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.
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 But Daniel’s seven-year-old sister Erica has become more and more withdrawn, talking to her lookalike doll.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 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.
There 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.
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