The Doll In The Garden
A Ghost StoryPaperback - 2007
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?
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When Mary Downing Hahn writes a book, she works along steadily until that magic moment when the characters develop their own voices. Whether it's a mean-mouthed boy who is hiding family secrets or a girl who is terrified of the ghostly presence haunting her small step-sister, this author's characters tell their own stories both believably and intriguingly. Mary Downing grew up in a small… (more)
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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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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.
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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