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Ghost Of A Hanged Man

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An outlaw condemned to be hanged threatens to wreak vengeance from the grave on those responsible for his death.
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Published September 1st 1998 by Cavendish Square Publishing
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Emily Michelle
Apr 08, 2010 Emily Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because I love Vande Velde, and I wasn't disappointed. The story tells of a small, Old West town where a famous outlaw is caught and hanged. At his trial, he promises to come back and get his revenge on those who are condemning him and their families. The next spring, torrential rainfall washes the outlaw's coffin out of the cemetery, and those he cursed start dying mysteriously. It's up to the sheriff's two children to stop the ghost.

This is a short, fast read, but a fun one. T
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Jasmine Hatch
this is scary but AWESOME
Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story opens in 1877 when an outlaw named Jake Barnette, who had killed 16 people, is put on trial, found guilty, and then hung. During the trial he threatened almost everyone, saying he would return.

The two main children in the story are Annabelle, who is 8, and Ben, who is 11. Their father is the town sheriff. There's an incident in a general story involving “tinkers,” another word for gypsies, which shows people's attitude towards gypsies at the time.

During spring of the following year the
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Beth
Ben, his sister, his father and other townspeople are threatened by a murderer who is about to be hanged. Months later, when a flood forces coffins are out of the ground, and people begin to die, it looks as if the murderer is staying true to his word.

The setting is a village in 1877. There are some tensions within the community between the townspeople and the "tinkers" who pass through. Some townspeople even think that the tinkers cursed the town with their fortune telling. Ben and Annabelle's
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Shelby Bretschneider
I liked this book! This book is about a guy named Jake and he was a bad guy and he was going to be hanged because of what he did. The day of his hanging Ben and Annabelle thought of what he said in court the day he was sentenced to be hanged. Jake turned around and said that he was going to come back and kill the people that he pointed at. So one day the river flooded at their town and it made the coffins come up from the ground and Jake started to kill the people he said he was going to. So whe ...more
Erin
This was just okay. It's a tidy little ghost story about a hanging gone wrong. Two young kids figure out that the ghost of Jake Barnett is coming after those who prosecuted him, and they are able, by the skin of their teeth, to rid the townsfolk of the ghost's presence. It was short, and had a nice little western justice flavor with a hint of superstition.
This would probably be very appropriate for the tween age group, those who are into ghosts and the supernatural, or even those interested in t
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robyn
Very short. Probably a good story for the Goosebumps! crowd.
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Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, currently residing in Rochester, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adults.

Her novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy, but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for
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