The Doll In The Garden

The Doll In The Garden

A Ghost Story

Paperback - 2007
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From ghost story master Mary Downing Hahn, the haunting tale of a mysterious doll discovered in a young girl's garden, and its owner, a girl from seventy years in the past, who wants it back.

A suspenseful story of unexpected connections between present and past. Ashley and her mother need their new apartment to work out, but everything Ashley does seems to upset the irritable and unforgiving landlady. When Ashley makes friends with the girl next door, Kristi, they uncover a wooden box containing a well-loved turn-of-the-century doll. Ashley wants to keep the doll for herself, but Kristi has other ideas. So does the doll's original owner, a girl who died decades ago, but whom Ashley meets when she follows a mysterious white cat through a hedge. Can Ashley bring peace to the girl and resolve her own present-day challenges?

Publisher: New York : Clarion, 2007
ISBN: 9780618873159


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After Ashley and Kristi find an antique doll buried in old Miss Cooper's garden, they discover that they can enter a ghostly turn-of-the-nineteenth-century world by going through a hole in the hedge.

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Lovestoread5 Jul 22, 2018

This is a good story about working through loss in life and coming to terms with it from a child point of view. It's not a scary story at all, but has a nice ending for all the characters.

SaraLovesBooks Jun 23, 2017

If you're looking for a scary ghost tale, look somewhere else. This ghost story is more sad than scary. However, it is still an incredibly good book. There are themes of loss, grief, and hope that echo throughout the novel. I highly recommend it, though not for people looking for a scary story, because it isn't.

Jun 27, 2013

great book but most of this authors books are better than this one

moniqueoakpark Oct 29, 2010

One of my favorite books from childhood, this novel is a fast-paced and spooky tale that is sure to delight readers of all ages. I still imagine what it would be like to find a doll buried in the garden.

Jun 01, 2005

After moving into a small upstairs apartment of an old house, Ashley raises the ire of the landlady, meets a new friend, and sees a ghost cat. Wait a minute. A ghost cat? Yes, and soon she is finding a few other things along the way, including a way into the past through the hedge of her new backyard. How she brings all three elements together to a very satisfying and creepy ending is not to be revealed here. You will have to read the book, if you dare!


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Jul 07, 2015

A girl moves with her mom after they suffer from a loss and finds herself immersed in a ghost world unknowingly helping someone find redemption from a mistake she made years ago.

Jun 26, 2014

In The Doll in the Garden, Ashley and her widowed mother rent a house once owned by mean Ms. cooper. While looking in Ms. Cooper's dead rose garden with her neighbor, Kristi, they find a buried doll with an apology note. They later notice a white cat that casts no shadow. Ashley once follows the cat without Kristi and travels back in time and finds a young girl, Louisa, dying from a sickness. Louisa wants the doll Emily has found and Ashley soon comes back with Kristi and introduces her to the girl. Ashley then realizes Ms. Cooper is the girl that stole and buried the doll years ago. Kristi and Ashley convince Ms. Cooper to come with them and give the doll back. They find a sick Louisa in bed and then leave after giving the doll back. After returning to the present, they go to the cemetery hoping they made Louisa so happy she didn't die. They find the girl's grave where Ashley cries herself to death, literally. Ms. Cooper comes and lays roses on her grave and they leave. Together they leave and think of what could have happened.


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Jan 20, 2011

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Jun 22, 2014

"The world was so unfair when it came to dying. The best people, the ones we love the most, died and other people, mean and nasty, lived and went right on being mean and nasty all their lives." This is the biggest truth of life!


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