The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
When 12-year-old Florence boards the horse-drawn coach in London that will take her from the orphanage where she’s spent the past seven years to the home of her newly discovered uncle at Crutchfield Hall, she is filled with hope and excitement. However, all is not what it seems at Crutchfield Hall. Florence’s imaginings of a happy home life are shattered as the ghost of her 12-year-old cousin, Sophia, seeks to recreate the scene of her death, causing someone else to die in her place so that she will be restored to life.
In this beautifully told ghost story, Mary Downing Hahn masterfully combines a gripping and evocative mystery with a tender portrayal of a young girl trying to adapt to the kind of life of which she’s always dreamed. While it’s a tale that will send shivers down your spine, it is also a tale of friendship and redemption. I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting, mysterious, and ultimately satisfying story, as did my nine-year-old daughter who read it in just two days and declared it “absolutely awesome.”