The House On Hackman's Hill
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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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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...more
Tiffany who finally decided to change her name
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
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
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...more
Ashley Lyle
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
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
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...more
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.
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
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
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.
An amazing book. A thriller, and very creepy, but will keep you on the edge of your seat, wanting more of the terror.
It was kinda creepy for a little kid book. Something u definitely don't want to read at night.
This book scared me to death when I was younger. Mummies generally aren't scary. The one here was.
Rebecca A. Rogers
Jun 23, 2011 Rebecca A. Rogers rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
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
Title: The House on Hackman;s Hill

Author: Joan Lowery Nixon

Series: N/A

Rating: ★★★★

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...more
Chesney Martin
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
Sep 19, 2011 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 12 and under
The first time I read this I was 15 with a group of 5-12 year olds. Part of the reason it sticks out in my memory so was the retired teacher that read it to us (with accents, props, and statues of Anubis and a few other odds and ends). She just made it so interesting. I remember one of the kids was sitting on my lap and about choked me once or twice at the scary parts. But even on it's own it's not bad. It is a little cheesy, but it was written for ages 8-12 and is wonderful for that age group,...more
Jeff and Debbie wanted to get the mummy in Hackman's old old house so that they can win $10,000. But they heard a very scary story about that house from Mr.karsten. When Jeff and Debbie went into the house, it was hard for them to fin the mummy because it was hidden somewhere else now, and Anubis was trying to catch them. So they got out of the house as soon as they found the mummy. But they did not take the mummy with them because they had to use the mummy so that Anubis couldn't catch them. Th...more
The book i read was the house on Hackmans hill the author is Joan Lowery Nixon if you like mystery books you will like it let me tell you about the book a brother and sister go into a deserted house but yet to find a mummy when they ask there neighbor about the house he gives them what he knew about the house when he lived in it they find passage doors and they find 3 things the mummies golden eyes,the mummy,and Anubis.i would recommend this book because it leaves you hanging every chapter i wou...more
This was a cute book - quick and simple, and perfect for that budding Egyptologist in all of us. I expected there to be an answer for what was going on in the house, and it was a very different ending than I thought up in my head. On one hand, that made for an intriguing story, but on the other I expected a bit more mystery. It's a tad scary for younger kids; I'd mostly recommend it for about ages 10 and up.
Chris Okeefe
The house on Hackman's Hill by Joan Lowery Nixon is a very good book. This book was read to me when I was in third grade and scared me to death. I would recommend this book to any kid in fourth grade to sixth if they want a good scare. This is not a good book for older kids because it is a relatively simple read and might not be interesting or believable. Overall this is a good read for some but not all.
Jun 27, 2007 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults
Oh my gosh! I read this book in the 6th grade!! I LOVED IT! I thought it was so scary! I wanted to buy a copy, but it was out of print. Ever since then, I've always popped my head into the young adult section of book stores to see if I could find it! It looks as though they've republished it. I think I'll have to pick up a copy and relive my childhood! :)
Another kids' book. This one I have not read since I was in 2nd grade or so...It was a little scary for a second grader. I used to say it was my favorite book, but I think it was just because my brother had said the same thing at the time. Looking back I think it's just your run-of-the-mill children's mystery novel. If you are ever 10 years old, give it a read.
Jeff a boy who wanted to get a reward for finding a mummy but when he was he was trying to find the mummy he saw it and took it and was heading to the exit and then a trap door locked the mummies and he couldn't get the mummy out so he took he took one of the mummy's golden eye and then got a reward. The theme of this story is courage.
This book was just....not good. It tried really hard to be good but just wasn't. The plot was weak and forced and had pieces that didn't fit with the overall feeling of the book.
I read this book so many times when I was around 10, haven't read it in years but from what I remember, it was very scary and I still remember it after i've forgotten almost everything I read around the same time. Something I would recommend, I still have the old, worn out paperback somewhere.
Matthew Scheidegg
so far in the book there is a mummy in hackman's house and it's body is like a man and his head is like a jackal and they tell them a story about this house and they get chased through the house. and there is a curse who ever goes into the house gets the curse that means death.
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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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