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Dark Mansions

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A big, beautiful mansion sounds like a great place to live. But what if its many rooms hold only memories of pain and suffering? What if sad spirits haunt the hallways and ghostly screams echo out the large windows? No amount of money can stop a house like that from becoming a nightmare.

Among the 11 mansions in this book, readers will discover a beautiful plantation where a ghostly hound howls on stormy nights, Manhattan’s oldest home where a spirit shushes schoolchildren, and an architect’s dream house that turned into a nightmare with the swing of an axe. Riveting true tales and full-color photos will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.

 
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF052030
Genre Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2012
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Scary Places
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 10
ISBN 9781617724572, 9781617725005, 9781617725449
Title Format Reinforced book, Multi-User eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 133.1'22
ATOS Reading Level 6.0
Guided Reading Level S
Lexile Reading Level 930
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 5.6
AR Quiz Number 149935
Author Dinah Williams
 
  • 2013 Children's Choices, 2013

Dark Mansions

After producing such spine-tingling, if esoteric, volumes as Monstrous Morgues of the Past (2011), Shuttered Horror Hospitals (2011), and Wretched Ruins (2010), is there anywhere left for the Scary Places series to go? Have no fear, fright fans. Dark Mansions separates itself from the haunted houses and castles of previous entries by a slim technical margin, but that doesn’t mean that Williams doesn’t dig up some spooky stuff. The 11 two-page spreads, most of which have roots in the 1800s, include mansion mysteries that involve such high-profile figures as Aaron Burr and Frank Lloyd Wright. Ever better, though, are the grisly, lesser-known stories, such as Indianapolis’ Hannah House, where a fire once killed a basement full of Underground Railroad fugitives: since then, the house has shown many signs of being haunted. Doors have opened and closed on their own. A chandelier has rocked without any wind present, and paintings have fallen from the walls. Most disturbingly of all, people have heard moans and seen ghosts in the shadows of the basement. Haunted Caves, meanwhile, revels in the echoing voices and ghostly tapping of various soldiers, hermits, explorers, and guides who either got lost in the caves or whose spirits couldn’t help but return. A gritty design snazzes up the effective mix of on-site photos and historical snapshots… At the same time, sidebars offer up additional factoids, related hauntings, and further unsourced—but chilling—speculation. Solid new entries in a reliable, reluctant reader-friendly series.

Dark Mansions

After producing such spine-tingling, if esoteric, volumes as Monstrous Morgues of the Past (2011), Shuttered Horror Hospitals (2011), and Wretched Ruins (2010), is there anywhere left for the Scary Places series to go? Have no fear, fright fans. Dark Mansions separates itself from the haunted houses and castles of previous entries by a slim technical margin, but that doesn’t mean that Williams doesn’t dig up some spooky stuff. The 11 two-page spreads, most of which have roots in the 1800s, include mansion mysteries that involve such high-profile figures as Aaron Burr and Frank Lloyd Wright. Ever better, though, are the grisly, lesser-known stories, such as Indianapolis’ Hannah House, where a fire once killed a basement full of Underground Railroad fugitives: since then, the house has shown many signs of being haunted. Doors have opened and closed on their own. A chandelier has rocked without any wind present, and paintings have fallen from the walls. Most disturbingly of all, people have heard moans and seen ghosts in the shadows of the basement. Haunted Caves, meanwhile, revels in the echoing voices and ghostly tapping of various soldiers, hermits, explorers, and guides who either got lost in the caves or whose spirits couldn’t help but return. A gritty design snazzes up the effective mix of on-site photos and historical snapshots… At the same time, sidebars offer up additional factoids, related hauntings, and further unsourced—but chilling—speculation. Solid new entries in a reliable, reluctant reader-friendly series.

Dark Mansions

Each book highlights 11… frightening places, with two to three paragraphs of information, a pullout box containing a related fact, and artwork consisting mostly of atmospheric photographs of the places and people involved. There is not a lot of detail about any of the sites, although the text mixes historical facts with information about the supposed ghost sightings and may prompt further research without keeping readers up at night. Mansions is a bit spookier than Caves as it includes an ax murderer and a young girl who broke her neck running into a clothesline, but both books will satisfy readers looking for a good scare… the chilling covers will keep these books in constant circulation.

Author/Illustrator biography
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Glossary of key words
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Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs, Historical photographs