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Jade Green: A Ghost Story

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,051 ratings  ·  329 reviews
"Then at the end of the street, the house--the large brown house with the two eyes--made me suddenly clutch at the driver's arm as if to say, Turn back! Turn back!" At the first sight of her uncle's house--her future home--an inexplicable cloud of foreboding engulfs orphaned teen Judith Sparrow. Unfortunately, her fears are confirmed when she hears a mysterious scratching ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2000)
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Talulah Mankiller
Okay, I’m sorry, but I just wasn’t in love with this one. To begin with, it’s got that stick-up-the-butt pseudo-Victorian narrator voice that great children’s authors of the 1980s always seem to adopt when they’re writing about the 1800s (think Cynthia Voigt in The Callender Papers). I hate that voice. Also, the whole thing just seemed…muddled to me. Age-wise, I mean, not plot-wise. See, the story’s about Judith, this orphan who comes to live with her uncle after her mom dies in an INSANE ASYLUM ...more
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Jade Green was an amazing, frightening, fantastic ghost story about Judith Sparrow, a fifteen year old girl who has just become an orphan and is sent to live with her uncle in South Carolina. Her uncle has only one rule: you may not bring anything green into the house. Judith's mother had given her a picture of her in a green silk frame as a gift, and Judith cannot bear to part with it, so she secretly brings it in the house. What Judith doesn't know is that three years prior, a girl named Jade ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: My teacher
Orphaned Judith Sparrow had been given everything by her uncle when she arrived penniless, and even still she has disobeyed him. In the exciting horror novel Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Judith never thought she would be so lucky. Her uncle had taken her to live in his house in Whispers, South Carolina. All seemed well, but that is about to change.
There is only one big rule her uncle has that she must keep. Nothing green is allowed in the house. Judith thinks nothing of it; every famil
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently orphaned Judith is sent to live with her kind uncle Geoffrey. Uncle Geoffrey's only condition is that nothing green is allowed in his home. Judith can't bear to part with a green picture frame holding a photo of her parents, so she sneaks it into the house buried deep in her trunk. Soon, however, she starts hearing strange noises coming from the closet...

This was a compelling ghost story, hard to put down. Judith's lecherous cousin Charles was much more disturbing than the ghostly Jade
The New Maria
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10-15 yesr olds
Recommended to The New Maria by: myself
A mix or romance, rumors, horror, and a murderous stalker, this book has a bit of everything. What I liked about this book though, was that it was predictable but not in a way that the author tried to hide it. You knew who killed Jade from the beginning but it was still thrilling and suspenseful! A very difficult thing to accomplish.
Anndy Vanity
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Judith Sparrow is now an orphan. Both her parents are passed and she is going to live with her Uncle. There is only one condition to her living there; she cannot bring anything green into the house.

But Judith has brought a green picture frame with her that was given to her by her Mother. Judith knows she shouldn't have brought it, but she couldn't leave the only thing behind that was from her Mother.

Soon enough Judith is at home living with her Uncle and the cook Mrs. Hastenings. She is treate
Alex Hanmann
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its a little scary but its really good
Keonni Murphy
The ending was such a twist. Judith's cousin Charles was acting weird all along. He set the house on fire but they got out When they were evacuating for the hurricane and Judith stayed behind to help board the house, she went upstairs to pack her bag and Charles came up and tried to rape her. The ghostly hand that had been running around kill Charles. It turns out that he tried to do the same thing with Jade Green but she didn't make it. Charles killed her.
Jamie Dacyczyn
Read this book for my reading challenge: a book with your favorite color in the title.

As I read this, I realized that I've read it before, a long time ago, because snippets of it were familiar and I knew what was going to happen just before it did (though not the overall plot). Oh, the pre-Goodreads days....

This is a short, well written Victorian ghost story. Younger readers (teens) might find this adequately spooky, but as usual as soon as we're *shown* the spooky thing, it's not scary to me an
Mai Taniyama
Jul 14, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Just picked this up from the library today. I've read some other stuff by the same author, but this is definitely totally different cause it's kind of historical fiction. Seems ok, but it's pretty short, lol.

I finished this at about four in the morning! It's not terribly scary, but sort of suspenseful.


The disembodied hand of Jade Green was.... interesting. I never really got the feeling that it wanted to hurt Judith, but then again, I had the luxury of reading the book, and not ac
Giana Flores
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teenager Judith Sparrow is all alone in the world. Her mother had recently passed away and has only one place to stay, her uncle Geoffrey's house. Before she moved in he gave her a stranger rule which was not to bring anything green into the house. She couldn't resist bringing her only possession left of her dead mother which was a picture frame of her in a silk green frame. She doesn't know that the color green brings the ghost of a past soul that had lived in the house named Jade Green. Anothe ...more
Natalie Rethman
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, Jade Green; A Ghost Story, was easy to rate. It was easy to read and understand from its vocabulary. Speculative fiction is a genre that includes some fantasy, mysteries, and fantastic fiction. Mystery novels hook the reader to want to find out what is going to happen next. The fiction in this novel attracts and entertains the reader at times. I choose to rate the book, Jade Green; A Ghost Story, four stars because the author did a good job of using both fantasy and fiction in mystery ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Jade Green: a ghost story" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is an incredibly written novel that both twist the reader's brains to understand and give readers fantastic scares.I recommend this novel to readers, who are finding a scare, a bit of romance,and interesting book to gnaw on for a while.
"Jade Green: a ghost story" has incredible surprises and scares that are interesting and kept just right. The ordinary 1800 time period, characters are in, is written way much better than any "Goosebumps" se
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Okay, I'm one of those people who get scared over basically nothing. Like one time my parents told me to go up to my bedroom, and I thought they put Saw up there because they thought I was too self-centered.

Maybe I'm just very paranoid...

Anyway, that's another story.

However, I read this in my bedroom at night...Well...Let's just say i'm not doing that again. When (view spoiler) I heard some type of commotion in my closet.


That then fo
Kirsten Saintignon
This book deserves a five star rating for it was intense at points, making the book very interesting and hard to stop reading. This book was very easy for me to read because the vocabulary words were very east to understand. The book is about a girl moving to her Uncle's to help him and his maid with housework. The girl loves the place and spending time with her Uncle until she discovers that a girl had died there. The girl was Jade Green. Jade Green haunts the girl and a terrible tragedy happen ...more
Aug 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one summer when I was staying with my aunt and uncle, so it was a little eery that the character Judith was also staying (rather, living) with someone other than her parents. This was a great ghost story and I remember having a bit of a difficult time falling asleep. But since it is young adult, it isn't so terrifying that it would keep one up at night. And, since I'm a hopeless romantic, I also like the fact that there is romance interspersed throughout the story. I would totally re ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you
Recommended to Marilyn by: Molly Danielson
WOWZERZ! Spine chillin', nail-biting, spooky nightmare good. For ppl who luv adventure and scary boox. It's 1drful!
Jacob Vanden Avond
Since we read this in class and we had large breaks it was pretty confusing. The beginning was good but the rest wasn't. That is why I gave this 2 stars. Also the very end mad absolutely no sense.
Brett Dorner
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good. If you like reading mystery books this is the one for you.
Trevor Orlando
Jan 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book one star because there was not enough action in it.
Cait S
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Super fast brain scrub! Just slogged through a book that made your head hurt? This is perfect for just after that. Easy, no effort, entertaining ghost story.
Kelly Aissa
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so amazing! I was reading this all day. It has horror as well as romance and mystery. If you share my taste in books, this is one for you!
Oliea Samuel
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so amazing. It's filled with so much suspense and mysteries! This book is a thriller/horror/mystery book, all great genres in one book! Sadly, there is only 1 series and this book has 20 chapters. This is the first book I've read from Phyllis, so I don't really have knowledge of other books he have written, but this one particular book is so good! If you like horror and suspense, this is the right book for you. I have read so many books of this genre, but never really had a favorit ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Jade Green By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor which is about a young orphaned girl named Judith who moves in with her uncle. Both of Judith’s parents have sadly passed away. She has to end up moving in with her uncle. She breaks the one rule that her uncles, and ends up wakening the ghost of Jade Green. Many hauntings happen to Judith, and at first she thinks that it is her cousin Charles.
I think that this book is worth reading. It has a fairly good plot to it, and makes you want to keep readin
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not only was Phyllis Reynolds Naylor one of the most prolific juvenile authors of her generation, she wrote some of the most memorable pieces of literature, as well. Shiloh, for which Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was awarded the 1992 John Newbery Medal, is an American classic in the tradition of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's The Yearling, Wilson Rawls's Where the Red Fern Grows and Fred Gipson's timeless Old Yeller; her Alice series has stretched to twenty-eight full-length novels, been adapted into at ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-t-read
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The story starts with Judith Sparrow, an fifteen year old orphan that after disobeying the only condition for living in her uncle's house; nothing green is allowed in the house, she unleashes a strange force. The story narrates the kinda boring life of a fifteen year old orphan who after her mother's death, she leaves to South Carolina in order to start a new and finally... exciting life. Her life completely changes when she arrives to her uncle Geoffrey's house, where she meets her uncle Charle ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this one spooked me. Judith moves to her uncle's house after her mother passes away in an insane asylum. Her uncle has one rule- nothing green can be brought into the house. However, Judith has a picture of her mother in a green frame that she just can't leave behind.
This creates a haunting in the house. I don't want to spoil anything, but there is a scene with a hand on the ground that made me get up on my bed and scan the floor. It had some truly creepy moments. The most interesting part
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.

Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father's occupation as a salesman.

Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good boo

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