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The Dreadful Revenge of Ernest Gallen

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In the quiet town of Magnolia, someone is a' haunting, making people do awfully weird things. Eugene knows because he's being haunted, too. His friend Sonny's dad walked right off of a building and fell to his death, and then another friend's dad crashed his car into a tree. The same "specter" that was haunting them is inside Eugene, talking to him, telling him to do crazy ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Ambria Brown
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was really good and suspenseful. I think the reason why i chose it because I love mysteries and when I saw the title of this book I was drawn to it.I think my favorite characters in this book was the voice[Ernest Gallen]and gene,I like the voice because it was really focused on getting what it wanted and i like Gene because gene would stop at nothing to protect the people he loves from the voice. The dreadful Revenge of Ernest Gallen was mainly about Gene Richards is being hau ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Looking for a good mystery/ghost story? THE DREADFUL REVENGE OF ERNEST GALLEN will be a satisfying read.

Young Eugene "Gene" Richards feels a tightness in his chest. Then there is a strange sensation, like a motion wiggling in his center. What follows is the scariest thing - a voice begins to speak to Gene from somewhere inside.

Over the course of a few weeks, the strange feeling and the internal voice continue to visit Gene. The vo
Sep 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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May 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Set during the depression. Gene, who lives with his mother and grandfather, starts hearing a voice telling him scary things about his grandfather. It turns out Gene is being haunted by a very malicious ghost who is trying to get revenge on the grandfather and others who were part of a lynching gang which killed him after he, the ghost when alive, swindled a bunch of people in town. The ghost has made Gene’s friend’s father kill himself (it looked like an accident), caused another father to run h ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
As mysteries go, this wasn't bad. Set during the depression, the main character, Eugene, and his two friends explore a scandal from the past. There are supernatural elements. Ghosts. Etc.

But at the same time, the ending was abrupt and anticlimactic. Loose ends tied up too quickly and too neatly.

And the narrator kept using the phrase "on the same wavelength" over and over again--which in reality COULD have been part of the vernacular in the 30's, but the first documented use of the phrase IN THAT
Despite a VERY weak ending (that's also a "deus ex machina"), I'm recommending this book for kids who are looking for a different kind of ghost story. (You can read the description; I won't go into it here.) There's plenty of interesting things going on and some of the book gets quite dark, so I'd probably recommend this for the older end of middle grade readers (although much of it appears geared toward the younger crowd). Definitely worth picking up for that reader who enjoys a supernatural el ...more
Addison Children
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
This horror tale didn't cause me to lose sleep, but was age appropriate for 4th- 5th graders. Eugene starts hearing a voice in his head and needs to figure out what it wants. It seems the voice has already caused a �??suicide,�?� and a near fatal auto accident. His friends Sonny and Sam help solve the mystery by looking through old newspapers. (Oh for the Internet, or even microfiche, the story is set in 1929.)
May 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Rural Illinois a few years after the Great Depression, combined with a supernatural specter who inhabits people and can bend their minds to do terrible things. A very original setting. This book was pretty fascinating until the last part, which seemed like a quick (and somewhat lame) way of ending the book. There needed to be some sort of big boom of an ending and there really wasn't.

Otherwise, very enjoyable and slightly creepy.
Gerald Curtis
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a "young adult" story, but it held my attention and I enjoyed it because of the characterizations and the challenges that they confronted.

I will read more of this author when I want something interesting but relaxing.
I thought this was a great book with a good mystery to it! At the end of each chapter, it has a stunning cliff-hanger and the author leaves you hungrey for more. i thought this book was a great mystery!
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: jr-ghost
Could have been better. a bit disappointing.
Ashley M
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
The "Dreadful Revenge Of Ernest Gallen" was a spine-tingling book. If your into mysteries and thrillers then i recommend this book.Gene will stop at nothing to protect his loved ones
Eric W
Dec 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Didn't like this book much......
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James Lincoln Collier (born June 27, 1928) is a journalist, author, and professional musician.

Collier's notable literary works include My Brother Sam Is Dead (1974), a Newbery Honor book that was also named a Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association and nominated for a National Book Award in 1975. He also wrote a children's book titled The Empty Mirror (2004), The Teddy Bear Hab
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