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Haint Misbehavin' (Ghost Handlers #1)

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The start of a fun middle-grade series, The Ghost Handlers, follows Heather Tildy, an Atlanta teen with a troublesome habit of attracting ghosts. Middle-child Heather has enough to worry about with sisters, boys and school. Now that a trouble-making girl from the 1800's is poking her nose in Heather's business, her life has taken a supernatural turn for the worse! Before h ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Bell Bridge Books
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Michelle Witte
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I'm a big fan of ghost stories (that don't freak me out too much), and Haint Misbehavin' is a fun one for the middle grade audience. Set in Georgia, there's enough flavor of the South to lend an air of plausibility that the ghost of a young girl from the 1800s would haunt Heather, a modern preteen girl.

While I enjoyed the ghost story, I felt enough rage about the unfair treatment Heather got from her parents and the nasty vendetta of her sister that I couldn't rate it higher.

It's a personal p
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Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
Heather Tildy had enough to worry about with her sisters, boys and school. But then, when she thought her life couldn't get any more complicated, her first ghost shows up. Now, Heather not only has to deal with the embarrassing things her ghost Amy does that makes her look really silly but she also must help Amy move on so she can get back to her normal life. But how can she when Amy won't let Heather figure out her past?

This book was totally awesome! It was a very fun read with Heather and her
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Majanka
Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/mini-rev...

This was a fun, light ghost story for teens and middle graders. Heather is a great protagonist. She’s definitely not perfect – she has the habit of attracting ghosts, has multiple skin and respiratory allergies that make her stand out from the rest, and she’s geeky in a fun way. This book was light-hearted but kids will be able to relate to the characters and story just fine.
Kristen
Aug 29, 2011 Kristen rated it it was ok
Haint Misbehavin by Maureen Hardegree is, like the title would suggest, filled with all sorts of adventures of misbehavior. Although I had to ask myself what the heck is a haint... luckily it was explained very early on.
Heather is just just about to start high school. She's just "become a woman" and the opening scene where she is about to ask her sister for help using a tampon should set the audience for this book pretty solidly in the middle school aged girl range. Turns out she can also see gh
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Kristen
Aug 28, 2011 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about a number of things about this book. I hated some of the characters so much that it had to be decently written to evoke such strong emotions. But I hated the characters on such a a scale that I almost stopped reading. So that says to me that the author maybe has gone a little overboard with some of them. Audrey and Amy primarily. But Heather wasn't really well liked either. I understand sister rivalry but this was absurd. And while Amy is supposed to be just a 10 year ...more
Gina (My Precious Blog)
This is my very first review for a file I received from NetGalley.com. I downloaded the ebook at no cost as a PDF file, in exchange for a review. Converting the file to kindle format and uploading it to my device was easily accomplished by emailing the PDF file to my kindle email.

Summary: Fourteen year old Heather Tiley has been ridiculed throughout her elementary and junior high school years because of her hypersensitive skin, earning her a reputation as a weirdo and a freak. The summer befor
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Esther Bernstein
Full review on Reader's Dialogue: http://readersdialogue.blogspot.com

Haint Misbehavin' started off with a bang and didn't let up right through the last words!

Heather Tildy has it rough - she has hypersensitive skin, she's seen as a weirdo by just about everyone in her neighborhood, the guy she has a crush on doesn't know she exists, her older sister hates her and is out to make her life miserable - and now, to top it off, along with her period, she gets her own ten-year-old, mischievous ghost! H
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Emilie
Sep 15, 2010 Emilie added it
Shelves: reviewed
I received Haint Misbehavin’ from the publisher along with another book I had agreed to review. I wasn’t expecting this book but I’m really glad I got it because it turned out to be quite a fun read. Ghost stories often tend to be fun stories and this one followed the trend. The story was fun, the characters were fun, the premise was fun, pretty much everything about Haint Misbehavin’ was fun.

Heather has been waiting for a long time for her period to come, but when it finally does it brings alon
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Chibineko
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it liked it
Tis the season for spooky books!

If you asked Heather, she'd probably tell you that her life sucks. Not only is she super allergic to everything & anything, but she also has a sister that treats her like dirt & parents who completely ignore said sister's actions (unless they can't ignore them). Now on top of all of that she's discovered that she can see ghosts. Well, one ghost in particular, the ghost of a small child who died years ago & is intent on spending the rest of her afterlif
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Kate McMurry
Ghost Handlers #1, fun, chick lit, ghost story for young teens

This is the first book in a fun, paranormal YA series about Heather Tiley, a fourteen-year-old girl who attracts ghosts.

It's the summer before her freshman year and geeky Heather, who has endured years of ridicule from her peers because she suffers from multiple skin and respiratory allergies, is determined to reinvent herself by convincing her pretty, popular, older sister Audrey to back her as she enters the brave new world of high
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Katy
Jan 05, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pretty much anyone
Recommended to Katy by: netgalley
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
Heather has enough problems: her hypersensitive skin causes her a lot of itching, especially when it breaks out in hives, and as a result she is known as Princess and the Pea around the neighborhood. Her older sister, Aubrey, whom she desperately wants to like her, is friends with a bunch of mean girls who constantly pick on her. The Supergeek who lives in her neighborhood is crushing on her, and she is crushing on the hot lifeguard at the pool, Drew, who doesn’t even know her name. To make matt ...more
Traci
Aug 29, 2011 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I thought this was a cute book about a girl that just can't catch a break, and ends up even worse off when she realizes that she can see ghosts, and one ghost in particular isn't about to let her catch a break either.

I really liked Heather, the main character and I really couldn't help but feeling for her character as she suffered through all of the trouble her sister put her through, not to mention her sister's friends. She really has a tough time. She just can't win and if you're a young girl
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Anastasia
Originally posted at Here There Be Books.

I liked this one a LOT more than I thought I would, based on that horrible cover. It reminds me a lot of a Judy Blume book for some reason (maybe the fighting siblings/bullying aspect?) only there are ghosts and hauntings and it's set in the South. Heather is a tough character to like-- she's sympathetic because her sister is so horrible to her and because of the whole "this ghost kid is ruining my life" thing, but she's also really whiny and awkward in a
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Kari Anderson
Oct 16, 2010 Kari Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The teen years are tough, that’s a given. But when you throw a little ghost in the mix, things don’t get easier. Heather Tildy has two goals for the summer. The first is to make the hottie at the pool recognize her. The second is to get in good graces with her sister so when she starts high school this year, she can already be part of the cool crowd. Both of those seem to be a little harder to accomplish than she hopes.

The day she truly becomes a woman (use your brain, I’m not getting into the b
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Heather
Main character Heather has a lot going on. She desperately wants her older (and popular) sister to like her, so that her first year of high school will start off on the right foot. She wants to be seen as popular instead of as weird and nerdy. I think just about everyone felt that way starting high school, I know I did. I wanted to be seen a cool and popular. I wanted people to like me. It really brought me back to my first few weeks of high school, trying to find my place.

Heather also has to wo
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Lora
Nov 14, 2010 Lora rated it really liked it
Heather Tildy has her share of problems to worry about with her sisters, boys and school. But then, when she thinks her life cant get any worse, a ghost named Amy shows up. Now, Heather has to deal with the embarrassing things her ghost Amy does that make her look really silly but she must also help Amy move on so she can get back to her own normal life. But how can she when Amy won't let Heather into her past?

This book was Great! I totally absorbed it.. It is a fun read with Heather and her hai
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Read for your future!
Oct 31, 2010 Read for your future! rated it really liked it
Heather Tildy has her share of problems to worry about with her sisters, boys and school. But then, when she thinks her life cant get any worse, a ghost named Amy shows up. Now, Heather has to deal with the embarrassing things her ghost Amy does that make her look really silly but she must also help Amy move on so she can get back to her own normal life. But how can she when Amy won't let Heather into her past?

This book was Great! I totally absorbed it.. It is a fun read with Heather and her hai
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Donna
Sep 14, 2011 Donna rated it liked it
received this book for review from NetGalley.

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The start of a fun middle-grade series, The Ghost Handlers, follows Heather Tildy, an Atlanta teen with a troublesome habit of attracting ghosts. Middle-child Heather has enough to worry about with sisters, boys and school. Now that a trouble-making girl from the 1800's is poking her nose in Heather's business, her life has taken a supernatural turn for the worse! Before her life can get better, she has to figure out
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In Haint Misbehavin’ by Maureen Hardegree, Heather Tildy is revisited by her childhood imaginary friend Amy. Amy is actually a ghost who wants to play with Heather instead of moving toward the afterlife. Heather needs to find a way to send Amy into the next life so she doesn’t act like a complete fool in front of her crush Drew. Amy doesn’t want her past to be uncovered or have the guilt she holds over her death and those of her family lifted. With the help from a boy from school and some quick ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by YoungBibliophile for TeensReadToo.com

Heather Tildy has finally "become a woman." But instead of becoming closer with her cool older sister, all Heather gets is a visit from her old imaginary friend, Amy.

And it turns out that Amy is actually a ghost, and her only chance of getting to the afterlife is through Heather.

Unfortunately, Amy doesn't really want to go back, so it looks like Heather's plans of sitting by the pool staring at her crush, Drew, have been sidelined.

Heather needs to
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Rhonda
Aug 31, 2011 Rhonda rated it liked it
Haint Misbehavin is okay book. I just have a hard time when I see someone picked on all the time. Heather has skin problems,allergies and itches a lot.She is the middle daughter.
Audrey is the oldest and picks on,gets her into trouble and even her friends pick on Heather.
Clare is the youngest girl and is really nice.
All of a sudden Heather has a ghost talking, making her body do weird things and getting her in all kinds of trouble. The ghost name is Amy she is around 10. Heather realizes Amy was
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Maria
Oct 17, 2010 Maria rated it really liked it
What I Can Tell You: As hard as it is for me to review ebooks (I hate reading at the computer), I really loved this book. It took me longer than usual to finish it but enjoyed every bit.

Haint Misbehavin', Book One of the Ghost Handler series. Poor Heather, I felt so bad for her. She is like all of us at 14, feeling weird, crushing on older boys, hanging with her friends, putting on her favorite Lipsmacker; the only difference is....Heather has a ghost following her. Amy has a naughty streak and
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Ashley
Jan 19, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it
I received this book from NetGalley.

Imagine a life where hitting puberty also means finding out that you can see ghosts. That's just what happens to Heather Tildy. Already the outcast for her severe skin allergies, having her whole town shun her while she's finally getting attention from the lifeguard of her dreams, is not how she wanted to spend her summer. Heather is going to do whatever it takes to get her new friend, Amy the Haint behave herself and stop making the chips fly off the shelves
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Jessica
Jul 11, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, i-own, kindle, 2011
Cute book - aimed at middle schoolers. The book is about a girlon the cusp of her freshman year who is determined to make her older sister like her, and to shake the reputation of weird girl that she has. However, as a super- allergic girl who suddenly discovers that her childhood imaginary friend is a ghost and back to play shaking the weirdness might not be the easiest of tasks.

I enjoyed this book - although well out of the age range it targets - although I almost broke into a cold sweat a fe
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Harriet
Jun 23, 2011 Harriet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Nice, easy and entertaining YA ghost whisperer story. The descriptions of Heather's allergies, family life and teenage tribulations were realistic without being too painful. While the depictions of the librarians weren't favorable, it was awesome that the Special Collections area contributed to the story.

At the midpoint the ghost's misbehavior had escalated and was occurring so frequently that I feared the story would never resume. Fortunately it did, and there was even a great one-liner to clo
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Sally Kilpatrick
I don't normally read YA, but this book so accurately recreated the summer between junior high and senior high that I almost gave it a four just for the angst it elicited. Wonderful characters with unique detail. I especially love the back story of the ghost, and--for once--I would love to see a sequel. I'm rooting for you, Xavier! [addendum: This is book one in a series. Be on the lookout for Hainted Love, the next book.]
Tori Scott
Jul 06, 2011 Tori Scott rated it it was amazing
Great YA read about a teenager trying to catch the attention of a cute lifeguard, but thanks to the young, capricious ghost who inserts herself into Heather's life, the attention isn't quite the kind she was hoping for.

Enjoyable read!
Mickey
Aug 19, 2011 Mickey rated it liked it
This quirky story took me a little while to get into, but turned out to be much deeper than I first thought. The underlying plot was more compelling to me than the antics that the main character kept geting into. I can see this becoming a popular series for young teens, especially girls.
Roshini
Sep 29, 2010 Roshini rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a quick read, and quite entertaining! I did want to knock the ghost on the head a couple of times (so to speak). Now waiting for the sequel.
Camille
Sep 28, 2010 Camille rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, 1-star
I tried so hard to get into this book, but I just couldn't. It never caught my attention in the least.
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