The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story
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Diana and her little brother Georgie have been living in the woods behind the old Willis place, a decaying Victorian mansion, for what already seems like forever. They aren't allowed to leave the property or show themselves to anyone. But when a new caretaker comes to live there with his young daughter, Lissa, Diana is tempted to break the mysterious rules they live by and...more
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Published February 20th 2009 by Brilliance Corporation (first published September 20th 2004)
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Kaity
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Amy
Diana and Georgie live in the woods surrounding crumbling Oak Hill Manor, bound by a strict set of rules. The reason for the rules is vague, but that doesn't make them any less binding. First and foremost, Diana and Georgie aren't allowed to talk to anyone else. Usually that's not a problem, since Oak Hill Manor is abandoned and folks tend to stay away due to the rumors of ghosts and evil spirits. But then a new caretaker arrives along with his daughter Lissa. Diana knows she's not supposed to t...more
Arminzerella
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☺Trish
The Old Willis Place is a well-written and very quick read that contains enough mystery, surprises, and chills to entertain most of its targeted audience (middle-grade readers). Mary Downing Hahn has written an interesting and touching ghost story featuring two siblings, Diana and Georgie, who live in the woods that border the old Willis place (which is reputedly haunted - something spooky is definitely going on there!). Lissa, the daughter of the Willis property's new caretaker and Diana become...more
Annehobdy
IT IS SUPER GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love it sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...more
Crissy
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Ronda ♥
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Jaina
Okay, now I feel slightly guilty for giving it just one star. But honestly? I didn't like it.

Maybe it's just not the genre for me, but this book is supremely creepy. I was maybe eleven or twelve when I first read it, and while it didn't give me nightmares (I never get nightmares from books, ever), it did give me a hard time going to sleep for a while. I listened to this new CD I had just got every night (coincidentally, I hadn't planned that - it was my listening to music at bedtime stage), and...more
Samantha
Two children live in the woods surrounding an old abandoned house. They are alone expect for the times when a groundskeeper comes to live there. The newest one bring a young daughter with him. One of the children, Diana, is excited at the possibility of having a new friend. Her brother, Georgie, thinks this is a bad idea. He thinks it will break the vague rules they live by. It may also anger the other person still lurking around the property.

When I started this book, I thought the children wer...more
Tori Richards
Diana and her little brother Georgie have lived near this old, Victorian house for a long time. Caretakers try to take care of the mansion, but they always come, then soon go. What makes them leave? Diana and Georgie just like to mess with them, like stealing their TV remote and changing channels while the caretakers watch. They never do real harm. Caretakers insist they can hear a spirit in the mansion. They say it is haunted. Is it? Diana and Georgie never took a second thought to that house....more
Ashley
This book was really good! It was a very interesting story and was surprising in the end. I really enjoyed this book. If you like creepy, mysterious stories, then this is the book for you.

This book is about a girl named Diana and her brother named Georgie. They live on a farm called oak hill manor. Them and their parents used to live there together, but then "the bad thing happened" which I'm not gonna tell you what "the bad thing" is. The caretakers that come, Lissa and her father, become Dian...more
Tyler Crews
I chose this book, beause i like books that are scarey.The setting of this book was at this old farm.there three main chaters in this book there names are daina,lisa, and gargie. danina and gargie are brohter and sister.This book is about this girl name daina and her brothe name gargie. They live in the woods of the fram and ther are not alound to leave the farm or talk to any one but each other.Then daina want a friend ,so she made friends with this girl name lisa who dad is the caretake of the...more
Jake
First off, let me just say that randomly getting a book handed to you when you still have ten books to read can be slightly irritating. *Evil glare at lender* Ok, now that that's over with I must say I've never read a ghost story before. Slightly ironic, wouldn't you people who know me agree? Anyway, it was a good book. Though you can guess what will happen fairly easily, you still get amazingly caught up in the scenes. For example, in one of the exploration scenes, I literally leaned into the b...more
Ivy
Lissa Morrison is a young girl who comes to live with her father as caretakers of the old Willis place, a run-down country house at the edge of the woods. Diana and Georgie Eldrige have been living in those woods for many years and Diana is excited that the new caretaker has a girl just her age to be friends with. But things aren't as they seem and the old Willis place keeps a very dark secret which Lissa must discover for the sake of her new friends. Can she help them before it's too late?

Very...more
Lozjanag
So.. I just finished THe Old Willis Place: A ghost story. And I have to say this book is the the BEST book I ever read. It's a bout a girl and a boy Dianna and GEorgie who live in in a field where there is a mansion that an old lady died in. A caretaker and his daughter Lisa move in near the mansion. When Dianna becomes friends with Lissa she puts her and her brother's "life" in danger . Breaking the rules she had recieved had deadly consequences . This book is just awesome I read if in like 2 d...more
Katie Durow
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Savannah
One of my all time faviorte books!!! I would give this book 5 stars I wish that there were at least 1 or 2 more book to add to the serires!!!I would so read every last book made for that book!!! I would recomend the author Mary Downing Hahn!!!!She is one of my all time faviote authors!!!! I have all so read another of her books it's called All The Lovly Bad Ones I would all so recomend that book!!! I really hope to read more of her books!!!!!
Caren
The narrator of the book is a 12 year old girl.Miss Willis got mad with her and her brother George, and locked them in a small room in the front yard. The children die there, but weren't ever found.Good choice got Halloween.
Haley
Mar 23, 2010 Haley is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This book is good. I am not really sure I stopped reading it! Oh! Yes I am, probably because one of my BFFs reads books so o fast then tells me that they are sooo good! You know who you are! cough! Genes!
Kelsey
it was good! great ending!
Breanna F
The Old Willis Place

The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn, is a creepy thriller that you can't put down.

Diana and Georgie are two ghost children who been living in the woods, after they died from their unsolved murder. Waiting for their parents return.
They take no risks, and don't plan on breaking the rules. That is until a new family comes.
Diana and Georgie live across the haunted house, called the Old Willis place, which was where Miss. Lilian lived. Once she was getting old, she needed ca...more
Maddy Brown
Diana and Georgie live by rules bound upon them from an unknown source or person they were just put in their heads right after the "bad time" they're simple rules with unknown cosiquences. Stay away from the Oak Hill Manor (The Old Willis Place), do not leave the grounds, and do not be seen by anyone. Which is an easy rule to follow until Lissa moves in with her dad and her loyal dog MacDuff move in as the new caretakers of the grounds. Lissa is appears to be about 12 the same age as Diana or l...more
Aysha
The title of this book is THE OLD WILLIS PLACE. The author of this book is Downing Hahn. The book is a fictional mystery.
The main characters are Dianna and George. The main characters lived by themselves. They both went to people's house to get their things. When Lissa and her father moved in, Dianna went and got Lissa's bike and teddy bear to give to her little brother. Dianna wanted to be Lissa's friend but George said that she can't break the rules nor the promise they had. My favorite char...more
Heather Frahm
Oct 15, 2010 Heather Frahm added it  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone if you like scary things!
Recommended to Heather by: no one
bIt was so good at first and the ending.
was unbelievable it was so amazing.
there was a girl named diane she and her brother die because diane brakes a rule on the old willis place! she and her brother are combined and swared to not go anywhere around the old willis place which is scary because it is a huge mansion that is haunted by the ghost of an old cranky lady and she is fat and ugly!p.s thats what it said in the book. The best thing about this book is it is very thrilling its so scary that...more
Ian Mclean
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Cameron Chesnut
In the book, The Old Willis Place, there are two kids who live in the woods alone. One of the children is a young girl by the name of Diana, and a young boy named Georgie. Thw two children have been living alone in the woods for a long time. They lived in a mansion who was owned by a lady named Miss Willis while there mom worked there.
One day Miss Willis was found dead in a parlor room after there parents had left the woods where they now lived alone. Its crazy how two parents could just leave...more
Olgaod96
Feb 18, 2011 Olgaod96 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who likes ghost stories
The Old Willis Place is about two kids, Diana and Georgie. They live on a farm called the Old Willis Place, but it's true name is Oak Hill Manor. One day, a new caretaker comes with his 12-year-old daughter and his dog, MacDuff. Diana and Georgie are thrilled because they have someone new to spy on, especially Lissa. Diana decides to break the rules, for one little thing, a friend. Georgie gets really mad at Diana and Lissa. But Diana doesn't really pay attention. On a rainy day when Lissa's dad...more
Hillary Mantone
I really liked this book! It may be one of my favorites! I thought it was very suspencful and mysterious. It was so detailed I could just picture it! The books whole consept was creepy and scary, but in a good way! It's not a book that you can read one chapter and put it down. You had to keep reading! It was very well written. I really liked the suspense! It made you want it to keep going in the end to see what happens after they leave! I really liked how the author had everything very straight...more
Ryann Yamaura
This book is great for people that are in to reading about ghosts! It starts off with these 2 kids who live in this old house. They spy on the caretakers who are supposed to watch the house next door, but none of them stay for long because they think and tell people that there is paranormal activity in the home. Once the new caretakers arrive there is a little girl that came with. Diana, who is one of the kids, really wants to be come her friend but the person that watches over her Miss. Lilian...more
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I grew up in a small shingled house down at the end of Guilford Road in College Park, Maryland. Our block was loaded with kids my age. We spent hours outdoors playing "Kick the Can" and "Mother, May I" as well as cowboy and outlaw games that usually ended in quarrels about who shot whom. In the summer, we went on day long expeditions into forbidden territory -- the woods on the other side of the t...more
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