When 12-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside. Anything would be better than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents' death, it seems. But Florence never expected to encounter the vengeful ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts Crutchfield's dim hallways and cavernous rooms, and who sees in Florence a chance to achieve a murderous scheme. Will Florence be able to convince the rest of the household of the imminent danger—and stop Sophia—before it's too late? The winner of both the Edgar Award and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Mary Downing Hahn is renowned for her spine-tingling ghost stories for readers 9 to 12, as well as her historical tales featuring young people of various eras.
"Hahn is a master of the supernatural tale, and her legions of fans will revel in this chilling volume, reminiscent of Dickens and Poe."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)