Cynthia Frazier


Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, James Preller, Iacopo Bruno, Scary Stories, Family, Old House, Dogs, Mystery, Ghosts, Hauntings, Halloween

Document Type

Book Review


Mr. Finn and his two children Liam and Kelly, and their dog Doolin have moved to upstate New York to start a new job. The family, still suffering the effects of the death of their wife and mother eighteen months before, has purchased an old house; a fixer-upper. The dilapidated house is full of weird creaks and groans, but that doesn't explain the screams, doors slamming shut by themselves, lights turning off and on, and words that appear on mirrors. No workmen will come to help Mr. Finn work on the house because it is haunted by the ghost of the previous owner. When Kelly’s friend comes to visit and the kids play a game called ‘Bloody Mary’ things really start to get scary.