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My Haunted House (Araminta Spook #1)

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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 might work!
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published October 6th 1994)
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Brad
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
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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
Kathryn
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
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Dolly
Oct 24, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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cindy
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
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Ginger Smith
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
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
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Owen
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
Tracie
Aug 16, 2007 Tracie rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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Alvina

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
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Keeley (ABibliophilesJourney)
Araminta Spookie live with her Aunt Tabby and Uncle Drac. Uncle Drac likes to sleep during the day in a sleeping bag that hangs from the ceiling along with his bats. Aunt Tabby can't stop cleaning their giant house and is getting fed up with it. After cleaning for the last time, Aunt Tabby decides that she is going to sell their home so they can live somewhere newer that will be easier to take care of.

Araminta is determined to not let this happen. Araminta has a lot of adventures left to begin
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Luanne Hatcher
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.
ijul (yuliyono)
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!
Tiffany
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.
Ladiibbug
#1 Araminta Spooky series - Children's book

Fun and entertaining book about Araminta Spooky, who lives in a haunted house with her Uncle Drac (who loves his bats) and Aunt Tabby. There's an empty suit of armor that turns out to be where Sir Horace, a ghost, lives. He's very friendly, but his suit of armor is constantly falling to pieces.

I liked this a lot! When Aunt Tabby gets fed up with boiler problems and puts the house up for sale, Araminta plans a series of Awful Ambushes and schemes to scar
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Robert
Mar 27, 2009 Robert rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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!
Elizabeth Slater
I enjoyed this book purely because it's new. The content and context of the story is very imaginative and despite the book not being overly descriptive (anywhere), it is a very enjoyable book. I think that the man reason for it not being very descriptive is because it is told from a child's point of view and that's understandable.

All of the characters in this book are very well created and my personal favourite is Uncle Drac. Despite not eiing in this book very much, he is a funny, yet daring ch
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Ruby
this book is really good so far
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
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Ana
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
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Beth A.
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, a
...more
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
Tanairis
Im on pg.97 so far and i love it. This book is mostly about a girl named Araminta Spookie she lives with her aunt and uncle(Tabby,Drac) and they want to sell there big house because its only 3 people and the house is really dusty and it has alot of bats, and the bolier room is going out of control. Also, everytime a real estate person comes to the house Araminta always has a plan to mess everything up. Armainta is always messing everything up because she does'nt want to move to a small house. Al ...more
Glimmerfee
Araminta lebt zusammen mit ihrer Tante Tabby, Onkel Drac und einer Menge Fledermäusen in einem herrlichen alten Haus, dass so ganz nach Aramintas Geschmack ist. Tante Tabby ist leider nicht so begeistert und nach einem wiederholten Kampf mit dem alten Boiler, beschließt sie das Haus zu verkaufen, aber sie hat ihre Rechnung ohne Araminta gemacht, die um ihr Zuhause kämpfen will.

Der Auftakt zu einer niedlichen Kinderbuch-Serie. Lebt Pippi Langstrumpf in der Villa Kunterbunt, so hat Araminta in die
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James
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
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Adele Broadbent
Araminta Spook loves her big spooky old house – except for the fact that she hasn’t found any ghosts, werewolves or vampires in it yet.

So when Aunty Tabby (Minty lives with her Aunt Tabby and Uncle Drac because her parents never returned from a visit to Transylvania) decides to sell the house because she is sick of cleaning and fixing the house’s ancient boiler – Minty does everything she can to stop the sale.

Great illustrations with a feisty, funny main character.
Leigh Isley
I picked this book because it is a High Interest-Low Reading Level young adult (teenage) book. Although a easy read it was full of mystery and goofiness. Araminta Spookie is a young girl who lives with her Aunt Tabby and Uncle Drac. Araminta wants their house to be a haunted house so bad that she spends most of her time ghost hunting. Uncle Drac sleeps upside down with his pet bats all day in the boiler room. Aunt Tabby wants nothing better than to sell the house because Uncle Drac doesn't help ...more
Sara
This book was really geared toward younger kids, but I enjoyed it a lot. It was a fast read. I thought that the artwork was really well done. The only part of the book I thought was odd was (view spoiler) Other than that, I liked this book a lot! The back of the book says it is recommended for children aged 7-10, which sounded like an appropriate age group to me. A great read!
Brenda
From the author of Septimus Heap comes a series geared toward the 8 to 10 year old. Araminta Spookie
lives in a large old house with her Aunt Tabby and Uncle Drac, along with some spiders, bats and an old suit of armor called Sir Horace. Araminta has always wanted to find a ghost and she believes that there is one in her house. One problem, Aunt Tabby has decided that it is time to sell the house because the boiler room has become unmanageable and she has had enough. Araminta tries to come up wi
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Tommy Hancock
A solid kid's book. While added depth would make me rate higher, the absence doesn't make me rate lower because it will still work well for its intended age group. For anyone older than, say, 12, though, this is a hard book for me to recommend. Any younger than that, though, will likely enjoy the book. It's particularly appropriate right around this time of year(Halloween).

Also, the artwork is awesome.
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Angie Sage (born 1952) is the author of the Septimus Heap series which includes Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre, the final book which is scheduled to come out later in 2013. Also, she wrote The Magykal Papers, an additional book with extra information about Septimus' world. She is also the illustrator and/or writer of many children's books, and is the new writer of the Araminta ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Araminta Spook (6 books)
  • The Sword in the Grotto (Araminta Spookie, #2)
  • Frognapped (Araminta Spookie, #3)
  • Vampire Brat (Araminta Spookie, #4)
  • Ghostsitters (Araminta Spookie, #5)
  • Gargoyle Hall: An Araminta Spookie Adventure
Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1) Flyte (Septimus Heap, #2) Physik (Septimus Heap, #3) Queste (Septimus Heap, #4) Syren (Septimus Heap, #5)

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