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The Haunted House Project

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Since her mom died, Andie’s family has crumbled. Instead of working, her dad gambles away insurance money, while her sister, Paige, has put her future on hold in order to pick up extra waitressing shifts. Andie’s afraid of what will happen if people find out just how bad things are. She’s not sure how long she can hide the fact that there’s no food or money in the house... ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Sky Pony
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Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-top-books-2
5 STARS!!!!

This was me throughout the entire book:

This was such a sad, heartbreaking, and beautifully written story. I couldn't help but cry a few times because this type of story hits home like crazy and I appreciate it so much now after finishing it. If you're looking for something beautiful and heart-wrenching, pick this up now. It will break your heart and make you smile at the same time. It also has tones of the paranormal, which I loved as well. My full Book Thoughts video will be up Oct
Wendi Lee
Andie's mother died, and all Andie wants is for her family to be normal again. Instead her older sister is working extra shifts at a diner, and her father often forgets to go grocery shopping. Andie, who has always been obsessed with ghost stories, decides to pretend that her mother is haunting her family. This seems to be the only way to get through to them.

I was very impressed with this MG novel. Every single character, even the minor ones, are three dimensional and multi-faceted. In addition
Jenn Bishop
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My heart broke for Andie, who yearns for something resembling normalcy in the aftermath of her mother's death in a car accident. Andie watches on as her father struggles with alcoholism and gambling, and her older sister drifts off the course she and her mother charted for her future. But she has a solution--an intriguing one--that forms the basis of the plot. Could pretending to be her mother's ghost put everyone back on track?

Clasen smartly keeps the book out of saccharine territory, firmly r
Jennie Brown
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me just say ... I LOVED this book! So many feels throughout! After Andie's mother dies, she decides the best way to bring her family back together is by pretending to be her mother's ghost. I absolutely loved this clever premise, and Andie was such a strong, intelligent, and very realistic character. I will definitely be recommending this to middle grade readers when school begins in a few weeks! ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Andie's family has basically fallen apart since her mother died. Then Andie gets a good idea from her beloved ghost stories and her current science project. Will "haunting" her house help bring the family back together? ...more
Casey Lyall
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Andie's world is falling apart. After the death of her mother, she just wants things to go back to normal, but between her father's alcoholism and gambling and her sister working hard to make ends meet, that's not going to happen any time soon. When her science partner suggests a study of paranormal activity for their project, Andie has an idea to try and turn things around at her house. Heartbreaking and beautifully written, this is a story about grief and loss and the things we do for the ones ...more
Kathleen Burkinshaw
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I will confess, I am not big on scary books, so I started this one with trepidation. It was nothing like I expected and so, so good! The thing is, while the title may have mis-led me, it fit the book perfectly.

It has been less than a year since Andie's mom died suddenly and unexpectedly in a car crash. And nothing has been the same since. Her dad and sister have changed so much, and Andie is worried about them. Their mom was the glue that kept them all together and the thing that made her famil
Lois Sepahban
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to read an ARC of The Haunted House Project.

Beautiful story about loss and hope. Main character Andie is so easy to love--her yearning for her mother and for a time when everything was okay is heartbreaking and, ultimately, uplifting.

I can't wait to pass this book along to students.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Haunted House Project is a very fascinating book. I loved it. Andie's family is ripped apart when her mom dies. She tries to help by pretending her mom's ghost is still around and she haunts her family. She gets new friends and finds and learns new things. This book is a must read! ...more
Brooke Wilson
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ghosts stories aren't really my genre, but picked this up since it is a Young Hoosier award winner. Will definitely be recommending this to my fifth graders next year in the library. Sweet and fun read. ...more
Jen Petro-Roy
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, middle-grade, 2016, arc
Such a poignant story about loss, transitions, and hope. I loved Andie and her desperation and determination.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A really moving book about the bonds of family and grief. Loved the friendships in this one, too!
Margaret Boling
4/7/2019 ~ Andie's mother died in a sudden traffic accident, and now, a year after her mother's death, her family has pretty much fallen apart. While this is a story about Andie's actions to remind her dad and sister of her mother (by leaving ghost-like signs around the house), it's also a story of Andie's life at middle school - friend drama, making new friends, finding a way back to hope through a science project. I teared up a few times, but felt hopeful for Andie and her family after reading ...more
Libby Manship
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this Young Hoosier pick after my 11-year old recommended it to me and he predicted correctly — I cried (a lot)! This book especially hit home because I could closely identify with family and personal struggles after loss of a parent. If you’ve lost a loved one or had tough family challenges, this book will tug on your heart, regardless of age. Or if you know someone who has experienced this, it’s a good read. (I.e. Don’t be a Becki to them!) I have a feeling this will be a book that sticks ...more
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Heather Spang
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book takes on some very heavy topics in an age appropriate way. You'll find yourself routing for Andie and her family as they work through their grief and you'll cheer Andie on as she navigates the social morass of middle school. So many great characters and lessons in this book! ...more
Mark Frisz
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had me reminiscing about my childhood and my parents. I was fortunate enough to have both of my parents. I could still empathize with Andie, the main character. The story tugs at your heart strings. Anyone who has lost a parent will be able to appreciate this book.
Book Buying With Katie
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: yhba
I'm conflicted about this one. On the one hand, it dealt with grief and coming-of-age friendship issues in a really well-written way. On the other, it was a BIT heavy to be a middle-grade young Hoosier nominee. Not sure I want my kiddos to read this one. ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It came to me at a time of my own grief. Her characters and storyline are amazing.
Theresa Grissom
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 3rd, 4th, 5th
A heartbreaking yet honest middle grade novel about grief, loss, friendship and middle school issues. A lot of people will be able to relate to this story to some extent. Loved this book.
Kelly Gunderman
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

I am a true sucker for middle grade books. Not only are they really great reads, but they are full of raw emotion that creates these heavy stories that are written with real heart and feelings, that sometimes can't quite be captured in YA or adult novels because of all kinds of other things going on.

Also, it's rare for me to give a book a 5 star rating, but The Haunted House Project deserves more than 5 stars.
Jacquie (Rattle the Stars)
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I received this book randomly from Sky Pony Press and didn’t really think much of it. I hadn’t requested it and its target audience was middle grade. I also thought it was about a “haunted house,” so definitely not my “thing” (I really should have read the synopsis). This poor book languished on my shelf for months until I finally decided to pick it up. I needed something to read before my trip that would quick and easy to get through. Well, everything I thought that this book would be, simple, ...more
Cynthia Reeg
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Middle schooler Andie’s had to deal with more than her fair share of misery and loss over the past year. Her mother’s death has left Andie and her father and older sister reeling. When Andie attempts to revive her falling-apart family with made-up messages from the grave, she creates more havoc than help on the homefront. But at least her efforts create an opening for healing and new beginnings. This heartfelt story draws the reader into Andie’s plight with expert storytelling. The reality of yo ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review and others posted over at my blog.

Andie’s family has fallen apart in the wake of her mother’s death. Her father has retreated to casinos and bars, jobless and barely able to buy groceries. Her sister Paige spends most of her time picking up extra shifts at the diner in order to pay bills. Andie feels isolated from her friends and doesn’t feel the group therapy class she takes through school is doing her any good. But when she’s given a chance to study paranormal activity for a sc
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
Rating: 3.5 stars

I really liked this!

I found there was so much I could relate to in terms of the friendships at school. I can remember having friends that became Popular during middle school, while I transitioned to Nerd. I remember being unsure how to handle it, and being so hurt when friends started turning on me. I was never cool at school! I felt so much for Isaiah, as I could relate a little. I mean, I had some friends, but I also had people who were only nice to me when I could help them w
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
After her mother's sudden death Andie's family starts to unravel. Her father has checked-out spending his time out of work, gambling, coming in and out of the house at strange hours...forgetting to keep food in the fridge. Meanwhile Andie's sister has become withdrawn from her friends and her favorite school activities as she takes shifts at a diner to help the family make ends meet. Andie is left apart to watch all of this happen around her. Even before her mother was gone, Andie was obsessed w ...more
Ashley Cunningham
I received an Advance Reading Copy of The Haunted House Project from the publisher, Sky Pony Press. The main character, Andie, is an avid ghost story lover and begins to do research on ghosts for a school science project. Reading Andie's story of her broken family and trying to bring her father and sister "back to life" after the mother's death was truly heart-wrenching. And among this, she is dealing with typical pre-teen drama with her friends and at school. The poor girl. As a kid, I never be ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads Advance Reader Copy

About a young girl name Andie as she watches her older sister and dad slowly fall apart after the death of her mom. Her dad is not handling things well as he is drinking and gambling what little insurance money and her sister is taking extra shifts trying to keep them feed and pay bills. She is not sure how long will last at this rate.

In science class she is paired with a geeky student who talks about doing a paranormal project as she is fascinated with ghost stories
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet but not over the top sweet, just enough to make you feel invested in Andie and her family's journey through grief. It really was a rough read at times but also felt so real. This was probably the most serious/mature (not sure how to put it since really this is a topic that already affects kiddos and they probably should be reading about how a death affects a family) middle grade book I've ever read but I could see how this could open up some discussions w ...more
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