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Just before summer begins, 13-year-old Ali finds an odd photograph in the attic. She knows the two children in it are her mother, Claire, and her aunt Dulcie. But who’s the third person, the one who’s been torn out of the picture?

Ali figures she’ll find out while she’s vacationing in Maine with Dulcie and her four-year-old daughter, Emma, in the house where Ali’s mother’s...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 21st 2007 by Clarion Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nidhi
This book is very good it is more like a mystery and a ghost story if you want to read it CHECK IT OUT!!
Jennifer
It is creepy!!!!!!! But a great book about friendship and is very mystrious.
Kaitlyn
Deep and Dark and Dangerous
By: Mary Downing Hahn
Review By: Kaitlyn

Have you ever read something that was so deep and dark and dangerous, as this book, Deep and Dark and Dangerous? Author Mary Downing Hahn wrote this spectacular, wonderful, amazing ghost adventure!
Some important character is this story is:

*Dulcie
*Ali
*Sissy
*Emma
*Mom

Ali discovers an old, old photo of three little girls sitting on a bench. Ali knows one is her Aunt Dulcie and the other is her mom, but she is puzzled by the third g...more
Mahathi
This book was a wonderful story. There was so much that you could get from it. There was happiness, horror, and laughter all mixed in. Also some sadness. The creepiness of the story brought among the main suspense of the story along with the mystery of the new characters and new conflicts. During some times i felt like popping into the book and dealing with the situations myself since i felt they were not strongly dealt with although that was probably the author's point to make sure the story co...more
Angie
So Far, I've Read That A Girl Name Ali Was looking Through Her Dead Grandmas Stuff, And Found A Book To Read, She Was Flipping Through the Book And Found A Picture That Was Torn. She Saw That Her Mom Claire And Her Aunt Dulcie. She Saw A Arm Lying On Her Aunt Dulcie's Shoulder, And Wondered Who It Was. She Looked On the Back To Find Names, She Saw Her Mom's Name, Claire, Her Aunt's Name, Dulcie, And She Saw A Letter T. Like The Rest Of The Body Was Torn, The Name Was To. She Asks Her Mom Who It...more
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Mar 13, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ages 10 to 15
Ali is invited to spend the summer at the family’s old cottage up in Maine, watching her four-year-old niece Emma for her aunt Dulcie. But Ali’s mom is dead against it, saying the lake is too dangerous, and that it’s a dark and rainy place to have a miserable summer. She refuses to talk about her own childhood there, or who the third girl in the old photo Ali finds of her mom and Dulcie as kids at the lake.
But Dulcie and Ali wear her down, and Ali goes off to Maine, where she finds her mother w...more
Lauren Fidler
blech.

so, here is this book in a nutshell:


claire: no, you can't go to the beach house! it's bad! water is bad! everything is bad! ouch! my head hurts!
ali: mom, you're, like, soooo over-protective!
pete: ali, you can go!
dulcie: ali, you will serve as my 13yr old au pair all summer. in return, you will have all your emotional needs ignored and i will have all the time in the world to paint creepy pictures of the lake in my studio.
emma: i'm lonely!
sissy: i'm cold and lonely. and dead. come play with...more
Natalie
This book, Deep and Dark and Dangerous is about a girl named Ali who finds an old photograph of three kids one is her mom the other is her aunt Dulcie but the third person is torn from the picture. Ali has about 2 months to figure out who the third person is because she is spending that time in a beach house her mom and aunt used to stay in when they were kids. Ali wanted to go to the beach with her aunt because she wanted to babysit her little cousin and she wanted to find out who the third per...more
Sammy
I truly loved and enjoyed this book if you are looking for a great book READ THIS!!!!!
Sam
This book is a GREAT example of a good ghost story. It talks about questions about the past, left unanswered, and creepy run-ins with ghosts! And to top it all off, it's got an eerie setting. This book is about a thirteen-year old girl named Ali who finds a photo of her Aunt Dulcie, her Mom, and the mystery girl, who's been torn out of the picture who's name seems to start with a "T". Her aunt then invites her to go with her and her daughter, Cousin Emma's lake cottage for the summer. At first,...more
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Aug 28, 2009 xXxDyingxinside83xXx rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
The Book: Deep and Dark and Dangerous, by Mary Downing Hahn is About Ali O'Dwyer. Ali lives with her overprotective depressed mother, and hardworking father. Ali loves to read, but one day she couldnt find anything to read. So she went upstairs and picked out a book from an old box. The book contained an old, Ripped up, photograph that shows Claire, Dulcie , and what seems to be another girl's arm. the rest is ripped up. Then Gets more info from Her Aunt Dulcie in a cabin in the same area Teresa...more
Crissy
I choose to read this book because the cover had a interesting picture on the front and it looked misterious and full of mysteries. This book is fiction. It takes place at a lake house. The main character is Ali she is thirteen and she is curious and likes to read and misterious. Ali goes to her mom her sisters lake house that went to all the time when they were kids to watch over Dulcies daughter Emma and Emma starts having these dreams that she see bones at the bottom of the lake. Then they me...more
Samantha O
I just finished reading this fabulous book. Out of a one through a ten, I would definetly give it a ten! It's about a girl named Ali, she finds a book in the attic and a picture falls out. The picture is torn and she realized that thiat is her mom and her aunt, but there is someone else she cant make out beacuse that piece is torn off. She turns the picture around and it says her moms name and her aunts name, and the torn part just says T. She know there was someone else there with them so when...more
Jim
Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story, by author Mary Downing Hahn, is a supernatural thriller that you may not want to read while you're alone... because if you do you'll probably just fall asleep.

Ali and Emma are two young cousins who are going to spend the summer together in their moms' old cabin in the mountains of Maine. Emma's mother, Dulcie, is the sister of Ali's mother, Claire. Dulcie is an artist who's seeking solitude from big city life so she can concentrate on her paintings. S...more
Taylor Pet
I have recently finished reading the book Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn, a fantastic ghost story! In this story a girl named Ali is invited to go to Maine with her cousin Emma and her aunt, Dulcie. Ali knows her mother spent a lot of time here when she was a child. But her mother failed to inform Ali that a lot of bad things here, she just tells Ali "It's not fun, it just rainy and cold” (10). This doesn't stop Ali though, she makes the decision to go with her aunt. Unfortunat...more
Emily
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Thirteen year old Ali wants so badly to go to Maine for the summer. But her mother wanted her to be as far away from her families cottage in Maine as she possibly could. With lots of pleading from Alis' young cousin, Emma, and her Aunt Dulcie her mother reluctantly agreed. Ali was looking forward to spending the summer away from home and working for her aunt as Emma's babysitter. When they arrive everything was just as Aunt Dulcie had remembered, except for the name Teresa. Th...more
Andrea Vazquez
Deep and Dark and Dangerous is fiction and mystery is a really good book and the story takes place in Main.

The main character Ali is a young girl who lives her mom and dad but her mom has so issues she gets upset about everything and she gets this migraines and she is always locked up in her room when she has the migraines. her dad is very nice and he is a hardworking man who loves ali very much. One day when Ali was looking around in the attic she finds this old picture and she recognizes her...more
Bridgette Ramsey
A picture from the past will get you wondering. If you did not know the people in it you would ask yourself, “who are these people?” You would also ask “What are they doing?” You may also ask “Where are they at?” Photographs get you thinking and wondering. That is exactly what happened to Ali in the story Deep and Dark and Dangerous. Mary Downing Hahn’s Deep and Dark and Dangerous amazed me with its eerie style and suspenseful story.

The theme of the book is friendship and the truth. It teaches y...more
Annika
"Deep and Dark an Dangerous" is mostly focused on a girl named Ali, her younger cousin Emma, Emma's artistic mother, Dulcie, and a mysterious little girl with a very nasty personality, named Sissy. When Ali finds a picture of her mother, her aunt, and another person that had been ripped out, her mom seems to become ever more sensitive than usual. Then Ali find herself on an adventure to find out who the mysterious 3rd girl is, when her Aunt Dulcie brings her along to where she and Ali's mom, Cla...more
Lauren
Deep Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn is an excellent book if you're interested in paranormal books! It all started when the main character Ali was looking through her mom's old photographs. She finds a photo of her mother and siblings but then notices, there is someone ripped out of the photo. When Ali asks her mom, her mom acts as if she doesn't know what she's talking about. That summer Ali goes to the lake to spend the summer with her aunt and her cousin. This is the same lake her mom...more
Stacie N
"That lake is deep and dark and dangerous..."

Suspenseful and eerie, Deep and Dark and Dangerous will surely leave you on edge.
Thirteen year old Ali finds an old photo of her mother, Claire, and Aunt Dulcie at Gull Cottage, their lake house...but there's another girl in the photo that was ripped out, merely left with the letter "T". Dulcie and Claire act like there never was a "T", but Ali knows something's up, so when overprotective Claire finally allows Ali to go to Gull Cottage with Dulcie...more
Vision capone paul
the book is very spooky. it makes you want to keep reading just from the first chapter. you never know when the girls comes back , theres alot of questions such as to where the little girl lives and where she is from? the cut out pictuere in the begining makes you vthink where did the little girl go in the piture and what is those two letters on the back? i enjoyed it very well. alot of stuf in the book captured my attention such the missing person in the picture and the lake. of course i would...more
Diane
I chose this book because it looked like I would like it. I think the book fiction. It took place at a cottage and by a lake. The main character is Ali she is about the age 13. She helps her aunt out by baby sitting her niece. Her mom and she are different but when her mom was about her age she used to be the same as Ali. Ali met sissy and does not like her because she thinks she’s a bad influence on Emma. Since sissy came around Ali and Emma have not been that close. The plot summary is that A...more
Elise Bowman
It is an amazing ghost story, with Sissy, Emma and another girl i cant remeber her name right now though but she is an amazing character in this story! Sissy on the other hand is very bossy, and wants Emma to do whatever she wants her to do......Emma she is just a little kid with a painter mother, and she travels every where! During reading i found out Sissy was a ghost when she said "You cant drown twice." Her real name was Teresa...... and Emma's mom and the other girl's mom drown her, and the...more
Sherlin
This book was so amazing i never wanted to stop reading it .Its a mysterious book with such great detail plus it can be sad so it causes u the reader to have a twist of emotions through out the whole book.I want to read it again and never stop It has such great detail you can imagine like if its a movie and its sad in the beginning and pretty scary too and at the end it will be a happy time i even shed some tears if you want to read a great book i recommend this book
Calleen Eberly
this book was great and kept my on the edge of my seat one of the best horror stories i have read 10/10 or 5/5 id your please take my advice and read this great book by mary downing hahn
Sarah
ummm...
When her mom was little and her sister The used to have a friend where they would stay. And her name was Sissy. sissy died when they were little because she fell off a boat. Now when her mom grows up and her moms sister. Her sister wants to bring her child there and Allie. When they go there they see sissy but dont know its her And allie tries to find out who she is. She changes allie cusions life. Now allie find out who she is a ghost of when Her mom and her moms sister where little and...more
Samantha Fletcher
Very Very good book. It was probably one of my favorite books I have read.
Jessica
Very creepy and well written. The antagonist reminded me of a particularly nasty student I taught this year, which made me really glad that its summer.
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