Hildy Biddle dreams of being a journalist. A reporter for her high school newspaper, The Core, she's just waiting for a chance to prove herself. Not content to just cover school issues, Hildy's drawn to the town's big story--the haunted old Ludlow house. On the surface, Banesville, USA, seems like such a happy place, but la...more
The story is about Hildy Biddle, a high school reporter who is always searching for the truth. Her high school paper, The Core, hasn't been receiving as much attention as she would like. When mysterious hauntings and ghostly sightings enshroud the Ludlow house, Hildy take ...more
The m ...more
Ah -- I love that the protagonist of this book is named Hild ...more
- loyal, quirky friends and family
- an ability to wax poetic on her favorite job or hobby, whether it's photography, history, or selling shoes
- budding romance with a truly nice, caring member of the desired sex
- an extended community worth fighting for
- some outside threat whose butt is ultimately kicked by teamw ...more
This story begins in Banesvill ...more
Too many characters to keep track of but the humor was good.
Likeable characters. I loved the color code system she had w/her best friend. (ie. black=what’s going on?, red=danger, etc…)
As an adult, it was a good read, since it’s geared towards the YA audience. I would say middle & high schoolers. Kids who like a mystery.
People who’ve worked on their school papers.
I wondered about all the ex-boyfriends who cheated on her that Hildy had. It would make me smile but is that somethin ...more
Decent, quick read!
This book is about a you ...more
'Peeled' is a YA mystery appropriate for ages 12-17 according the the back of the audiobook. But from reading the book, I would say the book hugs the lower end of that range tightly.
Our lead character is a 16 year old high schooler (though you can only tell because the fact she drives) who's a feature writer for the school paper 'The Core'. Things start going strangely when the old house at the end of town starts to show signs ...more
Onward. I’m going to try this new thing where I’ll say the bad things before the positive, so I can end this review on a good note. (After all, I’d hate to go the other way and have a bitter ...more
I enjoyed reading this book, Joan Bauer is one of my favorite authors. Her w ...more
This book was not a book I enjoyed very much. Much if my distaste for this book was the fact that it was too cliche. Like in many other books, this book took ...more
a small town, a 'haunted' house and a teen who dreams of being a big-time reporter just like her dad who died a few years ago. some main themes in this book are persevering even when it's hard and not letting fear control you. i loved this book so much. joan bauer is one of my all-time favorite authors. her characters are always interesting, small town settings lovable and food descriptions, well, delicious! i would recommend this book to teen girls who need a simple and ...more
Without giving too much away, Hildy follows her gut about the truth and her mentor pushes her in both her writing and investigation to uncover the truth behind sudden reports of a haunted house that sends her small community into panic. The plot behind the haunting accusation ...more
July 12, 1951 - I was born at eleven A.M., a most reasonable time, my mother often said, and when the nurse put me in my mother's arms for the first time I had both a nasty case of the hiccups and no discernible forehead (it's since grown in). I've always believed in comic entrances.
As I grew up in River Forest, Illinois, in the 1950's, I seem to remember a ...more
I bit my lip, waiting.
"Well..." He looked down. "I'm not sure how to say this." He took a deep breath and announced, "I really like fighting evil with you.”