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Deep and Dark and Dangerous

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Deep and Dark and Dangerous

Just before summer begins, 13-year-old Ali finds an odd photograph in the attic. She knows the two children in it are her mother, Claire, and her aunt Dulcie. But who's the third person, the one who's been torn out of the picture?

Ali figures she'll find out while she's vacationing in Maine with Dulcie and her four-year-old daughter, Emma, in the house where Ali's mother's family used to spend summers. All hopes for relaxation are quashed shortly after their arrival, though, when the girls meet Sissy, a kid who's mean and spiteful and a bad influence on Emma.

Strangest of all, Sissy keeps talking about a girl named Teresa who drowned under mysterious circumstances back when Claire and Dulcie were kids, and whose body was never found. At first Ali thinks Sissy's just trying to scare her with a ghost story, but soon she discovers the real reason why Sissy is so angry. . . . A chilling new supernatural tale that's certain to send shivers down readers' spines.


• Rhode Island Children's Book Award Master List


"Hahn offers another eerie, suspenseful ghost story filled with family secrets. . . . [She] maintains the momentum with scenes that will chill readers as surely as a plunge in cold water."

"Signature spooky Hahn sends appropriate shivers up the reader's spine. . . . Satisfyingly chilly."
Kirkus Reviews

"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."
School Library Journal

"Hahn pulls out all the stops in this chilling tale. . . . Captivating."
—Toledo Blade

"More than just a terrific ghost tale, this atmospheric and ultimately touching page-turner explores the haunting consequences of a life-long lie."
—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Mary Downing Hahn offers readers stormy weather, a deep, dark lake, and many unanswered questions to keep mystery and ghost story fans turning pages right up to the end."