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Jade Green

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,441 Ratings  ·  278 Reviews
Orphaned fifteen-year-old Judith Sparrow brings two secrets to her uncle's house in South Carolina: one, that her grief-stricken mother died in a madhouse, the other that she has disobeyed the only condition to living in her uncle's home -- nothing green is allowed in the house.
Judith can't bear to part with the photograph of her mother in its lovely green silk
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Simon Pulse (first published 2000)
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Apr 22, 2012 Jillian 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
The New Maria
Jan 17, 2009 The New Maria rated it really liked it
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.
Talulah Mankiller
Sep 08, 2010 Talulah Mankiller rated it it was ok
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
Jul 05, 2012 Sarah 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
Anndy Vanity
May 09, 2013 Anndy Vanity rated it really liked it
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Jun 05, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it
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
Alex Hanmann
Dec 08, 2015 Alex Hanmann rated it it was amazing
Its a little scary but its really good
Natalie Rethman
Mar 03, 2015 Natalie Rethman rated it really liked it
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
Giana Flores
Apr 09, 2015 Giana Flores rated it really liked it
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
Feb 23, 2015 Ivan rated it it was amazing
"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
Mai Taniyama
Jul 15, 2009 Mai Taniyama is currently reading it
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
Kirsten Saintignon
Feb 17, 2015 Kirsten Saintignon rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 12, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brett Dorner
Dec 04, 2015 Brett Dorner rated it it was amazing
Really good. If you like reading mystery books this is the one for you.
Aug 16, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
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
Sophie Gootter
Apr 08, 2015 Sophie Gootter rated it really liked it

Character Backgrounds:

Judith Sparrow, the main character, is a fifteen year old girl whose parents have both passed away and is now forced to go live with one of her uncles whom she barely knows. Uncle Geoffrey is Judiths uncle. He owns this beautiful, large home that he welcomes Judith into. Uncle Geoffrey has a mysterious and cold side to him. He isn’t the most loving person. Uncle Geoffrey has a housekeeper by the name of Mrs. Hastings. Mrs. Hastings takes Judith under her wing and cares for
Mar 27, 2015 Aayush rated it it was amazing
Jade Green, a novel by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, tells the life of an orphan named Judith living in Whispers, South Carolina. The book is a mix of romance, horror, and mystery about Judith Sparrow, a fifteen year old girl who feels alone in Ohio after her mother died has been sent to live with her Uncle. Her uncle has only one condition to her, that was not to bring anything green in the house. Except Judith decides to bring a green silk frame with her, which was gifted by her mother. How
Greg castellanos
Mar 27, 2015 Greg castellanos rated it really liked it
The novel Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor introduces readers to a world of mysterious concerns including a life that has many unanswered questions. This book helps acknowledge what others might have gone thru in the time that people had no other way to communicate but face to face conversations. How they express their emotions such as happiness, sadness ,and fear. The fear that one experiences when they feel in danger in their own home, fear of lack of trust, fear ...of death. The young w ...more
Mar 27, 2015 Moises rated it liked it
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Jade Green A Ghost Story Book Review
The book, Jade Green a Ghost Story by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, focuses on the life of teenage Judith Sparrow and how one mistake can lead to weird things to start happening. It started when Judith’s mother dies from a terrible sickness, and Judith has to choose between a foster home or living with the only family that would take her in, her Uncles. She chooses to live with her Uncles, and as they ride towards the hou
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
Trevor Orlando
Jan 04, 2016 Trevor Orlando rated it did not like it
I gave this book one star because there was not enough action in it.
Bobby Olson
Mar 27, 2015 Bobby Olson rated it it was amazing
Judith Sparrow is a Fifteen year old girl who goes to live with her Uncle in South Carolina Because her Mother passed away. Before Judith leaves she has to go over some rules she must obey and one of those rules is that she can not bring the color green into her uncles house. Judith decides to break that rule by bringing a green framed picture of her and her mother inside the house so she can look at her everyday. Judith pays the Consequence by getting Haunted by a ghost named "Jade Green". Fro ...more
Kayla Grant
Jun 05, 2014 Kayla Grant rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it was a spooky, old ghost tale that was well written this ghost story was not like any other.
Judith Sparrow a fifteen year old girl is forced to move in with her uncle in South Carolina. The deal about living in this house was to never bring anything green into the house which seemed quite peculiar to Judith. While unpacking her bags, she comes across the picture of her mother but the problem is that it is in a green frame. She doesn't see any harm in hiding the pictu
Morgan Mescher
Dec 18, 2014 Morgan Mescher rated it it was amazing
This book is so worth five stars! This book will make you want to keep reading it and never stop. I would give this book five stars because the book is intriguing. You don't know what the cousin will do, or what the spirit of a young girl would do. This book is really easy to read. You only need to love suspense. The young girls parents die so she goes to her uncles house to stay. while there she hears noises, sees things no one else sees, until the end, but the end is the best part you think th ...more
Kassy Carreon
Mar 27, 2015 Kassy Carreon rated it liked it

I thought Jade Green had good plot and it was very quick to read which for me was easy to understand and the author didn’t fail to grasp my attention with so much happening in the book. I wouldnt say it was scary and that's probably because ive seen extremely scary movies and this book didnt scare me but it was interesting even though it was very short.

I felt like there was mysteries but not all of them were solved. I’m somewhere between “its okay” and “I liked it.” What I really liked about it
Linda Lipko
Feb 04, 2014 Linda Lipko rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
Walking past one of the many book cases in the house, I grabbed this to read on a snowy day.

I have a habit of collecting YA and books. Before adding more, I'm randomly reading some I have accumulated and then sending them along to the library.

A lonely young orphaned girl is taken in by an Uncle who lives in a large house with his housekeeper and near-do-well son.

The son Charles is a creepy letch. The housekeeper is loving and kind, as well as the Uncle.

Learning that a previous young woman who l
Kristin Grieshop
Jan 27, 2015 Kristin Grieshop rated it it was amazing
I rated Jade Green a 5-star book. I rated it 5 stars because it was an excellent book to read. It was very entertaining, yet mysterious. This book was easy to read because the author did not use very many big words that you don't hear in every day life. This book is about a girl who moves away from her home into her uncle and cousin's house far away. She is not allowed to bring the color green into the house, but she ignores that rule because of a special gift she was given to by her mother that ...more
Mar 30, 2008 Marilyn rated it really liked it
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!
Fowler Library
Aug 06, 2015 Fowler Library rated it it was amazing
Judith Stewart is an orphan. Her uncle has agreed to take her in under one condition: she bring nothing green into the house. She follows the request except for a green picture frame that was given to her by her mother. What harm could one small piece of green cause if she kept it safely hidden in her trunk in the back of her closet? That night she hears scratching and clawing in her closet. Must be mice she thinks. It is not long before she hears stories about the last girl who had lived in tha ...more
Oct 16, 2013 Josiah rated it it was ok
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
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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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