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The Haunting

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  813 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Lia comes from a long line of courageous women, dating back to a Civil War survivor who single-handedly saved her Louisiana plantation house, Graymoss, from destruction. But Graymoss is haunted by a terrible evil.

With clues from a diary and Favorite Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Lia, who doesn't feel as if she's inherited any family genes of courage, must figu
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Yearling (first published 1998)
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Danielle Bucholtz
"The Haunting" is a fictional book about a girl, Lia, whose parents want to move to a house called Graymoss, which was willed to Lia's mother by her great-grandmother when she died. Lia finds out some interesting things about Graymoss that start to worry her. Once she visits the new house, she experiences events that warn her of something haunting the house. "The Haunting" is another book that I have completed from the Joan Lowery Nixon book series. In my opinion, "The Haunting" was not as enjoy ...more
Sep 23, 2008 Nadia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every that is in 5th and above
the book was great. It is a great mystery. It is about lia and how her great grandma left her family the house. But it is haunted. She wants to get ride of it but how?
The Haunting
Joan Lowry Nixon

Are you a young reader who loves mysteries about ghosts and haunted houses. Then you should read The Haunting, written by Joan Lowry Nixon. If you have ever read any books by Nixon, then you know she has been called the grande dame of young adult mysteries. With more than a hundred books, some being Murdered, my sweet and Don’t Scream. The story follows fifteen-year-old Lia Starling. She talks about how all of her female ancesters are very brave and then there was her
Lia's great-grandmother has recently died, but before she died she told Lia about Graymoss. Graymoss is to go to Lia's mother, but Lia's great-grandmother warns to never go to Graymoss because of the terrible evil that haunts the seemingly peaceful plantation.
Lia's parents do not believe in ghosts and so they don't believe in the stories of the hauntings of Graymoss. Even after reading the diary of an ancestor who once lived in the house and experienced it's evils they still don't believe. Her p
Michelle Miller
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Emma-Lee  Buffington
This book was suggested to me by mom. This setting takes place in the current time in at a plantation named Graymoss in Louisiana. Graymoss is a magnificent ,vintage and huge. Complete with columns and a filled garden.

Back during the Civil War Charlotte Belvins and her grandfather lived in Graymoss. They read the Favorite Tales of Edgar Allan Poe book together days upon end. Their renter Mr. Slades had then stole their precious jewelry. If things couldn't get worse Graymoss was threated to be bu
Taylor Fenner
Jan 03, 2013 Taylor Fenner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love mystery books
When Lia's great-grandmother dies she leaves her a cryptic message: She must save the plantation that has been in their family since before the Civil War.

Lia's grandmother wants the old Graymoss Plantation to be demolished and her parents want to modernize it and fill it with lots of adopted children; but Lia fears the "evil" said to haunt the halls every night.

Equipped with her great-great-great-grandmother Charlotte's journal, a tattered copy of 'Favorite Tales of Edgar Allan Poe', and the he
Alec Price
I thought the book was very intense, and the story line as it went from problem to problem you would become flabbergasted as you read along in this thriller of a book. I didn't really like it though. It didn't keep you into the story line and I became bored with the book. When the grandmother dies she leaves the house to her grand daughter and but is actually talking to her great grand daughter. and when her grandma tries to sell the place she wont let her becuase it was hers to keep and she int ...more
This is a book my 11 year old was interested in reading. She had two chapters left and so I picked it up to see what it was about. The story started out promising, but I figured out the ending well before the main character, which is always a little disappointing. There were phrases that were repeated over and over in the text which droned on and on and on, and the ending didn't come soon enough. The big showdown at the end was rather anti-climatic, but as far as "not-so-spooky, spooky stories" ...more
Title: The Haunting
Author: Joan Lowery Nixon
A mysterious but enchanting tale of an old plantation house Graymoss, which was never knocked down or destroyed because of the presence of ghosts that lingered around the house. The magnitude of ghosts that were present in the house was so frightening that everyone who had ever passed through it either died or never wanted to return. What they did not know however was the owner o9f the house had died and was seeking help and his spirit could not rest
Wesley S.
i am a big fan of joan lowery nixon,but i got to admit that this book is one of her best books that she ever wrote. its basicly about a girl that recently found out fascinating secrets and trying to find out what the evil spirits want and trying to get rid of them.
I would really like to reread this book, as I haven't actually seen a copy since...I want to say grade 6. It was one of my first "scary stories" and I remember loving it. Time to pick it up again and see if it's still as good!
I would give this book another half of a star if I could, but I found the plot too predictable. Anyone who has read Poe could figure out the ending by the first couple of chapters. I liked the growth of the Lia's character.
This was a terrible book. The writing itself was very badly done, not to mention the story. It was written in a very vague manner that didn't make a whole lot of sense. For example, Lia's mother wanting to adopt 24 children. The woman spends some amount of time in the book exclaiming about it without once caring how unwanted it makes her daughter feel, even though she's a therapist. At one point she even says that the government will give her money to raise them so it's okay. The whole thing is ...more
The Haunting....First of all would like to say that Ms.Nixon's writing style is very captivating, engrossing, however one may say it...The book keeps you turning the pages from the very first page..The protagonists's character is well defined, one can relate to her feelings, thoughts and the rest of the characters are fine too, though i found the mother a trifle annoying at times due to her adamant nature..I am an avid reader of ghost stories and would stress that this is one of the best of that ...more
Elizabeth Hanks
This book is a good quick read. A bit predictable but well written.
Definitely my least favourite of Joan Lowery Nixon's books.
Jacqui Buhr
Loved this book. Very descriptive and kinda scary.
t was really good you'll have to read it
Great ending, but I belive it deserves a sequal.
Jackie Leeds
It was preety good. You should read it!!
White Witch
this is a really great book!! i loved it!
This was ok, but a little weird.
May 06, 2009 Deb rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults, haunting buffs
Shelves: own
I wanted to grab a quick read, and this book fit the bill perfectly at 184 pages. It's about a 15 year old girl whose mother inherits a haunted house, Graymoss, in Louisiana and plan to adopt a bunch of hard-to-adopt children with her husband and live there. Problem is, Lia isn't crazy about that idea. The walls whisper one word over and over which no one can quite figure out, the designs on the ceiling turn into hissing and spitting monsters, invisible hands reach out and grab at people's hair ...more
Sean D
I enjoyed the book The Haunting very much. I would give this book 4/5 stars. I would definitely recommend it to you. Three reasons why I would recommend this book to you is because of the fear factor, personal narrative and the way the book ended.

The fear factor was definitely very enjoyable for me. There were many ghosts whispering into Lia’s (the main characters) ears. Lia would always see dead bodies out of the corner of her eye and then look and they wouldn’t be there. Lia also lives in a ho
Rosie Jean Jenkins
This book wasn't really good, but I kind of liked it a little bit. This book is about a house that a girl named Charollet used to live in and now she doesn't now. So she wants to keep the house in a good condition, and her grandfather was shot and she would write in her diary about the house. Lia is trying to keep the house in a good condition and she wants to imagine faces in the house and she doesn't want to live in the house. They consider the house as graymoss and there are secrets about the ...more
I picked this book up to read based solely on the cover art and the ridiculously cheesy synopsis. And I was not disappointed (in terms of my first impression). The concept was interesting if not terribly simple. I mean, yes, it is young adult but it doesn't need to be that straight forward. I saw the ending coming a mile away and yet I still plunged right off a cliff. With all the build (along with needless repetition) the whole thing was resolved in about two pages. Completely and totally. No p ...more
This is the second book that I read on Dewey's Read-A-Thon. I got through this one the quickest. This was a great book and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

Lia's grandmother passed away and left a house called Graymoss to Lia's mother. Lia's mother wants to move in and adopt a bunch of kids and they can all live there. The only problem is that it is possessed. Lia looked for clues in her great, great grandmother's diary and an old copy of Favorite Tales of Edgar Allan Poe to try to figure out who or
Solid teen horror novel.
Sophia Lin
Osm, Still my fav author, JLN! (Joan Lowery Nixon)
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Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of h ...more
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