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The Doll in the Garden

The Doll in the Garden She had been warned never to go thereBut as ten year old Ashley followed the beautiful white cat through a small opening in the hedge she stepped into an enchanted placeA place where she might find t

  • Title: The Doll in the Garden
  • Author: Mary Downing Hahn
  • ISBN: 9780380708659
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • She had been warned never to go thereBut as ten year old Ashley followed the beautiful white cat through a small opening in the hedge, she stepped into an enchanted placeA place where she might find the answersWho is the little girl with golden curls and the huge sad eyes Whose voice cries out in the dark of night Why does the white cat cast no shadow in the mooShe had been warned never to go thereBut as ten year old Ashley followed the beautiful white cat through a small opening in the hedge, she stepped into an enchanted placeA place where she might find the answersWho is the little girl with golden curls and the huge sad eyes Whose voice cries out in the dark of night Why does the white cat cast no shadow in the moonlight Who is the owner of the beautiful doll found buried in the garden And if Ashley discovers the truth, can she ever go back

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    About Author

    1. Mary Downing Hahn says:
      I grew up in a small shingled house down at the end of Guilford Road in College Park, Maryland Our block was loaded with kids my age We spent hours outdoors playing Kick the Can and Mother, May I as well as cowboy and outlaw games that usually ended in quarrels about who shot whom In the summer, we went on day long expeditions into forbidden territory the woods on the other side of the train tracks, the creek that wound its way through College Park, and the experimental farm run by the University of Maryland.In elementary school, I was known as the class artist I loved to read and draw but I hated writing reports Requirements such as outlines, perfect penmanship, and following directions killed my interest in putting words on paper All those facts who cared what the principal products of Chile were To me, writing reports was almost as boring as math Despite my dislike of writing, I loved to make up stories Instead of telling them in words, I told them in pictures My stories were usually about orphans who ran away and had the sort of exciting adventures I would have enjoyed if my mother hadn t always interfered.When I was in junior high school, I developed an interest in complex stories I wanted to show how people felt, what they thought, what they said For this, I needed words Although I wasn t sure I was smart enough, I decided to write and illustrate children s books when I grew up Consequently, at the age of thirteen, I began my first book Small Town Life was about a girl named Susan, as tall and skinny and freckle faced as I was Unlike her shy, self conscious creator, however, Susan was a leader who lived the life I wanted to live my ideal self, in other words Although I never finished Small Town Life, it marked the start of a lifelong interest in writing.In high school, I kept a diary In college, I wrote poetry and short stories and dreamed of being published in The New Yorker Unfortunately, I didn t have the courage or the confidence to send anything there By the time my first novel was published, I was 41 years old That s how long it took me to get serious about writing The Sara Summer took me a year to write, another year to find a publisher, and yet another year of revisions before Clarion accepted it.Since Sara appeared in 1979, I ve written an average of one book a year If I have a plot firmly in mind when I begin, the writing goes fairly quickly More typically, I start with a character or a situation and only a vague idea of what s going to happen Therefore, I spend a lot of time revising and thinking things out If I d paid attention to the craft of outlining back in elementary school, I might be a faster writer, but, on the other hand, if I knew everything that was going to happen in a story, I might be too bored to write it down Writing is a journey of discovery That s what makes it so exciting.

    Comment 504 on “The Doll in the Garden

    1. Amy says:
      I love, love, love this book I read it for the first time when I was in 3rd grade, and it scared the crap out of me I read it again about 6 years ago, and had the urge to revisit it again this summer It s genuinely spooky and beautifully written, and includes some great commentary on losing someone you love and the grieving process This is one of my go to books when a child wants a scary book to check out, and one that I will keep re reading every few years.

    2. MLE says:
      I m reading and re reading ghost stories for the Halloween season The day we moved into Monkton Mills, I made an enemy of our new landlady Reading this made me remember why I loved Mary Downing Hahn stories so much when I was younger It s nice to find out that not everything I liked back then sucked Trust me that is not always the case This story was than just a ghost story It was a story about friendship, love, death, loss, and how to carry on when you lose someone important to you It s a stor [...]

    3. Adrienne says:
      Obviously I make these ratings based on how I felt about the book at the time that I read it So, the 4 out of 5 stars is the rating that the 11 year old me would have given it I remember loving this book, and I remember checking it out from the school library than once, which is something I don t now or didn t then do very often The only part of it I remember is the beginning when she and her mom ate pizza on the front porch But it has stuck with me long enough so I had to add it to my books I [...]

    4. Gwen says:
      I found this while looking around on my library s digital download site, and I realized that I had read this book before when I was a kid, then almost completely forgot about it I decided to read it again to refresh my memory of how it ended.Miss Cooper has to be one of the most crotchety elderly ladies I ve ever come across in fiction One wonders why she would even rent out her upstairs apartment to a single mother with a child, especially when there is a girl next door who might come over to p [...]

    5. Selena Gayles says:
      I think The Doll In The Garden is a rilly good book.It s about a little girl named ashley, and she and her friend go in missoper s garden and digs in it.And as there digging they see this white cat just standding there looking at them.And ashley calls the cat and he comes to her and likes her.So they go back to digging and they found a box but ashley and her friend are a little scard to open it but ashley stilled, and in side of it was a old pritty doll.Ashley and her friend wants to ceep it but [...]

    6. Brendaaa; says:
      i read this book,and i really enjoyed it.It was about a girl about Ashley,her and her mom moved too another town because her dad died,he had cancer and they wanted too away because they had so many memories of him so they move away to another town they move and they lived upstairs in a house that an old lady lived there she had a really mean looking dog she was really mean and didnt like ashley s cat she started going to a garden behind the house and she meet snowball a ghost cat and from there [...]

    7. Cecilia says:
      this book is a perfect example of don t judge a book by it s cover i found the book and instantly said oh Chucky is a doll so this must be creepy or about a killer doll but by the last few chapters i could not stop crying the book is so mentally depressing that i almost had to put the book down, which for me is very bad i would not tell others that this book is good for the soul because its very sad but it is excellently written and that is why i love it.

    8. Linda Lipko says:
      Purchased at the local library sale table for.10, this was a quick, nothing of substance read Attempting to read my huge stash of books before purchasing , I happened to grab this off the shelf.When Ashlee and her mother move to the upstairs apartment of a bitter, nasty elderly woman, Ashlee roams the back yard gardens while her mother types away, preparing to finish her education in order to support the family.Finding a play mate, together they discover a Victorian doll buried in the woods As b [...]

    9. Irina says:
      This is a beautiful children s book It is about ghosts, past mistakes, remorse and forgiveness with strong well defined characters It s is tale of a ghost cat and a 9yr old girl who died in 1912 and the new tenant s of this old crabby lady who owns the house and the garden where the little girl is heard crying at night Why is the little girl crying, why does the cat come out at night to the old lady s yard It s not until almost 11yr old Ashley and her Mom move to the upstairs floor of the old la [...]

    10. Candace says:
      I ve decided to rate The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn as I would have rated it when I first read it It s a good ghost story for young girls Ashley has just moved to a small town with her widowed mother different take on that now that I m older and have lost my father as well They ve moved into the second floor apartment of old Miss Cooper s house The first night, Ashley sees a white cat out in the garden.This cat eventually leads Ashley through a hole in the hedge and into another wor [...]

    11. Mehsi says:
      I was pleasantly surprised by this book Mary Downing Hahn s books are hit and miss for me Some of them are good, and some are just horrible This one was a hit I loved the story, or should I say stories, which in the end weave together I didn t like Mrs Cooper in the beginning, she was mean, grumpy and I really didn t understand why should would rent her top floor to a mother and child, when she hates children.I also disliked how she complained about everything the kids did Instead of just talkin [...]

    12. Claudia says:
      You know, when you read a Hahn book, you will read about loss and redemption and second chances, and giving each other a chance You will read about staying open to possibilities and forgiveness.This book has all that and Can the doll in the garden find its way home Can an old woman forgive herself and begin to live again Can a little girl come to terms with the losses in her life

    13. Carrington Shaw says:
      I read this entire book today while I was babysitting I m an adult, so I don t read too many kids books these days, but I was familiar with Hahn as I loved Wait Til Helen Comes as a child.I really enjoyed this book The entire time I was reading it, I kept picturing it as a Studio Ghibli film the story gave me the same feelings of magic and wonder as I get from those films I would love to see Miyazaki get his hands on this one

    14. Kathryn says:
      This is one of the books I hadn t read originally of hers, so it was fun to read it for the first time The story was less scary than Wait Til Helen Comes, and about real people and forgiveness and grief, which obviously rang a chord in me today because I was definitely crying when I got to the end I think my elementary aged self would have loved this book if I d found it in a library back then.

    15. Mivembre says:
      I was never a huge fan of Mary Downing Hahn as a child most of her books didn t appeal to me I like fantasy But this one is phenomenal I don t remember much, but I loved her interesting take on ghosts that they are imprints of the past formed by strong emotions As I recall, one character was the ghost of an old lady who was still alive.A good ghost story, and of course, as it is by Hahn, an excellent read for young people.

    16. Renee says:
      This book scared the crap out of me when I was around age 8 or soMary Downing Hahn is like a precursor for R.L Stine books only I remember thinking her writing was better even as a kid If your kids like scary stories, look into this one, or Wait Til Helen Comes, which is even spookier.

    17. Bianca says:
      I thought that this book makes you sad,mad,exited, and wondrous It made me cry it was so sad But it is my favorite book I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT They need to add like a thousand stars because this book is DA BOMBDIGGITY

    18. Miriam says:
      I really like this book It is the 2nd one I read by this author I like Ashley, and Kristy s idea of how to make the old lady nice again She was pretty mean.

    19. Wealhtheow says:
      This ghost story freaked me out REALLY BADLY as a child.

    20. Kate says:
      It was a very amazing book, but at some parts, I almost cried I read it in one day I just couldn t put it down I kept on wondering, What will happen I gotta know

    21. James says:
      I loved this book it was so interesting and I enjoyed reading it.

    22. Leah says:
      I was in the mood for some YA horror and saw this available on overdrive It took maaaaybe an hour, hour a half to finish and am a little ashamed to say it s my first time reading any of Hahn s work I m positive I would have loved her stuff growing up

    23. Raven says:
      Ashley Cummings is happy to leave Balti and the sad memories it holds for her and her widowed mom But there s something strange about their new place Sometimes, in the middle of the night, Ashley is sure she hears a child crying out in the darkness When she and her friend, Kristi, find a doll in the garden, Ashley wants to keep it for herself But an eerie encounter makes it clear that the doll s rightful owner wants it back even though she died seventy years ago The Doll in the Garden is a beau [...]

    24. Anna Lawrence says:
      Personal Reaction This book was enjoyable and continuously intriguing with a new cliffhanger at the end of every chapter Students who love mystery, adventure, and suspense would LOVE this book Even though it s a children s book, the plot line had me a little bit spooked, but that s part of the reason I continued to read it I liked that there was a lot of thought put into the storyline because there was one point near the end that it all clicked together and that s when you know you are reading a [...]

    25. Joey Garcia says:
      Books especially like this make me so thrilled to read them What would you do if you found a doll in your garden Probably don t know right Well I ll be telling you my opinions and thoughts on this particular book Enjoy SPOILERS Mysterious books such as this one, where in first person, the main character tells the audience, their feelings and what s happening in their eyes, only what they see and nothing Let alone the fact that if this was from some one else s perspective, the story would be muc [...]

    26. C. says:
      I owned Time For Andrew , 1994 a few years before discovering it is a masterpiece I unhesitatingly pick up anything Mary Downing Hahn publishes and spotted The Doll In The Garden , 1989 Mary leans towards time travel rather than hauntings I savour the way she plunges into otherworldliness nonetheless I count on her to tread there and didn t let this novel sit on my dresser longer than one day Delegation of stars is a smidgen lower because this was a simplified portrayal of textbook scenarios.A g [...]

    27. Emily Theroux says:
      I think that this book was very entertaining In the beggining Ashley s dad just died and she feels mad because he just left her and her mom there without him Then they move into the top of Mrs.Coopers house and Ashley thinks that she is really mean Then one day they find out about Kristi who is there neighbor and Kristi and Ashley become friends After they find each other they decide to make the abandond garden there play spot While there are there they find a tiny box When they open the box the [...]

    28. Kitty says:
      This book completely caught me off guard by touching me very deeply By the time I finished this I was crying in a way I haven t done since I was seven The ghost story Hahn unfolds is very simple, completely age appropriate and makes room for her to explore in a simple way most children can understand about what it means to loose a loved one It s a rare author that can write a book about survivors guilt and about giving one s self permission to grieve and still make it accessible to younger audie [...]

    29. Juli says:
      Ashley and her mom move to Monkton Mills to start a new life following the death of her father Ashley misses her father, and is worried about her mother She hopes the move will help her mom become less sad, and that they can have a happy life again They rent the upper floor of a house owned by Miss Cooper, a cranky, unfriendly old lady Miss Cooper lets Ashley know from the beginning that she dislikes children, cats and just about everything else.The first day at the house, Ashley sees a white ca [...]

    30. Kassie Blue says:
      I ve rated this book a 5 out of 5 It was a very good story for being as short as it is It s also the book that got me interested and to enjoy reading these type of books Ashley and her mother move to a new house in the suburb after the death of her father Miss Cooper who s a mean old lady owns the whole house but rents the upper half Ashley liked to explore the garden which enraged Miss Copper Ashley was told not to play in the garden and to stay out of it Ashley and Kristi her new friend from n [...]

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