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The Old Willis Place

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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
ebook, 208 pages
Published August 20th 2007 by Clarion Books (first published September 20th 2004)
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Arminzerella
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Kaity
Sep 18, 2008 Kaity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Martha
Jan 24, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I studied the clouds’ dark shapes – flocks of lost sheep straying across a desolate wasteland, blown to rags and tatters by the wind.

Ah, yes, The Old Willis Place is a beautiful and chilling ghost story! It was a page-turner for me. Mary Downing Hahn creates a nice, slow build-up. There are secrets and rules with Diana and Georgie on the farm of Oak Hill Manor. While reading, my mind was going in several different directions anticipating the end result.

Diana, the protagonist, 12 years old, lives
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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
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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 reveal herself so she can finally have a friend. Somehow, Diana must get Lissa’s help if she and Georgie ever hope to releas ...more
LeBron James
Apr 25, 2016 LeBron James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE IT SO MUCH
Ronda ♥
Oct 01, 2010 Ronda ♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Katie
Feb 15, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bethany Estrada
Sep 20, 2016 Bethany Estrada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is recommended for people who like horror stories and mysteries. What i think or this book is when i read i can picture all the moment in my head which makes me want to read it over and over. In my opinion i think kids there age which is also my age can't relate to how georgie and diana live there life. I like how the author made me feel the curiosity that the character feel. And mostly all the curiosity came from lissa and kinda her dad. Anyway love this book looking forward to findin ...more
Jaina
May 28, 2013 Jaina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Annehobdy
Jun 08, 2009 Annehobdy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
IT IS SUPER GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love it sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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Crissy
Mar 18, 2011 Crissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maddy Brown
Jan 03, 2010 Maddy Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Tori Richards
Jan 29, 2009 Tori Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmm-okay
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
Aug 21, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tyler Crews
Dec 02, 2010 Tyler Crews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marcia
May 30, 2015 Marcia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this book given the jacket notes but found the overall plot predictable and the tone somewhere between sad and depressing. Initially, I had planned to do a book commercial to my fourth graders, but elected not to due to the theme of death and murder, and the afore mentioned tone.

I was tempted to abandon the book several times but hung in there to see how the author resolved the loss and desolation felt by the "young" female narrator. The ending was acceptable/appropriate for
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Jake
Sep 06, 2009 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lozjanag
Jul 19, 2013 Lozjanag rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ivy
Jul 02, 2009 Ivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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?

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William McKee
May 06, 2016 William McKee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was good lots of ways. It really showed how making friends isn't that hard. But that's not even close to what the story is about. If you are looking for a scary ghost story to read at night I would read this one, it will keep you up at night. The story is about how to kids Diana and Georgie live on a farm. The woman who used to live on the farm lived in a mansion. Her name was Miss Willis. She died in the parlor 10 years ago. But something very bad happens. If I were you I would go che ...more
Brean Fultz
Feb 11, 2015 Brean Fultz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book it made me want to read. It was very exiting and kept me on my toes. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I defiantly would recommend this book to someone who loves ghost, adventure, and thrills!
Hope M
Oct 05, 2016 Hope M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Megan K
Nov 30, 2015 Megan K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
Dear Mrs.Jester,

Recently I read the Old Willis Place” by Mary Downing Hahn. I rate this book a nine out of ten. I took a point off because Mary Downing Hahn did not do a good job of including signpost. Everything else in the book was amazing. I liked this book because it was a mystery book, the book included suspense and the book had a useful theme.

The Old Willis Place is about to ghost named Diana and Georgie. Daina is Georgies older sister. They live behind the old willis place. The old wil
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Rachel Reinwald
Sep 28, 2015 Rachel Reinwald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, scary, ghosts, mg
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This is another ghost story by Hahn. You may remember the Caudill winner All The Lovely Bad Ones by the same author. This eerie story takes place on the grounds of an old Victorian mansion. Georgie and Diana are brother and sister. They live in a cave on the property of the Old Willis Place where Mrs. Willis used to wreak havoc on the kids because they were mischief makers. Now Mrs. Willis is dead and the kids still haven’t been able to leave the place
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LobsterQuadrille
Dec 31, 2015 LobsterQuadrille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle schoolers; Mary Downing Hahn fans
I've really enjoyed Mary Downing Hahn's ghost stories in the past, notably The Doll in the Garden and Wait Till Helen Comes, and this was a good book too, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I did those two. The story starts off from the perspective of Diana, a girl who lives in the woods near an old house with her brother Georgie. Nothing about them is really revealed up front to the reader. They seem to have no parents, they aren't allowed to leave the immediate area for some mysterious re ...more
Shaquayquay
Dec 17, 2015 Shaquayquay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would not be who I am today without this book... crazy, I know, right?

I first bought it at a school book selling in kindergarten, which sparked my first love for creepy stories. Then, of course, I was too young and gave up after the first few chapters.

A year or two later, I rediscovered the book laying around in my house, and made the brilliant choice of reading it again. I was only 7 or 8, with a high reading level, and it's plot line stood out to me like nothing I'd read before. It never rea
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Sarah Crawford
Feb 09, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a young girl named Diana and her younger brother Georgie who seem to live outside a broken-down old house. They keep referring to lots of rules that they have to follow. A new caretaker moves in and brings his daughter and their dog with him.

Diana and Georgie take Lissa's bike and wreck it, then take a book and a teddy bear from Lissa's room.

She appears to Lissa, but something is wrong and Lissa is frightened and her dog chases Diana. Lissa and Diana eventually have face-to-face talk, b
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☺Trish
Sep 06, 2016 ☺Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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