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Don't Call Them Ghosts: The Spirit Children of Fontaine Manse- A True Story

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  313 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews

In 1971, the author and her family moved into a historic home known as the Fontaine Manse. Two days after moving in, she and her husband had an extraordinary experience that left them with no doubt that unseen residents occupied the house, too.

This is the true story of how Kathleen McConnell came to know and care for the spirit children who lived in the attic of the mansi

Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 8th 2004 by Llewellyn Publications (first published August 1st 2004)
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Sep 10, 2007 Allison rated it did not like it
i love ghosts stories and can usually put up with mediocre writing if the story is spooky enough. this is not one of those cases. the author is a terrible writer, often saying the same thing 20 different ways in multiple paragraphs. she constantly belittles herself and adds details you wish she hadn't- i don't need to know every little detail of her husband's physique or the contents of her son's diaper. not sure if i'll get all the way through this one...
Jan 30, 2008 Jessica rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE!!!!!
The author's writing style was insufferable! She writes like a middle aged, mealy mouthed, housewife talking to a three year old child. She had no clue how to build up suspense. She included way too many details about EVERY LITTLE THING, whether it's relevant or not.I couldn't finish this book, it was horrible, just horrible. I don't understand how this got published.
Jul 09, 2008 John rated it liked it
Great story of a true haunting. I was frustrated by the fact that the author never gives us any information about who the children actually were; I infer that she chose not to share that information, as she asserts, towards the end, that they "were never laid to rest", so there's more she doesn't tell.
Jan 18, 2009 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Percayakah Anda akan adanya hantu? Kalau saya…hmmm, baca review-nya dulu ya :D Tapi kalau Anda penakut, segera tinggalkan halaman ini. A warning has just been spoken. Any anxiety caused by this review is no longer the reviewer’s responsibility. Hihihihihihi…..*kuntilanak beranak mode on*

Waktu kecil, saya sangat takut berada di tempat yang gelap karena saya merasa ada makhluk berwajah seram yang akan menangkap, menculik, atau mungkin mencelakakan saya. Mungkin hal ini terjadi karena anak tetangg
JL Smither
Jun 05, 2014 JL Smither rated it liked it
This book provides a first-hand account of living in a house haunted by the spirits of three children. After reading the whole thing, I still don’t have an opinion about whether Don’t Call Them Ghosts should be considered fiction or non-fiction, and it probably shouldn't matter. The author/narrator seems convinced, and presents her story the way she remembers it.

The author has a very different lifestyle than I do--she was raised in a different time, in a different part of the country, with very
Jun 18, 2015 Azra rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. Since I can't give a half star, I'll just round up to four.

On the face of it, it is an great - and unusual - story of a haunting and how the author struggled with her experiences before accepting what was going on with her house. However, the tone the author sometimes takes with her writing is irritating.

There are several places in the writing, most of them in the first 80 pages, where Ms. McConnell goes to great pains to let the reader know how wonderful
Nov 08, 2011 Nikki rated it did not like it
I now understand why I started this book and then put it down. I only recently picked it up and drove myself to finishing it. I was hoping for a good ghost story, but what I ended up with is more of the author telling their personal life story with some unusual events happening during it.

Strange things seem to happen in McConnell's house that she and her family move into. When these strange things start happening, she then decides to try and investigate what is actually going on in her home and
Sep 03, 2010 Vanessa rated it it was ok
I did not really enjoy this book. I'm not a fan of true ghost stories but someone gave me this book to read so I figured I'd give it a shot. It was boring, the author includes information about stuff that isn't even relevant to the main story. It seems like she just wanted to add more words to her book! I was hoping it would be spookier but it ended up being kind of hokey... I think it would have made a better magazine article.
Apr 24, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it
I thought this was a fascinating account of a family's interactions with 3 spirit children who live in their home. I also liked the bit of history of the Fontaine Manse in Louisville, Ky. I enjoyed this book very much.
Cheryln Bologna
Aug 12, 2011 Cheryln Bologna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves true ghost stories
This was a wonderful book. I usually read ghost books written by a paranormal researcher such as Hanz Holtzer or written by an author who did some research and interviewed others about their ghost experiences.

This time, the author, Kathleen McConnel, wrote in the first person. She wrote the way one would speak to another person. It wasn't just a was a direct narrative of what her experiences were in the Fontaine Manse. She had an amazing paranormal experience. The "other children" (d
Sitta Basoeki
Keluarga McConnell pindah ke rumah tua bernama Fontaine Manse. Dua hari setelah kepindahan, Kathleen dan suaminya mengetahui bahwa rumah mereka juga dihuni hantu. Walau tidak pernah berinteraksi secara verbal; dengan pengamatan yang sepenuh hati Kathleen menarik kesimpulan bahwa ada beberapa 'orang' hantu --dan mereka masih kanak-kanak. Merasa prihatin dengan nasib para hantu muda ini dan menyadari bahwa mereka telah ada lebih dahulu disana dibanding keluarganya, Kathleen bertekad hidup dengan d ...more
Feb 08, 2017 Katherine rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017
Now I'm going to be honest and say I didn't exactly finish this book. While it had interesting moments, its just not interesting enough for me to continue. It had interesting moments of her interacting with the ghosts but not interesting enough as a story.
Dec 13, 2008 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it it was amazing
One womans account of living in a haunted house back in the 1970s. This book is interesting not just as a recollection of interactions with the supernatural but it is also of interest as a family history and local Louisville, Kentucky history in particular the Portland neighborhood. The author interprets the spirits in her house as children. I probably would have interpreted them as Faeries/Nisse given the actions and goings on around that house were very Nisse like. Historically that neighborho ...more
I usually enjoy reading supernatural books; so i was recommended this book.
It's a true story about how this woman who moved into a house with his husband. They experienced something very great.. they took care of spirit children in the house. IN the beginnning of the story, i didn't really "get" into the book as i thought i would in every other story, mostly because i never heard of any supernatural story dealting with human beings "taking care" of spirit children. Usually, it's about how the s
Maura Satchell
Jul 31, 2015 Maura Satchell rated it liked it
Read it for the information contained within, not for the writing.
Kathleen McConnell had an interesting story to tell, and tell it she did, some 20-plus years after the fact. No doubt the memories and experiences were seared into her memory. Like other reviewers have noted, it's not professionally crafted. Still, it was a compelling read and I finished it quickly. My favorite part was a segment after the conclusion of the book in which her children recorded their impressions and observations of
May 25, 2008 an rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoar
klo da ibu tiri...
kesan awal pasti jahat (versi bawang merah bwang putih)...
tapi g semua ibu tiri jahat, bukti na para ibu yg mengasuh anak angkat...
malah mereka lebih baik dr ibu kandung yg tak jarang membuang anak" na sembarangan....

ibu tiri baik hati seperti itu, wajar...
tapi gimana klo ni ibu g cuma merawat anak sendiri tapi juga anak orang lain yg dah ditinggal mati ortu na...
dan lebih na pula bahwa anak" tersebut jg dah mati, alis hantu....

saat orang" serem ma hantu, ibu 1 ini malah merawa
Jun 24, 2012 Marcela rated it it was ok
I knocked this book out in a day. Very slow read. The story line has a lot of potential but does not deliver. I really want to know the story behind these ghost children but there are no answers. Also, author claims not to be a psychic, however the conclusions she draws about the ghost kids make absolutely no sense unless she was? I really wanted to the history of the Fontain Manse, but not a lot is provided. What got me thrgh was my curiosity! Still a good read though. Maybe I'm not a mystery k ...more
Jun 20, 2008 Hava rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ghost story lovers!
I ran across Don’t Call Them Ghosts: The Spirit Children of Fontaine Manse on accident at the library tonight, and decided that it looked interesting enough to preview on my 15 minute break. I was instantly hooked. It was almost physically painful to close the book after 15 minutes... Click here to continue
Jul 13, 2010 Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis rated it it was ok
Shelves: ghosts
Not terrible but you could tell that this book was written by someone who was not used to writing. Most of the book was about her family and very little of it was about the "spirit children". The book left you feeling like there was more to the story that you hadn't been told. The ending seemed rushed and unbelievable, almost like the author just added what she wanted to happen and not what really happened. There are much better "haunted house" books, in my opinion.
Annisa Widyawati
I read this book when I was in Junior High School. This book is awesome! I do believe in ghosts -well, my belief makes me believe it, but living with them is sort of an impossible thing, however, McConnels did it. I like the character of the baby ghost anyway. I keep imagining if he were real -in a human body- he would be very cute. Over all, I'm looking forward to reading this book again so madly! Still trying to find it in my campus library, though.
Aug 19, 2008 Rika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ini buku hibah dari Bos gue, eh mantan Bos sekarang :D.
Diangkat dari kisah nyata, pengalaman luar biasa seorang Ibu yang 'mengasuh' tiga hantu anak yang tinggal di rumahnya... Bagian terakhirnya sediiiiih..., yang jelas gue gak minat mengalami hal yang sama seperti Kathleen Mc Connell ini, syerem lah yaw..

Tapi, kok terjemahannya gak enak ya... gue sering gak ngerti maksudnya apa.. udah gitu typo merata di mana-mana, parah banget..
Diah Putri
Dec 18, 2009 Diah Putri rated it it was amazing
at first, it kinda scary to read this novel. I tried not to read it at night. But after read it, it was great. It's about a family who just moved into a new house, a haunted house. But that haunted house gave the mother a great experience. The ghosts are 3 children, one of them is a baby. kathleen love and take care of them, her additional '3 kids'. A strong bond connect them all. Many sweet experience happened and you'll find touchy moments. people should read this!!
Feb 24, 2008 Redgeorgiadawg rated it really liked it
Perfect read for a spooky, true, ghost story. No macabe death scenes here.
Takes place in Ky. The author is not a good writer. That is part of the charm of this story. You can tell she wrote her own story.
Interesting epilogue includes addtional information and accounts about others that lived with her when the haunting occurred.
|Lala| :)
Oct 02, 2008 |Lala| :) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes ghosts stories.
Wow!!! I loved this book. It was awesome and sooo interesting. =] I have to admit that i cried at the end a little because it was so emotional and it had a great ending. Its about this woman and her family move into what seems a great home. Until she starts to realize ghosts are sharing the house wit her in the attic. Theyre not the "spooky" kind though. This is truley a great ghost story!
Jan 27, 2011 Margy rated it really liked it
Very interesting nonfiction about a family who moves into an old Victorian that also houses a little family of child spirits .... over the years the Mom befriends them and eventually helps them cross over. It was very good, and I became very attached to the spirit children, but don't think I could have faced the situation with the calm and conviction that she displayed.
Tracy Walters
Aug 07, 2011 Tracy Walters rated it it was amazing
I wanted to be skeptical when I started reading this book, but by the end I was so has a very emotional ending and Kathleen is one of the nicest and most kind people I have ever read about. It makes you feel like you have missed out on life because you have not had such an experience. It was a great book....very interesting and I enjoyed reading it very much.
Aug 14, 2015 Allie rated it really liked it
This was a great read!

It's not as creepy as the title sounds. You really get to understand and feel for Kathy who fell in love with this house and ends up finding out it's 3 spirits of children that live in their new home.

My heart ache for the children. Kathy bonds with the children. It was a wonderful book :)
Jun 10, 2010 Serrin rated it really liked it
Lovely true story about a family growing up in the Fontaine Manse in the 1970's. Choppy writing but I chalked that up to the inexperience of the author and her just trying to get her story out. I was able to visualize the spirit children and was able to feel the warmth and love she showed toward these children as well. Wonderfully quick read that may leave you a little misty eyed.
Mar 28, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I love a good ghost story but this was so much more than that. It gave me chills, made me laugh, made me cry. The author provided so much feeling and compassion for these small beings trapped in their world.
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