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The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  6,575 ratings  ·  762 reviews
When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents' death.
But Florence doesn't expect the ghost of her cousin S
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 6th 2010 by Clarion Books
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Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Honestly I wasn't all that into this book. I love Mary Downing Hahn! But this book just wasn't it for me. I'll admit it was a bit creepy and I did enjoy it but it wasn't the best book I've read from her. It definitely had a Victorian feel to it that I absolutely loved but I felt there could have been more to the story. Also the synopsis gives to much away. Going into this story knowing vaguely what it's about is the best way to approach it. ...more
not as dark & scary as i wanted, but definitely a quick read.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 STARS!!!

This was pretty creepy! I read it along with the audio book and the narrator was perfect, I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. I'd never read anything by Mary Downing Hahn before but have been getting recommended her for years. I'm glad this was first of hers because it was so atmospheric and spooky and took place in the Victorian era, which is one of my favorite eras. My one issue with this book is that I think it could've been a lot darker and a twist would've been perfect, but t
Book of Secrets
3.5 Stars → Spooky Victorian ghost story aimed at middle grade readers. I enjoyed it, though I think the ending could have been better. There were lessons that could have been learned by the adults and kids regarding how the vengeful spirit was treated while living.
L.E. Fidler
i love mary downing hahn for creating my most favorite childhood book wait till helen comes and was hoping to begin gathering some of her other efforts for fiona's library, but this one is just disappointing.

imagine, if you will, The Secret Garden, Turn of the Screw, Jane Eyre, and the last scene from the movie Carrie and you'll pretty much have this one all taken care of.

there is nothing new under the sun, but there is at least some effort, usually, in masking it. here, we have the story of flo
Jazmin Arroyo
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wanted to explore a haunted house? Of course I think you know what kind of genre this book is already, mystery and fantasy. Overall i think this is an interisting story.

This book is taken place in an old creepy mansion that is also known as Crutchfield Hall. This book all started of as orphan named Florence transitioning from an orphanage to a mansion. Finding out that her cousin was sick and she couldnt even interact with him was a big dissapoitment for her, she had no idea why
Emily Theroux
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this was a good book. I finished it in two days becouse it was so good and I just couldnt stop reading. In this book a girl named Florence is an orphan, and then her uncle takes her in. At her new home she finds out that her cousin Sophia died not to long ago. Then she finds that her cousin James is sick and she cant even go into his room. Then she starts to see Sophia even though she is dead. Sophia tells Florence that she can wear her old dress and she even does her hair, then ...more
Amber J
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

It was a quick, fun read. I didn't find it particularly scary though. But I can see how younger children would. I introduced Hahn's books to my 12-year-old niece and she loves them. If I run across more of her books I'll read them, but I won't actively search for th
Era ➶
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read this in grade school because my friend was doing it for a project. I got bored after I finished mine (the good old days when I could actually do my work) and stole her book while she hot-glued some things to her project board.
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
Another stop on my tour of middle grade horror...

I wasn't a fan of this one. To be blunt, the plot was flat, the storytelling was lazy, and the characters were annoying. I particularly hated the ghost. I realize she was supposed to be a brat, but it was done in such a way that if she haunted me, I'd be irritated instead of scared when she showed up in my room at night.

The author clearly intended for this to be a grand homage to all the classic Gothics and ghost stories and to hammer this point
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zach
Recommended to Denali by: Saleema
Shelves: young-adult
This is a classic ghost story about a young orphan Florence who struggles to transition from an orphanage in the city, to a large house in the country. The house is owned by her great aunt and uncle. Her uncle is overjoyed to have a new member of the family and treats her with kindness. Her aunt still cries about Sophia's death and is always comparing Florence to Sofia. The last member of the house is a young boy by the name of James. He is Florance's cousin and is very sick. He has never left h ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Even though The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall was written for children aged 9 and up, it was so chilling and suspenseful that this middle-aged woman was glad that I "read" it in the version in a van full of six people in broad daylight! The terrifying ending made me jump!

Don't be put off by the knowledge that this is kid lit. Adults will thoroughly enjoy Mary Downing Hahn]'s well-crafted 19th century ghost tale. If anything, I think this short novel is just too scary for most elementary-
Alethea A
Jun 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Alethea by: netgalley
Creepy, but ultimately unspectacular. I don't know if this counts as historical fiction, as there is little in the way of history other than author name-dropping (Dickens, Bunyan, etc.) But I am almost entirely sure that if I were 8 years old and reading this book, I would be sleeping with the lights on. ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i thought was really good
This truly is a much more traditional Victorian ghost story and I loved it! While it very much carried a Secret Garden element do it with the sickly brother never coming out of his room, that's pretty much where the similarities end.

Florence is stuck in a conundrum, having left her friends at the orphanage to be alone in an old house with a rather doting uncle and an aunt that hates her, not to mention a cousin she never sees and a dead cousin that won't leave her alone. She has no one to compla
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I actually wanted to give this one 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed the setting of the story and the characters more than the plot itself. Florence Crutchfield arrives at her uncle's house from the orphanage where she has lived for the past 7 years to find an aunt who doesn't want her there, a sickly, bed-ridden cousin, and the mean, vengeful ghost of her cousin Sophia, who is out to harm her sickly brother James. I have a few problems with the story. First, once Florence arrives she seems to go for days ...more
Lydia Presley
Jun 10, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a very short (132 pages) ghost story that had quite a few tried-and-true methods of scaring the living bejeebus out of a person like me. Recently I've been diving into the more tame horror novels and all I can say is I'm glad I read this one in the light of day.

The story begins with a setting very similar to The Secret Garden. Girl (Florence) arrives at a creepy large house, taken in by her older Aunt and Uncle and has a sick boy cousin hidden away in his room. The similarities really e
Logan Feltz
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
The book The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a very good book on my part. The main character of this book is a twelve year old boy by the name of Florence that has spent the past seven years of her life in the orphanage. She had then moved to her great uncle's country estate thinking life would be better. She didn't think it was so great when she runs into her cousin (Sophia's) ghost. Sophia was always jealous of her brother and is now trying to influence Florence to kill him.

I would recommend thi
Mar 28, 2013 added it
Shelves: king-s-korner
The Ghost of Cruchfield Hall

Written by: Mary Downing Hahn

Review by: Ashley Kelley

The Ghost of Cruchfield Hall takes place in 1884. It all starts when Florence Cruchfield gets adopted by her uncle and moves to his house called Cruchfield Hall. She was an orphan because her parents died in a boating accident when she was five.When she first got there she was warmly greeted by her sweet uncle. But automaticly hated by her aunt for no reason. Her uncle told her that her cousin James was upstairs
Alexis Flores
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this horrifying/scary story, you will find that this book is kind of different than other scary stories that you've maybe read. Even though this book gave me goosebumps at some point, I still liked this book.
This story takes place in the nineteenth century, at Florence's (the main character) great uncle's manor. The setting is important because it helps set the mood of the story.
A twelve year old orphan, Florence boards a horse drawn coach in London, she's looking to start new with her grea
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
12-year old Florence has lived 7 long years at Miss Medleycoate's Home for Orphan Girls, following the accidental death of her parents. When her great uncle contacts the orphanage saying he wants Florence to come live with him at Crutchfield Hall, she is excited to be starting a new life. She even has a cousin James that she longs to meet. When she arrives at Crutchfield Hall, she learns that her Aunt doesn't want her there, James is ill and never leaves his room, and the Hall is haunted by a ve ...more
Monique S. (The Ginger Librarian)
This seemed to me to be a ghost story version of "The Secret Garden," which I re-read recently. “The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall” and “The Secret Garden” are both set in England over 100 years ago. Both have a main character that is an early adolescent girl whose parents died and was sent to live in her wealthy uncle’s enormous, old, family manor, which contains an upper floor with numerous vacant rooms that people once lived in, years ago(view spoiler) ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Review #2 - October 2020

After that last review, I was not thrilled to discover that this book was on the Battle of the Books list.

Apparently, not reading Hahn's books all in a row makes them more palatable. I didn't mind it this time around. It was pretty typical, but I liked the MC and her cousin trying to overcome the ghost of his dead sister. The end was pretty exciting too.

Not one that I want to be reading over and over again but it was kind of nice reading something so short and simple. M
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

In Victorian times, Florence is rescued from the orphanage by her rich Great-Uncle Tom, and goes to live in his country manor, Crutchfield Hall. There she discovers that her cousin James is an invalid, bedbound and confined to his room.

So far it's The Secret Garden, but wait!

Great-Uncle Tom's sister, the Bible-thumping Great-Aunt Eugenie, loathes and abominates the newcomer because how could Florence ever match Eugenie's darling, James's big sister Sophia, who fell off the roof to her death a ye
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a short haunting story, that reminded me a little bit of Northanger Abbey. The dark road to the house and the exterior of it had a familiar touch which I adored.

Florence is a young girl who lives in a orphanage, but one day out of the blue she’s going to live with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall. At Crutchfield Hall she finds out that she isn’t allowed to see her cousin James and feels that someone is haunting the place. It’s up to Florence to stop
Silvara Wilde
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
Check out my other reviews, discussions and link ups at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon.

This was a fairly quick read, though not up to the usual scary standards I've come to expect from this author. There was a bit of suspense, but it never got to even slightly creepy. All the workers at the Hall seemed to know Sophia's ghost was haunting them, and had been a wicked child. But Florence's Aunt and Uncle had no idea.

Florence's Aunt hated her on sight, and believed the worst about her. While at the sa
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Twelve-year-old orphan, Florence is looking forward to leaving Miss Medley’s orphanage to start her new life with her aunt and uncle at Crutchfield Hall. It’s bound to be an improvement over the orphanage. Yet though her uncle is genial enough, the rest Crutchfield Hall is a rather gloomy place inhabited by her uncle, an irritable aunt, James, her ailing cousin, and a ghost. The ghost is James’ sister Sophia. Sophia hunts Crutchfield after her accidental death. Sophia, spoiled, selfish, and crue ...more
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, it focuses on Florence who thinks she has no family until one day out of the blue she gets invited to stay with her uncle.

She goes to Crutchfield Hall full of excitment, in the hope that her cousin James will be a play partner, someone she can go exploring the countryside with. Instead she finds his dead sisters ghost, Sophia, Sophia wants revenge. She believes James killed her and wants to get her own back and make him suffer or worse. It is up to Florence to try a
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
A perfect middle grade novel for students who love mystery and suspense, but have moved out of the Goosebumps phase! I have been looking for one of these for a while.

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a chilling story of a young girl's untimely death, and the vengeance she seeks against her brother. Set in London, the story follows Florence, who has just come to live with her Uncle after being rescued from an orphanage. Florence, James and Sophia all come to life on the pages so very well. It will
Tiffany Neal
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, childrens-scary
I have mixed feelings about the book because although I enjoyed it and I think that my students will definitely enjoy it, the beginning was a slow start, and I felt the book did not end in the right spot.

The book has an interesting twist considering that it takes place in the late 1800's. It picks up pace by page 35 and truly kept me turning the pages to find out what happens, but then when the climax happens it's semi anti-climactic and predictable. I'm also a firm believer that the end should
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