Dark Mansions
Dark Mansions

Series: Scary Places   

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Annotation: Looks at what happened in eleven historical mansions and includes a ghostly hound that howls at night and a spirit that shushes schoolchildren.
Genre: Supernatural
Catalog Number: #5138889
Format: Library Binding
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel Manga Manga
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-617-72457-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-617-72457-2
Dewey: 133.1
LCCN: 2011044908
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
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 else 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. Even 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." A gritty design snazzes up the effective mix of on-site photos and historical snapshots (though some photo re-creations are a bit misleading). At the same time, sidebars offer up additional factoids, related hauntings, and further unsourced t chilling eculation. Solid new entries in a reliable, reluctant reader friendly series.
Horn Book
After brief introductions, two-page spreads focus on specific haunted sites; each volume contains a map highlighting the locations. Horror-loving readers will find ample material for sleepovers or campfires in the clear text, but the design--featuring photographs, illustrations, and text boxes atop blurry, eerie backgrounds--is busy and strains for spooky effect. Reading list. Bib., glos., ind.
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ILA Children's Choice Award
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 3,522
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.0 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 149935 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.6 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q57590
Lexile: IG930L

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.

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