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All the Lovely Bad Ones

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Travis and his sister, Corey, can t resist a good trick. When they learn that their grandmother's quiet Vermont inn, where they re spending the summer, has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little haunting of their own. Before long, their supernatural pranks have tourists flocking to the inn, and business booms. But Travis and Corey soon find out that they ...more
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Clarion Books
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Sana
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reread is on hold for five months. Don't feel this rn. 😂
Sian Jones
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, ghost-stories
Has some genuinely spooky moments, with a believably evil set of baddies, but my enjoyment was hampered by a couple of things: the underdeveloped main characters and the inconsistency of ghosts' actions with the conventions of ghosthood.

I need more of a past for Travis and Corey than "They're pranksters, the little rascals!" I need to know why in three months, in dire circumstances, there is never any mention of their parents -- wanting their parents with them, resenting their parents for sendin
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Liza Fireman
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book, for a children's book it is excelling. There is suspense, but not enough to be creepy or scary. It is moving fast, just in the right amount to be entertaining.

Travis and his sister, Corey come to stay with their grandmother. Pretty quick, they understand that the inn was known to be haunted. They decided to bring the place to life (or to death actually), and play tricks on the guests. After their tricks, probably grandma will have more guests.
But then, their plan is no
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Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
As a kid, I absolutely loved Wait Till Helen Comes. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I read it. It was just the right level of creepy I needed in elementary school. I'm very sure that if I'd read All the Lovely Bad Ones at the same time, I would have loved it every bit as much. Alas, I didn't.

All credit where it's due, there are plenty of things to like about this book. It's very readable, the ghosts have a credible backstory, and the evil in the house is nicely malevolent. There ar
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Jim
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
All the Lovely Bad Ones, by author Mary Downing Hahn, is yet another horrifyingly spooky young readers ghost story by an ageless wonder. This time MDH delivers a spine-chilling tale about siblings Travis and Corey who are visiting their grandma's inn for the summer. When they decide to play a terrifying trick on her guests, they inadvertently stir up a whole barrel of trouble, ya hear? Before they know it they're caught up in a firestorm of bitter hickish motel cooks, psychedelic pot-smoking hip ...more
Brendaaa;
Sep 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
My book that i read was "All the Lovely Bad ones" this book was a scary book i really enjoyed it.
The beginning,Corey and Travis get kicked out of the camp there at,so there mom sends them too the inn,where there grandma is the owner of that hotel. they are sent there for the hole summer. they meet acouple at the inn and they are ghost hunters. And Corey and Travis start playing of jokes on all the people there so reporters can go and interview them so they can become famous. well all of the sud
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Ivonne Rovira
Author Mary Downing Hahn writes one great ghost story aimed at middle-grade readers after another. I'd already read Wait till Helen comes, The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story, and The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall (The last is probably the scariest of the lot; I'm a grown woman and I had a bit of trouble sleeping!) All the Lovely Bad Ones ranks with the rest.

Mischievous siblings Travis and Corey Donovan stir up more than just trouble when they pretend to be ghosts at their grandmother's Vermont inn
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Zora
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing
Well the starting is that Travis and his little sister Corey don't want to go to camp, more or less they got kicked out, so there parents send them to there grandmothers inn for the summer,so when they get there they meet some people talking about the inn being haunted people would hear moning and groning,toilets flushing over and over again stomping I could go on all day,but later on in the story travis and cory start scaring the guests and the inn by acting like there the
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Angie Gaynor
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
What would you do if you saw a ghost? Would you freak out? Would you be normal? Tell me how you would feel what your reaction would be?

Travis and his sister are visiting there grandparents for the weekend, but they find something odd. its odd say but they find a ghost. like a old spirit in there house. and its way more odd once they find. they always see it and they talk to it.

i liked this story, but not as much. because it needs more spice. but i like the scary parts of the story, but it need
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Aloke
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Spooky page turner for fifth graders and their parents alike. Is it a coincidence that this tale of rich fat cats benefitting on the backs of the poor is set in Bernie Sanders' home state? I think I know who Martha Brewster will be voting for.
Jenny Baker
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, horror
This wasn't nearly as good as One for Sorrow. ...more
Imari
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book so tedious that you wanted to fall off a cliff? Well my book, All The Lovely Bad Ones will have you so interested,determined, and excited to read more.

The Genre of All The Lovely Bad Ones is Mystery, My opinion on this book is that it really had me interested. Not like other books where I just want to read and get it over with. It was so good that I really wanted to write a book exactly similar. ***Spoiler alert*** When I found out that Travis and Corey woke something
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Piepie
A chilling, creepy story. Your heart just breaks for the sad little ghost children.
Brandy
Travis and Corey are spending the summer at the grandmother's isolated Vermont inn--an excellent alternative to the summer camp they got banned from after last summer's pranks and mischief. Grandmother's inn isn't doing too well, though, since the ghostly activity has ceased, as people don't come so far out of their way to visit an un-haunted inn. The siblings vow to turn things around for their grandmother, and stage a haunting to convince the current guests that the inn still has some secrets. ...more
Doris
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preteens, anyone who reads ghost stories
Shelves: mystery, horror
The book itself appealed to me from the title, from a poem / warning to children. This thin book is something I hope will appeal to the non-reading junior members of the family, and, being one of those who reads everything, once it was in my hand I had to read it through.

The story starts with 2 children who are right away identified as "bad" - Travis and Corey were into so much mischief that summer camp rejected them, and the only choices left were summer school or spending the summer with thei
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Tyler Crews
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I choose this book,because i like to read books about ghost.This book is a fiction book.The lovely bad ones take place at the fox inn motle in Vermount.There are two main character's in this book,there names are Travis who is 13 and Cory who is 12.They are brother and sister. This book is about two kids who go and stay with there grandma for the summer. There gradma owneds the fox Inn in vermount.The two kids found out that the motle is hunted from this book they found in the Fox Inn libery. Cor ...more
Jody Mena
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
A ghost story, but not a particularly scary story, even for a children's book. Ghosts just aren't as scary when the protagonist can sit on the porch and have a conversation with them. It was more sad than scary, with the stories about the poor farm. The only real nervous moments were of a much more mundane nature, like children being caught somewhere they shouldn't be, doing something they shouldn't (lots of that). The final confrontation with Miss Ada was the only truly creepy part. However, it ...more
Trinity
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All the lovely bad ones aren't as bad as you think they would be....... It all started when Cory (girl younger) and Travis Cory's big brother came to there grandmas in for the summer.. They heard people think it's haunted so they started doing some tricking that woke something that should have not woken up... Cory and Travis met the lovely bad ones and how there life was. The lovely bad ones where children living in a poor home which where in the same area as the inn and how mrs. Ada owns how sh ...more
Amy
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**listened to audio CD**
** Booklist and School Library Journal list this book as grades 4-7.**

I would not have read this book as a child, but children who enjoy scary books/ movies will like it. Only two scenes toward the end were too dark for me. (**spoiler alert** The scenes that describe Ada's hanging and when she tries to get Travis to hang himself were the ones that were too disturbing for grades 4-7.)

I am happy that my library has several of Hahn's books. Her writing is so vivid that I f
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Hailey Higgs
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Travis and Corey from the book All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hawn stay at their grandmother’s quiet inn called Fox Hill Inn over in Vermont. When they try to make the ghost believing couple think there is still some ghostly activity left there. When they put on a ghost show they get more than they bargained for. They awake an evil spirited poor farm caretaker Mrs. Ada and the rambunctious lovely bad ones. The only ones able to put them back to sleep is Travis and Corey with a little he ...more
Lena Morfin
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked how the author made the grandma helpful because she likes to make sure the inn is clean and the rooms that the guest stay in. When I read another book about ghosts the characters are helpful and sometimes up to no good. The theme in this book is scary but interesting and it also seems that the past comes from the present. The terms in the book are that they want to make sure that you don’t want to talk about the ghost that was in all the time and they want to make sure you don’t see the ...more
Angel Gelique
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book with my eleven-year-old daughter. We both found it very enjoyable. It was a ghost story, but not a scary one; it was just perfect for pre-teens. The characters were realistic and the plot was very good.

Two young siblings are spending the summer at their grandmother's inn. The inn has a history of being haunted. The siblings decide that they could drum up business by convincing the curious guests that the ghosts have returned. Little do they realize that their actions will awake
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Devin Dzumaryk
I recommend this book to many people! This book was spooky and scary and always left me on the edge of my seat never wanting to put the book down. If you are someone who is into ghost stories and like to be scared, I recommend you read this book. Many ages of people can read this book. It's not too scary to be only for older people, it's just right.
Michelle
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
This book could be an episode of Supernatural. I kept imagining how Sam and Dean would ride up in the Impala and take charge (and shut the girl up because she was annoying). I enjoyed the story, no doubt it could have been scarier if the narrator had used spookier voices, but I think it's a good listen for kids.
Emma
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Mir
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: younger, ghosts
Bland but readable ghost story for kids who don't want to be scared. Unlike other books I've read from this author, there is nothing creepy here.
Jayden Hall
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book back in 2011, and made it to chapter 8 before I gave up.
And I almost dnfed it again, but I decided to push through it. And I'm so glad I did, because this book was actually really good. Wow, I'd like to tell pst kevs to fcking finish it xD
Kathy
2.5 stars
The ghosts were too unbelievable and it ruined the suspense. I burst out laughing several times and I dint think that was the authors attention. I realize the book is written for middle school.
Abigail Hersom
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I gave the book All the Lovely Bad Ones a 5 star rating because it was a really suspenseful book that kept me engaged in all the things that were happening to Travis and Corey and the story of the bad ones. It was very scary at first knowing that they awoke ghosts but I got used to it and it was really interesting. My favorite part is when Travis and Corey find out about what happened to the kids on the poor farm and why they are haunting them, this is my favorite part because they actually know ...more
Natalee Kirkwood
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book All the Lovely Bad Ones is a Mystery type of book and it about Travis and his sister Corey grandmother haunted inn. I thought the book was a good book my friend recommend it to me because she really liked it too and thought I would like it too. I liked how I would not want to put the book down and there was no boring parts to the book. I liked the spooky feel to the book like when the anther describes the ghost in a lot of details.***Spoiler Alert***Travis and his sister Corey got kicke ...more
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I grew up in a small shingled house down at the end of Guilford Road in College Park, Maryland. Our block was loaded with kids my age. We spent hours outdoors playing "Kick the Can" and "Mother, May I" as well as cowboy and outlaw games that usually ended in quarrels about who shot whom. In the summer, we went on day long expeditions into forbidden territory -- the woods on the other side of the t ...more

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“As Corey and I followed Grandmother out of the library, we glanced at each other. Without saying a word, I knew my sister was thinking exactly what I was thinking. Rappings and tappings, footsteps, doors opening and shutting—we could do that. And more. Bringing ghosts back to Fox Hill would be like playing haunted house all summer long.” 3 likes
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