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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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  • cami4
    cami4Monday, October 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    This book is the best book iv'e ever read.I think you will love this book .
    • 20amehlman
      20amehlmanFriday, September 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm55 stars
      Mary Downing Hahn has done it again! I can't believe all the elements of mysteries and horror stories she managed to put in her book, "Deep and Dark and Dangerous". Trust me, it is not something that will give you nightmares but it is not your average ghost story. It was really an amazing story.
      • maxmoe23
        maxmoe23Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm55 stars
        This book was about a older girl, Ally, she always babysat her younger cousin. One day her aunt asked if she would like to watch her cousin while they all went on vacation. She agreed. When the arrived, her little cousin met a new friend Susie, Susie would come over all the time and they would swim in the pond. Her cousin did not know how to swim, so she wore floaties and Ally helped her. One day, her cousin was swimming with Susie and Susie pushed her underwater, trying to drown her. She came back everyday, but her cousin did not want to play. This book was really interesting and had a nice twist to it.
        • cami4
          cami4Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm
          it's not Susie its Sissy but i agree this is an amazing book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • jordin
            jordinMonday, February 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm55 stars
            i agree with everything u say cami4
        • happykitty
          happykittyFriday, February 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm55 stars
          A wonderful page turner.Very good! I can not believe Sissy is the girl torn from the photo.
          • imdabomb
            imdabombFriday, November 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm55 stars
            This book was sorta scary
            • jordin
              jordinMonday, February 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm55 stars
              yea but it was a very great book
            • emily91102
              emily91102Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm55 stars
              well first i read on of her newest books the ghost of crutchfield hall and the i loved that book so i started reading her other books and i read deep and dark and dangerous and i loved it i would love to meet her someday!!!
              • jordin
                jordinMonday, February 17, 2014 at 7:07 pm55 stars
                i like the ghost of crutchfield hall also
              • jessTuesday, August 21, 2012 at 7:25 am
                i read this book...its realy good id recamend it to people who like scary books
                • puperoni
                  puperoniTuesday, February 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm55 stars
                  The description is really good. It really intrigued me into the story. Such a page turner. When I first read it, I could hardly get to Chapter 2. So I stopped. When I restarted reading the book, I got farther than I normally did and I read the whole thing. Interesting stuff.
                  • jordin
                    jordinMonday, February 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm55 stars
                    I agree with everything u say. it has so much detail it feels like im inside of the book
                  • igotthebeat
                    igotthebeatSunday, February 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm
                    This is a really good book for someone who likes ghost stories. It is defiantly a page-turner. I recommend this .
                    • gigi107
                      gigi107Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 11:50 am
                      i love the author and all my friends recommended this book to me because this is a ghost story and i love ghost stories
                      • jordin
                        jordinMonday, February 17, 2014 at 9:05 pm55 stars
                        i also tremendously love ghost stories

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