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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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  • 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
                    • 123123123412341
                      123123123412341Monday, November 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm55 stars
                      leave you hanging chapter after chapter. I never wanted to put it down.

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