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Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Ghost Story

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  881 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Zibby Thorne doesn't know what possessed her to buy an antique dollhouse--she doesn't even like dolls. But when her friends and family start having bizarre accidents clearly connected to the dollhouse, she can't ignore the menacing structure any longer.

Zibby is sure that one particularly creepy doll in a gray dress is somehow responsible for the trouble. She discovers the
Paperback, 444 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published June 1st 2004)
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Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Camila by: Sydney
I'm convinced my library's copy of the book is cursed or something. REALLY! This book freaked me out so much ((not what happened in the book, but what happened TO the book and me))

---3 years ago: The book had been lost for longer than a week, and I had no idea where it was. My teacher kept calling out my name for over due books. It was embarrassing. Then one evening, my mom was walking my sister and I to the bakery. We had our food and everything picked out at the cash register when she realiz
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge is a solid book. It's 4 stars on a bad day, and 5 stars every other day.

It has all the right elements of a good ghost story - a particularly creepy doll, a handful of families involved with this angry poltergeist, and an element of mystery - presented in a well-written way.

The pacing never felt slow or hurried. Even if you could predict some of the plot twists, the reveal wasn't just a confirmation of what you had already guessed; there was more to the surprise th
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I remember reading this book back in elementary school, and for some reason, I got really into it. I never was (and still am) a huge fan of ghost stories or the horror/thriller genre in general. As an 8,9, and 10 year old, this book was more of the scary type and was not something I ever thought I would pick up. However, there was something about it that made me want to keep reading. I was hooked on the suspense and just needed to finish it. Every time I got bored with life, I would always go ba ...more
celi ♡
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I first read this about ten years ago and it scared me so much as a little middle schooler. Rereading it now as an adult and after so many years, it definitely wasn’t as scary as I remember but it was still lots of fun. A perfectly creepy October read to get me in the mood for Halloween.
Gabriella B.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zibby Thorne had an absolutely normal life, other than the painful facts that her best friend had moved far away and that her dad fell in love on his trip to Italy and now lives there. On her birthday, Zibby is dragged to a miniatures convention by her mother- when she sees the perfect dollhouse, with a price Zibby could afford down to the last penny. There’s only one thing to be concerned about:
The dollhouse is haunted.
This exciting book tells a wonderful story of friendship, ghosts and myst
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-read
Zibby Thorne knows there's something wrong with the shabby dollhouse she bought for her twelfth birthday. She hears strange rustling and ringing noises when there's no one else in the room, and one of the dolls never seems to be in the same place she left it. Most frightening of all, whatever make-believe Zibby plays with the dolls comes true--but in a warped, twisted kind of way.

So when her family and friends start having bizarre accidents, Zibby is certain the dollhouse is somehow responsible.
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
OMG, this is one of the best books I've ever read, I'm not even kidding! I can't really remember much of it though since I read it like, two years ago. But I DO remember that it was amazing! Now I gotta go read it again! ;D ...more
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans
I miss this book! I don't own it, I wish I did!! This story involves a doll house withe the "ghost" of a girl's "nanny" trapped inside a doll. ...more
Aime Tercero
3 Stars

Sooo, I did not read this one this year, I actually read like a couple years ago, in ninth grade to be a bit exact... I was just wandering of some lists here on Goodreads and read the description of this one and it rang a bell. Mind you, I did not have a Goodreads account when I was in Ninth grade so I forgot about this book until recently. I remember grabbing it from my school library and the cover grabbed me and decided to check it out and read it by Christmas Break. Reading sppoky book
Amanda Presley
Apr 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Rarely do I ever have trouble finishing a book, but this one was awful and I’m confused on why it’s so highly rated. I found it at my library for free and it had a 4 star rating so I thought “Why not?” The storyline is so slow and predictable, its painful. I might recommend this book to men on death row to kill them of boredom!
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was way too long for a haunted dollhouse book and got a little hokey at the end, but I loved the way the characters formed a group of friends and worked through the haunting together. This one has a lot of potential to be creepy but doesn't quite live up to. ...more
Courtney (AnaiseIsDead)
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book YEARS ago and I remember it being so freaking creepy. Scary doll stories are the best!
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
An awesome read for the young adults. Good ghost story well worth reading once.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*4.5, I read this book a while ago but i remember it was such a great, creepy book.
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Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
this book was the SHIZ in elementary school. i loved it so much.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book legitimately gave me the creeps so often I would have to put it down. I adore Kathryn Reiss she is seriously underrated.
Kristiana Y. Sfirlea
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A five star ghost story layered with friendship, subplots, and spookiness. I highly recommend it!
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: class-library
Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Ghost Story is an unexpected read, I mean I didn't literally thought I'd read it. But because of the book promotion (Hi, Prechana!) I might as well give it a try. And how long has it been since I've last read a horror book? And as far as my memories remind me, the only horror books that I really love were Darren Shan's books, so The Saga of Darren Shan and The Demonata and boy it seemed long ago since I've finish those series.

Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Gh
Serena Ramirez
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
****SPOILER ALERT*** Have you ever been afraid of something so small its too rediculous for anybody to believe???Something small but very harmful...Sweet Miss Honeywells Revenge is a very intrigueing book.Its genre is mystery because its a fiction ghost story.When i first started reading this book i thought it was boring because no action was occurring,but as i read on suspence hit the story.especially when the dollhouse starts putting zibbys cousin in danger.
Zibby Thornes birthday had just pa
Jun 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, ghost-stories
My library puts certain stickers on the spine of books - so if you're looking for 'historical' or 'mystery', you look for the 'mystery' sticker, instead of wandering around reading dust jackets like a goon. It's very nice. (This book had a ghost on the spine.)

The author profile lists a number of previous books for Ms. Reiss, which surprised me, because this novel reads as a first attempt - or maybe Reiss is just not confident. So many things about this book seem to be not quite worked out. The l
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
If somebody gave you a doll house would u take it?what if its haunted...would you still take it? His book will scare you and be there when you go to sleep. The gene for this book is person vs.supernatural fighting a ghost from the past is supernatural.this book gave me the shivers when I read it.i confused me a little but I got the hold of it once it started to show some awnser on what happend during the past.

The setting of this book is in the past the book 2005 but in some they have
Jul 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gr. 5 and up
Zibby can't figure out why she purchased a dollhouse for her birthday instead of the rollerblades she really wanted. It was almost as if she were possessed--and she is and so is the dollhouse. Actually she figures out the dollhouse has a ghost long before she realizes why she bought it.

After my cohort in the library read this book last year and suggested it to her daughter, it became a hot commodity among fifth grade girls. And it's so right for that age. Goodness, yes, the ghost story, but als
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book became a precious book for me. I really love it and I became so sad when I finished it. I guess I will always feel like this whenever I read a book intended for young readers (those books that says 12 and up or lower than that). It’s not that scary…okay maybe it was scary but not the kind of stories that will make me paranoid so much. I admit I have some issues with dolls. When I was a child, I believed that they move during the night or whenever all of the people in the house are alre ...more
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if you had a doll house that was haunted? What if whenever you played with it, the games you played just happened to come true in a twisted way? What if one evil looking doll popped up in unexpected places? What if you couldn't get rid of it???

Thats exactly what happens to the girl in this story. She even burns the house to get rid of it, but it still returns to the exact spot in her room.

This book is full of suspense. In the middle of the book it seems like everything's solved, but a surpr
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Ghost Story," is a very engaging book. It grabbed me from the first page and pulled me along for the ride until I was at the end. It was one of those books that you do not quite want to end. Though this had a very good conclusion and there were no loose ends.

The main characters feel real, upbeat and fun. They are girls around 11 and 12 and they sure feel like realistic kids. The way the author writes them made me long to be a kid again and experience the fun of
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
THIS book is AWeSomE i LoVe thIS boOK SOo mUCh.!!! It IS A mYSTery Book ABOUT A GHOSTLY DOLL WHO PURSUEDES THE OWNER to buy her dollhouse and then makes her life miserable.....and in the first few chapters the doll burns her moms hand....knocks over the cousin and makes her cut her head open on the bathtub ...and having her bff from far away get in a car crash with her dad on her way to visit. This is a must read FOR ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG ! This was the first horror story I've ever read in my whole life and this was suggested to me by my classmate who is major bookworm.
The plot was great and I had occasionally received goosebumps.
I had decided that I'm not gonna read this novel at night, cause' I'm scared OK ! However, the plot of this novel was so amazing that I waited for my family to sleep, which is 12 a.m., and after I've made sure that they were sleeping, I had closed the door of my room, turned on the lights and finish
Michael Brad.
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is about Zibby Thorne. Zibby knows there's something wrong with the messed up dollhouse she bought for her twelfth birthday. She hears ringing noises when there's no one else in the room, and one of the dolls never seems to be in the same spot she left it. Also, her friends and family have wierd accidents all the time. Later, she figures out that one of the dolls are possessed by Miss Honeywell, a ghost. Now, she has to find out how to stop Miss Honeywell from becoming human and to ge ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love ghost stories that revolve around dollhouses and this one was fantastic. Zibby had no idea she had purchased an antique dollhouse with history, but once she did the problems began. This house was meant to represent a real house, and the dolls that houses family. One doll in particular, Miss Honeywell was a horribly vengeful governess in real life who was determined to control people, to horrible ends, as a ghostly doll. What I liked about this book was that it had an edgy creepy, quality, ...more
Colin Peck
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in junior high when it was new about 11 years ago. Honestly, this book scared me as much this time as it did the first time I read it. This is the best dollhouse ghost story I have ever read. It is a well written plot that's mysterious and suspenseful. Both times I've read this book, I could not put it down. Of course, this time I had more adult things, like work, that forced me to put it down. I'll probably read it again in ten years...sort of like a certain teacher in this sto ...more
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Kathryn Reiss was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Ohio, and received B.A. degrees in English and German from Duke University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. After college, she lived in Bonn, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, and during this time wrote the first draft of her first novel.

Ms. Reiss has been a Writer in Residence for the Princeton Arts Council, a re

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