Monday, May 14, 2018

Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Took: A Ghost Story
Mary Downing Hahn 

About the Book

Seventh grade Daniel and his little sister Erica had a comfortable, happy life in Connecticut, but when their family runs into trouble, they have to move to rural Brewster’s Hill, out in the country.  As if having to move to a run-down old farmhouse isn’t bad enough, none of the kids at school will talk to Daniel or Erica, except to tell them what Daniel assumes is a mean ghost story.
The school bully, Brody, tells Daniel about Old Auntie, the ghost of a witch that haunts his family’s land.  She lives with her man-eating, zombie-monster, razorback hog, Bloody Bones, and every fifty years Old Auntie kidnaps a girl and keeps her for fifty years before setting her free and finding a replacement.

Daniel thinks nothing of what Brody and the other kids at school say—it’s a bunch of hogwash —until he realizes that Erica has begun to act strangely.  She keeps to herself, talking only with her lookalike doll.  When the doll goes missing and Erica disappears, it looks like those tales were more than campfire stories. Daniel will have to muster up the courage to go into the woods and after his sister, facing Old Auntie to get Erica back.  Did the witch strike? Has Erica been “took”?

About the Author 

Vocabulary Activity

Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
  1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
  2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
  3. What is the definition of the word?
  4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
  5. Explain how the word connects to the story. 
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the 
other MCBA books you read.

Read a sample chapter in this book.