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The Resource Deep and dark and dangerous, Mary Downing Hahn

Deep and dark and dangerous, Mary Downing Hahn

Label
Deep and dark and dangerous
Title
Deep and dark and dangerous
Statement of responsibility
Mary Downing Hahn
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When thirteen-year-old Ali spends the summer with her aunt and cousin at the family's vacation home, she stumbles upon a secret that her mother and aunt have been hiding for over thirty years
Tone
Award
  • Colorado Children's Book Award, Junior Book, 2010.
  • Georgia Children's Book Award, 2010.
  • Golden Sower Award (Nebraska), Grades 4-6, 2010.
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award (Arizona), Intermediate Book Category, 2009.
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award (Wyoming), 2010.
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award (New Mexico), Young Adult category, 2010.
  • Mark Twain Award (Missouri), 2010.
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award (Minnesota), Division I (Grades 3-5), 2011.
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award (Minnesota), Division II (Grades 6-8), 2011.
Review
  • Hahn offers another eerie, suspenseful ghost story filled with family secrets. Thirteen-year-old Ali is thrilled when her aunt Dulcie invites her to spend the summer at the familys Maine cottage, where Ali will help babysit her four-year-old cousin, Emma. Things fall apart, however, when Sissie, a mysterious, manipulative girl, befriends Emma. As tensions rise, Ali begins to piece together rumors about a childhood tragedy that continues to haunt her mother and Dulcie. Early on, Hahn drops heavy hints about who Sissie is. Guessing her identity wont spoil the suspense for readers, though; on the contrary, it will feed their sense of terror as events unfold. The emotional weight of family dynamics and the private burdens of adults might have overwhelmed the ghost story, but Hahn maintains the momentum with scenes that will chill readers as surely as a plunge in cold water. Young people will easily connect with sensitive Ali, whose search for family truths feels like good practice for crossing a minefield. -- Gillian Engberg (Reviewed 03-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 14, p47)
  • Gr 4-7 –Thirteen-year-old Ali is excited to be spending the summer with her Aunt Dulcie, an artist, and her four-year-old cousin, Emma, in the Maine lakeside cottage where her aunt and mother spent their childhood summers. But why is Ali’s mother so terrified to let her go? Why did the sisters’ annual sojourns there stop so abruptly 30 years earlier? And what is the meaning of Ali’s recurring dream in which, while walking along the shore of Sycamore Lake, she meets a young girl who points to three girls in a canoe and admonishes, “you must do something about this?” Ali soon discovers that Teresa, her mother’s and aunt’s playmate, had disappeared and was presumed drowned when their grandfather’s empty canoe washed up on shore. When a strange girl calling herself Sissy shows up at the cottage and lures Emma into defiant and dangerous behavior, Ali finally realizes who she is. Hahn weaves into the story some classic mystery elements such as a torn photograph, a waterlogged doll, dense fog, and an empty grave, all of which add to the suspense and keep the well-plotted story moving along to a satisfying conclusion.–Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY --Marie Orlando (Reviewed May 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 5, p134)
  • Twelve-year-old Ali is excited by the prospect of spending the summer at Sycamore Lake, babysitting her four-year-old cousin Emma while her Aunt Dulcie paints at the newly renovated, long-deserted family cottage. But who is the neighbor girl "Sissy," who wedges herself like a thorn between the two girls? Who is "Teresa," the girl torn out of a family photograph, and who all the town seems to know about? Why does Ali's mother refuse to come to the cabin, and why do Dulcie's paintings suddenly take a dark and watery tone? Signature spooky Hahn sends appropriate shivers up the reader's spine. If Ali's insights into Sissy's psychological problems are surprisingly mature, they're necessary to render the reader's delightful fright into a satisfyingly chilly but calm resolution. Not terribly surprising, but it does the trick. (Fiction. 9-13) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
165227
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hahn, Mary Downing
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
650
Intended audience source
LExile
LC call number
PZ7.H1256
LC item number
Dee 2007
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Secrets
  • Ghosts
  • Mother and daughters
  • Cousins
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Deep and dark and dangerous, Mary Downing Hahn
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
187 p.
Isbn
9780547076454
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2006025652
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780618665457
  • (OCoLC)71237262
Label
Deep and dark and dangerous, Mary Downing Hahn
Publication
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
187 p.
Isbn
9780547076454
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2006025652
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780618665457
  • (OCoLC)71237262

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