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Took: A Ghost Story

Took: A Ghost Story

Escrito por Mary Downing Hahn

Narrado por Nick Mondelli


Took: A Ghost Story

Escrito por Mary Downing Hahn

Narrado por Nick Mondelli

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4/5 (17 valoraciones)
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5 horas
Publicado:
Oct 8, 2019
ISBN:
9781974982240
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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 But Daniel’s seven-year-old sister Erica has become more and more withdrawn, talking to her lookalike doll.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?
Publicado:
Oct 8, 2019
ISBN:
9781974982240
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Sobre el autor

Mary Downing Hahn’s many acclaimed novels include such beloved ghost stories as Wait Till Helen Comes, Deep and Dark and Dangerous, and Took. A former librarian, she has received more than fifty child-voted state awards for her work. She lives in Columbia, Maryland, with a cat named Nixi.

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  • (5/5)
    I love their book, we were going to read it in class but I’m still remote so I read it on this. I think you really read this
  • (4/5)
    Another great book from Mary Downing Hahn. The story moves at a fast past and left my students in suspense when I had to stop for lunch. The antagonist is truly creepy and her deeds very scary. The element of her sidekick was in my students' opinion the best part, and they even made a game out of it. The doll was always creepy. Erica was the typically annoying sister, but her brother was brave enough to believe in impossible things and do face his fears when he goes after her.
  • (4/5)
    Took is an excellent young person's spooky story. The tale revolves around young Daniel and his family. Due to lost jobs and money troubles Daniel and his family leave their affluent lifestyle in Connecticut and move to an old, run-down farmhouse in the woods of North Virginia. Daniel and his sister Erica have a hard time fitting in at their new school and the local children tease and torment them with scary stories about old Auntie and her side-kick Bloody Bones, and how she takes a child every 50 years. Even though they try to discount the stories as old, silly superstitions, both Daniel and Erica are a little spooked living so far away from city lights and friendly people. Their parents are feeling the strain too and the whole family seems to be changing into an unhappy bunch. But then disaster strikes and Daniel must summon up all his courage and love to help his family out of a terrible situation.Mary Downing Hahn has written some wonderful ghost stories for young people over the years, and here's another to add to the list. Well written, compelling, sufficiently creepy enough to keep you turning the pages for more, but make sure you keep the lights on.
  • (3/5)
    More creepy than scary. More like a fairy-tale inspired fantasy than a ghost story, though. There was even mention of Hansel and Gretel, so I'm thinking the author must have been at least inspired by fairy tales when she wrote Took. Surprisingly, the doll wasn't the creepiest element; the woods were.3 stars
  • (3/5)
    A great book for kids and adult who enjoy ghost stories. A creepy and spooky tale, like those told around campfires. Nothing gruesome!
  • (3/5)
    I read this book because my 9 yo is participating in Battle of the Books at school and this is one of the books. She doesn't like suspenseful books and is easily scared. I'm not a fan of scary books either. It was definitely too creepy for me and my kid. For kids who like scary stories, it is well written. I'll include a list for parents deciding if this is appropriate for their child:
    * evil possessed doll
    * gruesome man-eating hog
    * Undying witch who kidnaps children and erases their memories
    * Some bullying at school
    * Parents start drinking and fighting when child disappears, neglect other child
  • (2/5)
    Took: A Ghost Story... well, really a witch story. I'm an old man who loves books written for teens and preteens. When I was a boy, we told "ghost stories" at night, sitting with our friends on the curb of our suburban street. Took feels very much like one of those stories. It's the same kind of scary/creepy. A witch in the woods kidnaps a little girl to serve as her slave for 50 years, during which time the girl does not age, and then after the 50 years is up, expels the previous girl and kidnaps a new one. Daniel, his parents and his sister move from urban Connecticut to rural West Virginia. When his sister is the witch's next victim, he is determined to get her back, even though his parents will not accept what all the locals in the town know... the witch is real.The book has two weaknesses. One, it is nothing at all more than a spooky tale. None of the characters are thoroughly developed. The parents are just cardboard cut-outs. The townspeople are all exactly the same, a uniform lot of superstitious rednecks. Two, it's too long. At 260 pages, the story stretches about 160 pages more than necessary for such a lean plot. For a late elementary or early middle school reader who likes a spooky story, yes, this is better than a "Goosebumps" book, but it is not a great book.
  • (5/5)
    Great story! i would label it more of a suspenseful piece over a horror story. Although, the Auntie is certainly a terrifying character. What set this book apart from other suspense and hour stories were the characters. Daniel reminded me of typically boy who does not want to hang out with his baby sister, Erica. He can be mean at times, but he really does love his sister. When Erica is missing, he feels guilty for reacting to her like a typical brother would. Daniel and Erica's parents were very human in the story. Often parents can be flat characters, but their portrayal really makes the books honest. I would recommend this for middle school students; it may be a little too scary for younger grades.
  • (4/5)
    For those kids who love the chills and thrills of a scary story, "Took" will take them there. Plenty of suspense, cliffhanger chapters, and it plays on the dark fears of every child: the menance of the unseen, being taken away from loved ones, the consequences of getting caught in serious trouble. But every child also wants to be a hero, and Daniel provides that vicarious thrill, of being the only one with the strength and courage to save Erica.Booktalk: Daniel and his little sister Erica used to have a really good life. They went to private school, lived in a nice area, and their parents owned two cars and went golfing. Then the recession hit. Their dad lost his job, the money was gone and they had to sell their big house. The family ended up moving: to a rundown old farmhouse deep in the woods near a small town in WV. Daniel and Erica hate it there. The house is always cold and leaking and the woods are scary at night. The kids at school don't like them, they think Daniel and Erica are snobs, and that their family must be crazy to live in that old farmhouse. Because everyone in that small town knows the story about a little girl who was taken from that house 50 years ago. And everyone knows the girl was taken by old Auntie and her pet hog Bloody Bones who live in the forest. And everyone knows that no one has seen the little girl since. But nobody yet knows that old Auntie and Bloody Bones have their eyes...on Erica.
  • (5/5)
    There is nothing like a good ghost story to keep a person up at night. Whether it is the creepy tales told on Halloween nights in the U.S.A. or the Yamishiba ghost stories of Japan that are told in the summer time to keep people cool. A good ghost story can make a night of stormy weather seem magical. This book is written about a local legend that tells a story of an old hag who steals little girls every fifty years. With every disappearance there is a mysterious reappearance of an unknown child that slowly withers and dies within a month. No one knows who this ghostly woman is that haunts the forests of West Virginia and no one wants to find out. It is not until Daniel and his sister Erica move into a rundown old farm, near the edges of the woods, that a whispering of “old auntie” reemerges. Town folks begin to squabble about the olden days and children taunt both Daniel and Erica until the unthinkable happens. For Daniel soon learns that there is a ghost in West Virginia and it is a deadly ghost woman that wants something that he holds dear. I really enjoyed reading this book. I found it to be well written and to be rather unique. I have read a ton of ghost stories and I have to say that the author put a lot of thought into this story. I honestly believe that any age can enjoy this book. It was a very fast moving story and the characters were well thought of. I plan on giving this book to my daughter and I am positive she will enjoy it as much as I did. I don’t count it as a traditional ghost story. It is a little different than that, but that is really nice. It seems like the typical ghost story is just a rehash of what is already out there, so I really enjoyed this one. I want to say thank you to the author and Goodreads for sending me this book in a giveaway. It was very much appreciated and I had a great time! Thanks a bunch.
  • (5/5)
    I discovered at Thanksgiving that my granddaughter Haylee and I share a love of books written by Mary Downing Hahn. She expressed a desire to read Took. She said she’d been trying to get a copy from her school library, but it was always checked out. I made sure she got one for Christmas. She and her brother Jacob spent the Wednesday through Friday with us. We took them to the library yesterday. While she sat and read books to her brother, I borrowed her book and read it. Mary Downing Hahn’s books have that special creep factor that make all of her books good. You have a family moving into an old and creepy house. The children don’t like it. The kids at school don’t like them, and the parents are beginning to fight more and more. The author sets you up for a great scare. As you read and see how brave Daniel is, you are thinking to yourself, ‘I wouldn’t be brave enough to do that’. One thing that makes this book so good is it has an urban legend. Every area has their own urban legends. This legend is based on an actual disappearance that had happened fifty years before. Now it is happening again. Is their truly a witch in the woods? I will definitely need to get another copy for my classroom shelves.
  • (4/5)
    At first Daniel dismisses the tales of the witch and her man-eating razorback hog, Bloody Bones, as superstitious nonsense, but gradually he is forced to believe that Erica is in real danger. When Erica vanishes, he knows she's been "took," and he must summon all his courage to confront Old Auntie and take his sister back.
    -- from the book jacket

    This book gave me the shivers. Take kids that hear and see things that the adults don't notice or don't believe. Add a local legend that we, as readers, know is true, but adults, of course don't believe. Multiply by a doll that only talks to the young girl, a witch that preys on young girls every 50 years... Don't forget the freaky man-eating razorback hog, and the result is a perfectly creepy story that does not disappoint.

    I think kids being kidnapped by witches is an especially scary plot line. Being in the dark woods all alone helps, of course. I loved every minute of reading this book and plan on finding more to read by this author. I found it in our elementary school library, but I think it is important to make sure the individual student can handle the scariness of this story.

    Recommended to:
    Students in grades 5-8 who aren't scared of creepy witches, man-eating razorback hogs, and dark forests.

  • (4/5)
    After reading this- I do believe in spooks! I do believe in spooks! I do!