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The House On Hackman's Hill

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A $10,000 reward for a missing mummy lures cousins Jeff and Debbie into an old mansion. But a raging snow storm forces them to spend the night -- and an evil ancient spirit might not let them see the dawn.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published February 1st 1986)
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Feb 04, 2009 Shari rated it really liked it
I read this book when I was in about the fourth grade and it terrified me -- in a delicious, don't-turn-out-the-lights kind of way. I looked for it for years, but it seemed to be out of print; then, recently, my friend Kyanne found me a copy. I read it again last night, perhaps trying to recreate that cozy/delicious feeling that accompanied my childhood reading.

The verdict? It's pretty cheesy.


So I basically had a blast rereading it, which is why even the not-so-great wr
Jun 11, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Such a scary book! It kept making me think that when it was dark, Anubuis would come out at me! Oh whyyyyyyyyy did I have to take it home and finish it????? WHHHYYYYY???????? TELL MEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! Ok, so here's a summary *hint hint*! As you smart people have guessed, you people should stop reading this review if you haven't read this book yet! So: . There are two parts. The first part is about two kids(a girl and a boy) who are playing in the snow when they go to a neighbor. I don't remember ho ...more
This book was my white whale!! It was one that I read as a kid, but I only remembered a few hazy details about it. I remembered it was about a boy and a girl in an abandoned house, and there was a jackal-creature chasing them. I seemed to remember more about the feeling the book gave me, which was disturbed and freaked out -- but I enjoyed being disturbed and freaked out, even as a kid. I wasn't even sure that it was actually a book - I thought I may have made it up. Even so, I've been on the lo ...more
Anthony Gomez
Oct 29, 2013 Anthony Gomez rated it really liked it
This book is about a house on Hackman's hill and the house has a mummy with a curse. There is a boy named Jeff and his friend Debbie. Debbie tells Jeff about the mummy and the reward that comes with it if you find the mummy. Before they go to find the mummy they try to get information about the mummy from Debbie's grandparents. They don't know the story. So they go to Mr. Karsten to get the information from him. When they get there, Mr.Karsten tells them the story and the curse that goes with mu ...more
Sep 30, 2009 Cathy rated it really liked it
Someone was looking for this book on the What's the Name of That Book? thread here on Goodreads -- and it sounded so intriguing that I ordered a copy for myself!

It's a hard one to rate, because I'm a jaded adult with plenty of horror fare under my belt. From my perspective, The House on Hackman's Hill went out of its way to make its big menace -- the Egyptian God of the Dead, Anubis -- not terribly menacing to the young protagonists. Really, you've unleashed the wrath of an ancient deity, but it
Ashley Lyle
Apr 12, 2011 Ashley Lyle rated it it was amazing
I read this book in the 4th grade and it has literally stuck with me since then. I typically think about it at least once a year but could never remember the name - I knew it was something about a house on a hill, and thanks to Yahoo! Answers, this was it. I distinctly remembered a plot twist that gave me chills; I'm fairly certain I had nightmares for a bit afterwards. Now that I know what the name of the book is, I was able to order it today for next to nothing so I can read it again now that ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Jason rated it really liked it
This was a very good book it was very suspenceful and very thrilling. If your a fan of scary movies you would probably really like this book. It's about 2 young kids who go exploring for a mummy that is hauning the house on hackmans hill. The reason their looking for the mummy is because there is a 10,000 dollar reward. So one night they decide to go to the house and they get trapt in their an theirs no lights except for the one little flashlight. So now thay have no were to go except try to ser ...more
Zaid Ahmed
May 17, 2015 Zaid Ahmed rated it really liked it
Jeff and Debbie wanted to know try and find the mummies eyes, but when they start finding the eyes, they hear this freaky cry which they think is Anubis ( the Egyptian God). So they calm themselves down and continue there search. Then when they find the eyes they had to find the person who was making the sounds. Will they or will they not find the person who made the cry? Who was it?

The theme of the story is that treasure hunting can be dangerous so you should always have a grown up with you.
Feb 24, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
I heard about this book on a librarian listserv. The thread was about horror for teens, and this title came up with several librarians talking about how it scared them. I figured it could be similar to Wait Till Helen Comes - an actually scary middle grade book.

Jeff and Debbie want to sneak into the abandoned house on Hackman's Hill to find a missing mummy for a $10,000 reward. The neighbor, Mr. Karsten, tells them the tale of how he lived with his mother in that house and worked for Dr. Hackman
Apr 10, 2010 Brandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I read this book with a student for his book report. A very easy book- 4/5th grade. I haven't read a book on this level in a long time. It had a good plot, good characters, and a scary twist at end. I was surprised that the mummy curse ended up being real and not a hoax put on by Dr. Hackman. I'm unsure what the overall lesson/moral (most books for readers this age have one) but it was a nice story.
Amber Terry
Jul 21, 2016 Amber Terry rated it liked it
Very quick read about two cousins, Jeff and Debbie, who hear a creepy story about the titular house on Hackman's Hill from an older gentleman while they're visiting their grandparents. Supposedly there's a mummy hidden inside and the person who can manage to find it will receive a reward of $10, 000. Naturally, the kids, mainly Jeff, want that cash so they go searching inside this old, creepy house where they're nearly maimed by Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead. Yes, Anubis is inside the hou ...more
Sep 20, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it
Ha! I love reading this to my students in October every year. It is intriguing with the mysteries of what hides in the house on Hackman's Hill. But the underlying story definitely scares them. There are even a couple parts where I actually get to make scratching and sniffing noises and then...jump out at my students in the dark. Love it!
Nick Hughes
Jul 01, 2014 Nick Hughes rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I read it in fourth grade during SSR, or Single Student Reading.I then read it again recently thinking you know what maybe now that I am older it wouldn't be as entertaining, but I will tell you, I could not put the book down. I really am more of a humorous person when it comes to my books, but this horror/ thriller really changes my view. The way the author uses their personification and metaphors really grabs your attention. Not only was this book just a really hi ...more
Jul 17, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-and-youth
My son made me read this. He read it and loved it. I found it to be okay. I think the Egyptian myth thing is intriguing to kids, but this book felt rushed and simplistic. Still, for kids in grades 2-5, I guess it could be fun.
Mar 06, 2015 Aasad7 rated it liked it
In the House on Hackman's hill there are two friends Jeff and Debbie, and they find out about a cursed house that is on Hackman's Hill. Jeff and Debbie find out that there is a Mummy in the cursed house and they also find out that there is a reward. Then they go to a guy named Mr. Karsten to find out more because they want to find the mummy to get the reward. So he tells them the information about the mummy and he also tells them about a curse in the house, but he tells them not to go in the ho ...more
Noora Marafih
Mar 17, 2015 Noora Marafih rated it really liked it
This book is about 2 cousins. One girl and the other a boy. The boy was called Jeff and the girl was called Debbie. They heard that there was a mummy in an abandoned house, the person that captures the mummy, gets a reward. Every person that tried capturing the mummy never came out of the mansion. So, they saw this abandoned mansion on top of a hill and wanted to know about it so they went to the only person that knew what happened, Mr. Karsten. When Mr. Karsten told them about what happened, De ...more
Dec 05, 2009 Carly rated it it was amazing
An amazing book. A thriller, and very creepy, but will keep you on the edge of your seat, wanting more of the terror.
Aug 01, 2011 Emma rated it it was ok
It was kinda creepy for a little kid book. Something u definitely don't want to read at night.
Dec 23, 2010 Rebecca rated it liked it
This book scared me to death when I was younger. Mummies generally aren't scary. The one here was.
Chase Panno
May 27, 2015 Chase Panno rated it really liked it
Shelves: yal-read
In this book, two cousins, Jeff and Debbie, are visiting their grandparents and become curious about a house that is up on the hill. The rumor is that the house is cursed and a $10,000 reward will be given for the return of the missing mummy. The only information Jeff and Debbie can find about the house is from the old neighbor, Mr. Karsten, who used to live in the Hackman's house as a child. Jeff and Debbie decide to be brave and enter the house, but they get trapped in the house and have to fi ...more
Cousins Jeff and Debbie are visiting their grandparents when they hear the full story behind a nearby abandoned house. There is an outstanding reward if a stolen mummy can be recovered from inside. Debbie is in need of a new camera, but Jeff desperately wants the money to help his parents. On breaking in an ill-timed blizzard traps them inside for the night.

This book would have terrified me if I had read it at the right age, now I appreciate it for what it is. The characters were set up just eno
Rebecca A. Rogers
Jun 23, 2011 Rebecca A. Rogers rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 12 or younger
Shelves: paranormal, mummies, own
Cute and short. It's about two kids--Debbie and Jeff--who have heard creepy stories of the house on Hackman's Hill, and that there's a $10,000 reward out for anyone who can find the mummy inside. So they're determined to find the mummy and collect the money.

The original owner was a collector of Egyptian artifacts, who suddenly disappeared. The police and other investigators searched the home, but never found the mummy or the doctor. After Jeff and Debbie listen to their neighbor's horrifying st
Sep 30, 2011 Lynette rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I read this book when I was about seven or eight, because my mom and I still lived at my grandma's house. The bedroom that I lived in didn't have a door on the big, walk-in closet; to "close" the closet, you had to open the bedroom door. After reading this book, I had to hide it on the back of the bookshelf (which was in the closet) and open my door to block the closet. Just knowing the book was in there gave me nightmares. If I ever stumbled across it accidentally, just looking at the cover (wh ...more
Mallory Elizabeth
Apr 07, 2015 Mallory Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: classroom
I read this with a small group of 7th grade boys who are far below grade level on their Lexile. They loved it! We focused on learning some things about Egypt and then we read a chapter a day. They were always on the edge of their seat because each chapter ends with a cliffhanger. I would sometimes have to close their books so they wouldn't read ahead and spoil it for others. Definitely recommend it for reluctant readers for the short chapters and quick pace.
Abdulla Almana
Debbie and Jeff wanted to go out in the snow to explore, but they came across an old, famous house called The House On Hackman’s Hill. so Jeff had heard that Mr. Karsten ( their old neighbor) had some information about that house. Then, Even though it looked a bit creepy, Jeff and Debbie still thought it was their turn to try and find the lost mummy in The House On Hackman’s Hill. I think the theme of this story is: You don't know what kids can do

Colona Public Library
This book is split into two parts, the first part was a fantastic set up that gave me a few chills as the children learned about the history of the house and how the mummy came to rest there. The second part was a little bit of a let down because I enjoyed the set up of part one, I was expecting a big climax but nothing was fully explained and ended quickly.

This novel was a likable quick read and I would recommend it to junior readers. ~Ashley
Tyler Pitcher
Jun 07, 2016 Tyler Pitcher rated it really liked it
This story is about two kids who wants a ten thousand dollar reward for capturing a mummy. One thing I like about the story is that every chapter ends with a twist. Also the dialogue in the novel is alright. I would rate this book 3 out of 5 because it didn't catch my attention that much.
Aug 25, 2012 luhvBOOKS rated it really liked it
Title: The House on Hackman;s Hill

Author: Joan Lowery Nixon

Series: N/A


Summary: A $10,000 reward for a missing mummy lures cousins Jeff and Debbie into an old mansion. But a raging snow storm forces them to spend the night -- and an evil ancient spirit might not let them see the dawn.

Review: My fifth grade teacher read this to us, with the lights turned down, the blinds on the windows closed, and me and my friends under the low activities table. It was super scary. I loved the effects. It
Chesney Martin
Feb 25, 2014 Chesney Martin rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Good book for little kids I'm about 15 and to me it was just a time killing book and by that I mean it was just to read to kill time nothing to special about it but not a bad book the plot stayed about the same no major twists at the end or elaborate ending just a normal little kids book recommended for ages 8-10 maybe
"Where are my eyes?"
Egyptian mummies.
Liked most of it until the end, when it suddenly ended without really finding out all the mysteries.
Despite the ending, or lack of one, I will still recommend it.
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Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of h ...more
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