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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  4,358 ratings  ·  615 reviews
Something's rotten in the heart of apple country!

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

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Putnam Juvenile
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May 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Teens interested in journalism
Ugh. I hate it when an author writes an amazing book, and then writes a so-so one. Bauer's Newbery Honor work Hope was Here showed her expertise in making a lame premise interesting. In Peeled, the lame premise remained... lame.

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
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hildy Biddle wants to be a reporter more than anything and her time working at The Core, her high school paper, is just the experience she needs. Hildy lives in Banesville, a quiet city known for its apple orchards and, unfortunately, the creepy Ludlow house. The Ludlow house has always been a legend since Mrs. Ludlow and her boyfriend were found murdered in the garage and Mr. Ludlow wasn't convicted, going on to become a curmudgeon who never left the property until he died in the orchard.

The m
Brooke Shirts
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
A story of intrepid high school reporters going against their hometown's yellow rag of a newspaper? A haunted house? A murder mystery? An absolutely adorable apple valley? What's not to love here? This story is the kind of thing I fantasied about when I wrote for my high school paper: an actual story that matters to follow! A hardboiled experienced journalist for an advisor! Classmates on the paper staff who ACTUALLY CARE about writing!

Ah -- I love that the protagonist of this book is named Hild
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
OK, I pretty much know what I'm getting when I get a Joan Bauer novel, and that's fine with me, because the package includes a smart, gutsy teen protagonist (almost always female) with:

- 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
Grace Boster
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cute! I love Joan Bauer so much. I read her first book, Rules of the Road, when I was nine and ever since then, every new book by her that I see I have to read! Joan is unique as an author because her characters are all girls from hard background who have one special talent that carries them through. This is so awesome. Even though at times her books are painful and difficult to read, the message that they ultimately get across is priceless. I would recommend not only this one but all of her oth ...more
Kassandra (A Spectacular Reader)
This is a ten year old's fantasy. This is where people say cheesy things in every sentence, where houses coincidentally break down right when everyone needs to, and outcasts in the normal world become popular. Maybe it has something to do with the tone - it tried to come off as amusing and casual but ended up sounding immature more than anything else. Middle schooler would've been more appropriate for our narrator. This book might fall into the "contemporary" genre, but it was anything but reali ...more
If my eyes had not caught the bright green color of the front cover of Peeled, I probably wouldn’t have even picked it up. After I picked it up, though, I realized that it was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to read a book about a small, innocent mystery, and a realistic one too. And boy, did this book deliver a realistic mystery. If you’re looking for a small town mystery with relatable characters and nostalgic charm, I highly recommend picking up Peeled.

This story begins in Banesvill
Melanie Dulaney
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am such a fan of Joan Bauer's books and while this one did not tug on my heartstrings and loosen the tears like some others, it warmed my heart and left me happy with the outcome for another teen faced with a serious situation. Enter Hildy Biddle, daughter of a deceased newspaper man, part of a agricultural family, and a budding journalist. Her town has two standout features--its history of fine apples and assorted other fruits and vegetables plus a deserted, and supposedly haunted, mansion. T ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute. Amusing.
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
Cecily Kyle
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: towers
The apple theme was really strong in this novel, I was surprised how many things could be turned into a pun about apples. I was pleasantly surprised with the story overall but it was a little slow in the plot and not enough character development, but I liked what the book stood for.
Decent, quick read!
Daviana A
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I selected this book peeled because it was a book about death and mystery and those books with that kind of murder mystery plot and suspense really pulls me in. I also picked this book because my friend who is a junior said it was a good book filled with was a lot of unknown factors and having to use your brain for common sense to have to figure things out yourself. This book is interesting and relevant to the experience of young people that makes it easily relatable to.

This book is about a you
Pratham Longia
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the book because it was realistic and realatable.
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, ya
Technically this would be 2 1/2 stars, but I'm not given that option.
'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
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The main character of the book is Hiddly. And her passion is journalism. But when the town news mentions something about a ghost baiting the town it make her career a lot more difficult to understand. Hiddly is very smart and very persistent with her work! Hiddly throughout the book was very interested with the "ghost" story the the news talked about. Personally the book was amazing and I recommend this book.
Steph (Reviewer X)
As of finishing Peeled, I have to say, without a doubt, it’s getting some big smiles la Steph. It appealed to me tremendously to begin with, because of the journalism element and the fact it’s set in the country. No need to say more—I love tranquil stories and nothing like a little country haze to get effect.

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
Julianna Icenhour
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Peeled” is a book about a high school newspaper team who wants to give their readers nothing but the truth. Throughout the book they face problems regarding their freedom of speech, but eventually uncover a plan endangering the whole town. This book is a quick read, but at times can get really slow. Mostly because they have to plan what to write, what to publish, and check over their facts; which takes along time. The book doesn't really skip days it goes on like real life, so if nothing happe ...more
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Hildy Biddie wants to be a journalist, not just any journalist, but a Good journalist. She strives hard to get all the facts straight and get every angle of the story before she publishes it. She writes for her high school newspaper and is waiting for the perfect moment for her work to shine when interest about the old haunted Ludlow House starts creeping up. Pretty soon Hildy is caught up in a story that she must crack.

I enjoyed reading this book, Joan Bauer is one of my favorite authors. Her w
Julia Klot
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a high school news reporter for The Core, it's not always easy for Hildy Biddle to capture the facts, especially when The Core's competitors at The Bee play up the community's fears with false articles about creepy occurrences. As The Bee continues to publish, their subscriptions increase and they thrive, while The Core, desperate to uncover the truth, heads downhill. However, Hildy is determined to discover what's really going on, and as her newspaper struggles to be heard, she tries to find ...more
May 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
I thought it was disjointed & stereotypical (characters' names especially!). I didn't understand the whole "fear" aspect. If the author would have focused more on the effects of a bad economy on a small town, that would have been one thing, but instead we're supposed to believe that most of the community is crippled by fear -- by a "haunted house" and ghostly presence, nonetheless. What's so scary about some trespassers putting signs on a door? I didn't get it. Another thing that bothered me ...more
Sep 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-books
I'm sorry I listened to this book, rather than read it. The book focuses on another of Joan Bauer's strong, independent, hard working girls - this one a journalist - as she works to solve a mystery and save her town. The problem I had was that the narrator's voice was very dull, so I didn't connect with the story. Halfway through, I couldn't remember who some of the names referred to. it, don't listen!
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Peeled" is about a high school reporter named Hildy Biddle. She waits and waits for a shocking story for the chance to prove herself as a solid reporter. She finally finds one when a ghost starts to haunt the town. Will she succeed? Read the book to find out!
Aug 17, 2008 rated it liked it
OMG! They totally would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling kids.
tm Scooby Doo
(Actually the Husband says this was also an Andy Griffith plot, can anyone verify?)
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fun and interesting with "ghosts" and a mystery. The focus on newspapers makes you wonder about the future of newspapers in our society.
Noelle Jones
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a pretty good book. I rated it a 3/5 because I never really been into journalists and stuff like that but I enjoyed reading it.
Mar 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, teen-fiction
I rarely don't finish books because I don't like them. I couldn't finish this one. I finally gave up around page 20. Didn't like the style at all.
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Some of my reading group kids loved this one...but, it wasn't my kind of book.
Oct 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Good book to read with your daughters fun and adventurous.
Evan Davies
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
“Peeled” by Joan Bauer is a story about Hildy Biddle and her Banesville High classmates, who try to take down a big-name newspaper, “The Bee” that is publishing lies and embellishments. They do this by using their school newspaper, “The Core”, to regularly bash the paper until they run into trouble with the law and just cannot take anymore.
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
Eliza Noel
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
||peeled by joan bauer||

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
Nichole Hollingsworth
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really didnt expect to like this book quite as much as I did. For a seemingly light realistic fiction, this novel dealt with serious real world issues including abuse of press and manipulation of facts to influence people.

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
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