Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What Really Happened to Mrs. Donaldson?

Logan’s family moves in to a strange, spooky house that gives him the creeps even before he is told by his new neighbor, Arthur, that someone was murdered in the house three years earlier. Not only is he worried about his new house, but right off the bat Logan can’t stand Arthur, who seems quirky and odd in a way that isn’t a compliment. Unfortunately, because they are both about to start 7th grade and live next door to each other Arthur assumes they will be best friends. With summer vacation already in full swing, Logan doesn’t have many opportunities to meet other friends. So, with some reluctance he agrees to help Arthur try to solve the case of how the former owner, Mrs. Donaldson, died. Will Logan be able to stand Arthur long enough to make a dent in the case? Are the two boys getting involved in something that is way too dangerous? When clues lead them to an old, abandoned amusement park thing just get weirder. Of course, you will be on the edge of your seat waiting to find out how everything turns out.

Closed for the Season
by Mary Downing Hahn is a chilling mystery that will give you goose bumps. I think anyone in 4th grade and up that likes frightening stories will enjoy this book. If you don’t like books that give you a scare then stay away from this book because it may give you nightmares! My heart was racing at different points in the book. I liked Logan because he seemed very down to earth. I could understand why he found Arthur to be annoying, but I also liked seeing how their relationship developed. I think Logan is braver and kinder than he knows. I liked the way the story built and I was never really sure what was going to happen. I think the cover is awesome and it drew me in and made me want to read the book. I have read one other book by Mary Downing Hahn and I think that people that like her books will find this one appealing, too.

Has anyone else read Closed for the Season? Or have you read another book by Mary Downing Hahn? Let me know your thoughts! Happy Reading!~L

18 comments:

  1. I haven't read anything by Mary Downing Hahn but this sounds right up my street! Loved your lightening video btw.

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    1. Hi Barbara, wasn't that totally amazing- it's such a shocking moment! I practically flew out of my seat the first time I watched it. Thanks for popping over : ) ~ F

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  2. No, I haven't, but I love spooky, so maybe it's time I do read her. I'm in the last drafts of a spooky house story, so I won't read this until I'm finished. Don't want to be influenced! :-)

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    1. What could possibly be more fun than investigating and old, spooky house? It's good to keep your vision : ) ~ F

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  3. I've always been interested in houses where a murder or other serious crime has been committed. My friend lived in an apt. in college where there had been a killing. I swear there is a thickness to the aura around such places.

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    1. Leslie- Houses with mystery behind them sure are interesting. Your friend is very brave!

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  4. I LOVE Mary Downing Hahn. Haven't read this one yet, just heading over to amazon to order it! Great review!!!

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    1. Hi Donna! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the book.
      Happy Reading : ) ~ F

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    1. Thanks for following us! So glad you like our blog! :)

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  6. Another fun book. You are making me want to start collecting these fun children's books.

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    1. Donna- It is a fun book- and fast, too! :)

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  7. I haven't read this yet, but I do like stories that scare me a bit (adventurous/mysterious as long as it's not too gruesome)! Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for sharing this. :)(Oh, and 'Logan' is such a nice name ...)

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    1. Claudine- If you like books that scare you a bit- then this one is perfect. It isn't too gruesome. I also like the name Logan. :)

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  8. I read this book and liked it. I have read a few of her books and they are all good. This one is just a straight mystery, while some of her other books involve ghosts and supernatural stuff. I think this cover is super cool.

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    1. How cool that you read this one! I have also read a few of her books. She is a great author. You are spot on about the cover- it is awesome!

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  9. I read Closed For the Season. A great mystery- lots of suspense. I also read a few other books by this author- some of them are scarier, but all of them have been great.

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    1. Trey- Glad you enjoyed this book. I really want to read When Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. That cover looks SO scary!

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