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The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall

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When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents' death.
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lauren Scanlon I partly agree with Danny. It is very intense in the middle - end, but I think it is pretty scary.
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Zyra
not as dark & scary as i wanted, but definitely a quick read.
Lauren Fidler
i love mary downing hahn for creating my most favorite childhood book wait till helen comes and was hoping to begin gathering some of her other efforts for fiona's library, but this one is just disappointing.

imagine, if you will, The Secret Garden, Turn of the Screw, Jane Eyre, and the last scene from the movie Carrie and you'll pretty much have this one all taken care of.

there is nothing new under the sun, but there is at least some effort, usually, in masking it. here, we have the story of flo
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Jazmin Arroyo
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wanted to explore a haunted house? Of course I think you know what kind of genre this book is already, mystery and fantasy. Overall i think this is an interisting story.

This book is taken place in an old creepy mansion that is also known as Crutchfield Hall. This book all started of as orphan named Florence transitioning from an orphanage to a mansion. Finding out that her cousin was sick and she couldnt even interact with him was a big dissapoitment for her, she had no idea why
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Emily Theroux
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this was a good book. I finished it in two days becouse it was so good and I just couldnt stop reading. In this book a girl named Florence is an orphan, and then her uncle takes her in. At her new home she finds out that her cousin Sophia died not to long ago. Then she finds that her cousin James is sick and she cant even go into his room. Then she starts to see Sophia even though she is dead. Sophia tells Florence that she can wear her old dress and she even does her hair, then ...more
Suzanne
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Another stop on my tour of middle grade horror...

I wasn't a fan of this one. To be blunt, the plot was flat, the storytelling was lazy, and the characters were annoying. I particularly hated the ghost. I realize she was supposed to be a brat, but it was done in such a way that if she haunted me, I'd be irritated instead of scared when she showed up in my room at night.

The author clearly intended for this to be a grand homage to all the classic Gothics and ghost stories and to hammer this point
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Josh
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zach
Recommended to Josh by: Saleema
Shelves: young-adult
This is a classic ghost story about a young orphan Florence who struggles to transition from an orphanage in the city, to a large house in the country. The house is owned by her great aunt and uncle. Her uncle is overjoyed to have a new member of the family and treats her with kindness. Her aunt still cries about Sophia's death and is always comparing Florence to Sofia. The last member of the house is a young boy by the name of James. He is Florance's cousin and is very sick. He has never left h ...more
Alethea A
Jun 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alethea by: netgalley
Creepy, but ultimately unspectacular. I don't know if this counts as historical fiction, as there is little in the way of history other than author name-dropping (Dickens, Bunyan, etc.) But I am almost entirely sure that if I were 8 years old and reading this book, I would be sleeping with the lights on.
Donna
This truly is a much more traditional Victorian ghost story and I loved it! While it very much carried a Secret Garden element do it with the sickly brother never coming out of his room, that's pretty much where the similarities end.

Florence is stuck in a conundrum, having left her friends at the orphanage to be alone in an old house with a rather doting uncle and an aunt that hates her, not to mention a cousin she never sees and a dead cousin that won't leave her alone. She has no one to compla
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I actually wanted to give this one 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed the setting of the story and the characters more than the plot itself. Florence Crutchfield arrives at her uncle's house from the orphanage where she has lived for the past 7 years to find an aunt who doesn't want her there, a sickly, bed-ridden cousin, and the mean, vengeful ghost of her cousin Sophia, who is out to harm her sickly brother James. I have a few problems with the story. First, once Florence arrives she seems to go for days ...more
Lydia Presley
This was a very short (132 pages) ghost story that had quite a few tried-and-true methods of scaring the living bejeebus out of a person like me. Recently I've been diving into the more tame horror novels and all I can say is I'm glad I read this one in the light of day.

The story begins with a setting very similar to The Secret Garden. Girl (Florence) arrives at a creepy large house, taken in by her older Aunt and Uncle and has a sick boy cousin hidden away in his room. The similarities really e
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Logan Feltz
The book The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a very good book on my part. The main character of this book is a twelve year old boy by the name of Florence that has spent the past seven years of her life in the orphanage. She had then moved to her great uncle's country estate thinking life would be better. She didn't think it was so great when she runs into her cousin (Sophia's) ghost. Sophia was always jealous of her brother and is now trying to influence Florence to kill him.

I would recommend thi
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Kathy
The Ghost of Cruchfield Hall

Written by: Mary Downing Hahn

Review by: Ashley Kelley

The Ghost of Cruchfield Hall takes place in 1884. It all starts when Florence Cruchfield gets adopted by her uncle and moves to his house called Cruchfield Hall. She was an orphan because her parents died in a boating accident when she was five.When she first got there she was warmly greeted by her sweet uncle. But automaticly hated by her aunt for no reason. Her uncle told her that her cousin James was upstairs
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Alexis Flores
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this horrifying/scary story, you will find that this book is kind of different than other scary stories that you've maybe read. Even though this book gave me goosebumps at some point, I still liked this book.
This story takes place in the nineteenth century, at Florence's (the main character) great uncle's manor. The setting is important because it helps set the mood of the story.
A twelve year old orphan, Florence boards a horse drawn coach in London, she's looking to start new with her grea
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Juli
12-year old Florence has lived 7 long years at Miss Medleycoate's Home for Orphan Girls, following the accidental death of her parents. When her great uncle contacts the orphanage saying he wants Florence to come live with him at Crutchfield Hall, she is excited to be starting a new life. She even has a cousin James that she longs to meet. When she arrives at Crutchfield Hall, she learns that her Aunt doesn't want her there, James is ill and never leaves his room, and the Hall is haunted by a ve ...more
John
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was ok

In Victorian times, Florence is rescued from the orphanage by her rich Great-Uncle Tom, and goes to live in his country manor, Crutchfield Hall. There she discovers that her cousin James is an invalid, bedbound and confined to his room.

So far it's The Secret Garden, but wait!

Great-Uncle Tom's sister, the Bible-thumping Great-Aunt Eugenie, loathes and abominates the newcomer because how could Florence ever match Eugenie's darling, James's big sister Sophia, who fell off the roof to her death a ye
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Silvara Wilde
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
Check out my other reviews, discussions and link ups at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon.

This was a fairly quick read, though not up to the usual scary standards I've come to expect from this author. There was a bit of suspense, but it never got to even slightly creepy. All the workers at the Hall seemed to know Sophia's ghost was haunting them, and had been a wicked child. But Florence's Aunt and Uncle had no idea.

Florence's Aunt hated her on sight, and believed the worst about her. While at the sa
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Nina
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a short haunting story, that reminded me a little bit of Northanger Abbey. The dark road to the house and the exterior of it had a familiar touch which I adored.

Florence is a young girl who lives in a orphanage, but one day out of the blue she’s going to live with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall. At Crutchfield Hall she finds out that she isn’t allowed to see her cousin James and feels that someone is haunting the place. It’s up to Florence to stop
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Beverly
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Twelve-year-old orphan, Florence is looking forward to leaving Miss Medley’s orphanage to start her new life with her aunt and uncle at Crutchfield Hall. It’s bound to be an improvement over the orphanage. Yet though her uncle is genial enough, the rest Crutchfield Hall is a rather gloomy place inhabited by her uncle, an irritable aunt, James, her ailing cousin, and a ghost. The ghost is James’ sister Sophia. Sophia hunts Crutchfield after her accidental death. Sophia, spoiled, selfish, and crue ...more
Natasha
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story, it focuses on Florence who thinks she has no family until one day out of the blue she gets invited to stay with her uncle.

She goes to Crutchfield Hall full of excitment, in the hope that her cousin James will be a play partner, someone she can go exploring the countryside with. Instead she finds his dead sisters ghost, Sophia, Sophia wants revenge. She believes James killed her and wants to get her own back and make him suffer or worse. It is up to Florence to try a
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Kate
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Florence has lived at an orphanage since the deaths of her parents, but now she learns that she has an uncle who has sent for her. When she arrives, however, she discovers that she looks very similar to Sophie, her cousin who died just a year earlier. Her Aunt says Florence will never be as good as Sophie, and Sophie's brother James won't even come out of his room. Then Florence begins to sense Sophie's presence around her...

I always have high hopes for Mary Downing Hahn's books based on my memo
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Tiffany Neal
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-scary, 2011
I have mixed feelings about the book because although I enjoyed it and I think that my students will definitely enjoy it, the beginning was a slow start, and I felt the book did not end in the right spot.

The book has an interesting twist considering that it takes place in the late 1800's. It picks up pace by page 35 and truly kept me turning the pages to find out what happens, but then when the climax happens it's semi anti-climactic and predictable. I'm also a firm believer that the end should
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Jessica
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfect middle grade novel for students who love mystery and suspense, but have moved out of the Goosebumps phase! I have been looking for one of these for a while.

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a chilling story of a young girl's untimely death, and the vengeance she seeks against her brother. Set in London, the story follows Florence, who has just come to live with her Uncle after being rescued from an orphanage. Florence, James and Sophia all come to life on the pages so very well. It will
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Bionca Giannetti
In The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall I felt the plot was somewhat similar to the plot of Deep, Dark, and Dangerous, being the main characters trying to solve a mystery to lay a malicious spirit to rest. My favorite character was Florence's great uncle because he seemed to keep the peace in the old manor house even when the great aunt is intent on sending her off. I personally wouldn't call it "spine tingling" as a synopsis of the book described it. I would recommend it to those who aren't really int ...more
Jodi Meadows
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
MDH is the author whose book WAIT TILL HELEN COMES made me realize (for whatever reason) that books come out of people. That writing is a legitimate job -- and could be my job, if I worked hard enough. For that reason alone, I will always have a special place in my heart for any of her books.

(I totally didn't even realize she had several new books out, but when a friend dropped off a ton of books at my house to give to a different friend, I decided to read these before passing them on.)
Rylee Diamond
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about how a girl named Florence who transitions from her orphanage to a creepy big mansion. She does this to go and live with her uncle and her cousin. As soon as she gets there the maid is treating her very strangely. The maid dislikes and also seems afraid of her. Her cousin James is sick and can't go out of his room or his bed. This is a disappointment to Florence because she was really looking forward to spending time with her cousin James. Over time the maid is still treating ...more
McCaid Paul
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Sophia could be anywhere, visible or invisible, hiding in dark corners, watching and planning, mocking me, scaring me, a presence following me as closely as my own shadow.


This was a truly unsettling and masterful read by one of middle-grades top horror novelists. The author did a great job of taking me back to the 1800s, almost to the point where I felt trapped within that time period. The descriptions and the imagery was also some of the best I've read in a while.
The scares and thrills that us
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Kennedyf froehlich
I liked this book I was thrilled and chilled by Mary Downing Hahn. Her book is just the best. This book is perfect for 5th graders who like a little chill and thrill and don't mind to read ghost stories at night. If you like any of Mary Downing Hahn's books your bound to love this one. This book is about a girl who is a orphan and she is sent to her great uncles house . Along her journeys in the house and outside she meets her cousin Sophie a ghost who brings her to trouble. She then meets her o ...more
Emily Cooper
This book was a good short read. I did get a little spooked by it at some points. The author did a nice job of portraying Sophia creepily. I also found the way that Sophia realized her place was creative. I'm glad that she didn't just continue to haunt her younger brother after he proved that fate was set.
Valarie Vincent
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love ghost stories, especially this one!
Alexis Her
Jan 12, 2017 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
In The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn a girl named Florence Crutchfield is an orphan that 7 years after her parents death finds out she is a great niece to a very wealthy man named Thomas Crutchfield, along with his sister Florence’s aunt named Eugenie Crutchfield. Florence was quite curious about her cousin James who was very ill after his sister had died, he too was also an orphan. Sophia was James’s sister who had died of a bad fall from the roof when James and her had been pl ...more
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