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The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton
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Mar 11, 2011

really liked it
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It's been a while since I've finished a book in 24 hours, but Virginia Hamilton's The House of Dies Drear moves quickly, almost every chapter ending with a cliffhanger of some kind that pushes forward to its satisfying conclusion. It's effectively a story about father-son relationships, smartly wrapped within a ghost story, as 13-year-old Thomas Small and his professor father learn the truth about the mysterious old Civil War era house the Small family moves into, outside Columbus, OH, and its connections to the Underground Railroad.

Hamilton develops an engaging cast of characters, especially Mr. Pluto, the sinister caretaker of the house, and does a great job of weaving important bits about slavery and the Civil Rights era for context, without making it the focus of the story. For kids, it's a perfect complement to Christopher Paul Curtis' The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. Highly recommended!
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March 11, 2011 – Started Reading
March 11, 2011 – Shelved
March 11, 2011 –
21.0% "Four chapters in, it's a brisk, engaging read."
March 12, 2011 – Shelved as: my-ebooks
March 12, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Adele Symonds How do i borrow an ebook

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Guy Gonzalez Adele wrote: "How do i borrow an ebook"

From a person, via Amazon, it has to be lent by the owner. I believe the lending period is 14 days and most books can only be lent once, assuming the publisher has granted permission. Open Road, the publisher, allows lending of this particular ebook.

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Adele Symonds thanks for your helpful reply

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