Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Every 50 years Auntie takes a girl and keeps her. This time it’s Daniel’s little Sister and he is determined to get her back.

TookTitle:  Took: A Ghost Story
Author:  Mary Downing Hahn
Series: stand alone
Publish Date:  September 15, 2015
Genre:  Middle-Grade Horror
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description“Folks say Old Auntie takes a girl and keeps her fifty years—then lets her go and takes another one.”

Thirteen-year-old Daniel Anderson doesn’t believe Brody Mason’s crazy stories about the ghost witch who lives up on Brewster’s Hill with Bloody Bones, her man-eating razorback hog. He figures Brody’s probably just trying to scare him since he’s the new kid . . . a “stuck-up snot” from Connecticut. But Daniel’s seven-year-old sister Erica has become more and more withdrawn, talking to her lookalike doll. When she disappears into the woods one day, he knows something is terribly wrong. Did the witch strike? Has Erica been “took”?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

While the concept of a family moving into a creepy house certainly isn’t new, it still created an eerie backdrop for the story and a cute middle grade horror novel. I loved the dual narratives between the sinister Old Auntie and Daniel. Somehow it made the story a little bit creepier. I also love the fact that even though Daniel and Erica fight, he is so worried about her. It shows a true relationship between siblings.

badge4v4There were a few things that didn’t sit well with me. The small town people seem backwards and inhospitable. The kids and even most of the adults were looking down their noses at the family all because they were outsiders. I also didn’t like the fact that Daniel’s parents were under a spell for much of the book. They just seemed to give up and not even recognize their daughter when Daniel brought her back.

Overall I give this book 4 stars.

If you like this book…

…you might try The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade, The Swallow: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter, or On the Day I Died: Stories From the Grave by Candance Fleming.

About Luna Lovebooks

I love books! I also write in my spare time but due to a crazy life and millions of ideas, I have yet to finish something :/

Posted on August 13, 2016, in Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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