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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. . . . Mary Downing Hahn is at her chilling best in this new supernatural tale that’s certain to send shivers down her readers’ spines.

Paperback, 192 pages
Published on August 4, 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0547076452
ISBN-13: 9780547076454
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  • mntreasureFriday, March 18, 2016 at 11:36 am
    i hope that i am saying this right. i'm am in love with scary story but from what i have read u guys t think its that scary so please tell me if its scary and what i would be getting into ;) i all so wanted to ask u guys if you think its a good book i no u have said it and i have read all the reviews so it think this would be a really good book for people like me that love scary movies, books, and story's but please i haven't even read it yet i'm just going from the comments so please tell me if this is a scary book
    • olivia403
      olivia403Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 11:48 am44 stars
      This book is a ghost story so I would recommend it to people who like to be scared. This book has a great story and a surprising twist at the end. The beginning is good, but it keeps getting better.
      • coolmak
        coolmakWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm
        I hope to read this book.
        • peeps
          peepsThursday, January 8, 2015 at 4:22 am
          i love ghost stories!
          • msoloriojara
            msoloriojaraFriday, September 26, 2014 at 10:15 am
            This book is awesome!
            • jtesar
              jtesarThursday, September 25, 2014 at 11:39 am55 stars
              This book is so amazing. It is probably my 2nd favorite book. It is about Ali. She goes to a lake with her aunt and cousin. She and her cousin meet a ghost but the ghost isn't very pleasant. Such a good book! Okay, tuning out. Bye- Bye. Don't forget to read this book!
              • basketball100
                basketball100Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 8:02 am55 stars
                I love the book!! You can't stop reading it!! This book isn't that scary!! :D
                • ikyra_marie
                  ikyra_marieSunday, March 16, 2014 at 11:42 am
                  dying to read this
                  • matta220
                    matta220Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm44 stars
                    this book is very interesting and mysterious. It is not a calm and relaxing book. It's mainly about death so I wouldn't recommend it to someone who likes happy books.
                    • jordin
                      jordinMonday, February 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm55 stars
                      I love mary downing Hahn books. ive read almost read all of he books

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