby house with lots of spiders and bats. Araminta doesn't want her aunt to sell the house and tries her best to frighten any prospective buyers. Its 5.0 reading level makes it a great read for the younger students. I'm anxious to read the next book in this Araminta Spookie series to see what she's up to in it.
Aug 03, 2016 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
It's mediocre but at least my curiosity about this book is satisfied. Ceritanya sederhana, kalo ada beberapa hal yg saya bilang plothole, gimana ya... Apa pekerjaan Paman Drac? Kalau rumah itu berhantu, kok Araminta baru ketemu Edmund si hantu setelah dia lama tinggal di sana. Sama seperti Paman Horace si baju zirah yg baru bicara setelah rumah Bibi Tabby mau dijual.

Tapi sebagai bacaan ringan, gak papa.
Sep 30, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could say that I only read this book so I could help Maddie with her book report. Or I could say that I was intrigued because Maddie told me she had to read the first two chapters twice because they were "so cool". Which are both true. But these books are darling. If you are a third grader, read this series. If you are the mom of a third grader, you should read this series too.
Feb 21, 2009 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids and adults who are still kids really.
Shelves: fantasy
Araminta has her house put up for sale by her Aunt Tabitha but she hasn't acheived her ambition of finding a ghost in it, yet; can she stop the sale and proove that the house is haunted?
Fun, funny and for youngsters, but nevermind - I enjoyed it, too!
Jul 07, 2014 Kaethe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love me a haunted house. And I feel like Sage did a marvelous job creating a family that nods to the Addams and the Munsters, without immitating.
Nov 09, 2016 Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leitura gostosa e divertida. Amei acompanhar as peripécias da pequena Araminta e ver seu espírito aventureiro. <3
Dec 29, 2010 Ruby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is really good so far
Ана Хелс
Каквото и да ви говорят, Хелоуин е празник за децата, не за кървави хорърчета с летящи като весели снежинки карантийки на пъпчиви тийнове, не за извънредно активиране на захарен колапс, не за аматьорско викане на Сатаната с помощта на кокоша кръв, изцедена от сурово пиле от хладилната витрина на супермаркета. Това е времето на малчуганите, които трябва да преодолят страховете си, да отдадат почит на отвъдното и нереалното, и принудят възрастните да се нахилят за една вечер повече, отколкото за ц ...more
Aug 29, 2007 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
on a scale of one to five, i'd probably be stretching a bit to give this book a 2.5, but i'd still probably give it that, if only for the vibe that it tries (but fails) to put across. on a scale of what the stars mean when you hold the cursor over them, however, it gets two, just because "it was okay."

it's the story of a young girl (araminta) who lives in a big, supposedly spooky house with her aunt (tabby) and her uncle (drac, who sleeps upside-down in a tower with bats during the day, though w
Sharon Tyler
My Haunted House is the first book in the Araminta Spookie children’s series written by Angie Sage and illustrated by Jimmy Pickering. The audiobook version is read by Katherine Kellgren. If you remember, I read the sixth book in this series, Gargoyle Hall, and felt like I had to go back and see how the whole series began. I was not disappointed. Araminta Spookie lives in a wonderful old haunted house, but her cranky aunt Tabby wants to move. Aunt Tabby is determined to sell their house and Aram ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Alvina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Aku selalu ingin menemukan jalan rahasia. Sekarang aku yakin, aku memiliki kunci menuju salah satu jalan rahasia

Araminta Spookie sangat kesal terhadap bibi Tabby. Pasalnya, Bibinya itu berniat menjual rumah mereka dan pindah ke apartemen. Memang sih, rumah mereka sangat besar dan menakutkan, bahkan Araminta berharap rumah itu benar benar berhantu sehingga tidak ada yang mau membelinya.

Saking kesalnya, di papan pemberitahuan "dijual" yang diletakkan di depan rumah, ia menulis bahwa rumahnya meng
Jul 17, 2011 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you afraid of ghost? Well, if yes, Araminta seems to the opposite. She has been looking for her own ghost for years. She live in Spookie House, with Aunt Tabby and Uncle Drac. One day, Aunt Tabby want them to move to another place. She was frustated about the boiler which likely caused troubles. She thought the Spookie House is a little bigger for three of them, she want them to move to the smaller place that she could handle.

Knowing that they have to move, Araminta arrange the plan to defen
Carolyn Coote
This is an enchantingly beautifully, but straight forward, little hard back that is aesthetically pleasing to hold and which focuses on Araminta Spookie, affectionately known as Minty who lives with her Aunt Tabby. The ink drawings are certainly a winning point in the book. Her aunt Tabby is definitely not right in the head and spends a large part of the novel yelling at and complaining about the boiler in the basement of the humungus, gothic house which they share with Sir Horace, a somewhat bo ...more
Ira Book Lover
Mar 18, 2016 Ira Book Lover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duuuh…sudah lama pengen baca buku ini. Sejak kenal dengan seri Septimus Heap, saya mencari-cari buku karangan Angie Sage yang lain. Senang sekali buku ini ternyata diterjemahkan ke dalam Bahasa Indonesia. Setelah lama nongkrong di rak wishlist, akhirnya kebeli juga.

Jadi ceritanya Araminta, seorang anak kecil yang pemberani dan … errrr …. terlalu aktif dan terlalu ingin tahu, tinggal di rumah tua yang dia harap berhantu. Araminta berusaha mencari hantu-hantu tersebut, namun sayang, sebelum menemu
Carie Juettner
I just discovered Miss Araminta Spookie and her delightful haunted house this summer, and it is so much fun! I was hooked from the very first paragraph:

“It all began when I was in my Thursday bedroom doing my ghost practice. I have always done regular ghost practice, as I was sure it would be much easier to find a ghost if the ghost thought that I was one too. I have always wanted to find a ghost, but you know, even though our house is called Spookie House, I have never, ever seen a single ghost
{My thoughts} – Araminta Spookie Lives in her very own haunted house with her Aunt Tabby and her Uncle Drac. She is an unusual girl that appears to have a different room in the house for a bedroom each day of the week. Since she is the only child that lives there she finds different ways to occupy her time. A lot of the things she likes to do, though end up getting her in trouble with her Aunt Tabby.

One morning her Aunt Tabby is in a mood and decides that she is fed up with the house they live i
Oct 22, 2015 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sudah lama tidak baca, memulai dari awal lagi.. itu berarti membaca buku yang ringan dan menyenangkan.
Beruntung di tumpukan ada buku anak ini.. (dengan gaya seperti berpidato dengan api.. ehh berapi-api..) saya katakan, "saya ingin baca buku yang ringan tidak njelimet, tidak repot, mudah dibawa2 kemanapun.. terlebih lagi ke toilet.. saya ingin sesuatu yang segar freshh bagai ikan di pasar dengan matanya yang jernih.. saya ingin menyenangkan hati kanak2 saya.. karena dia yang terpenting untukku..
Sep 13, 2016 Beka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A silly story about making a friend when it's least expected.
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