“plan to read...hope its like almost home...THAT is a good book...”nicole homrighausen wrote this review 4 hours ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I noticed my Friend was reading this book.”Megumi wrote this review Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really like this book. If you read it you feel like you never want to stop reading it. It is so tense that you always want to know what happens next.”Alyssa Welch wrote this review Friday, May 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was such a great book. It had wonderful description, and it keeps you hanging off your seat. Also towards the end of the book, everything comes together and it starts making sense. I think that if you love mystery books, and books that take place close to this year, and that you could probably relate to, then you should get this book. It is honestly super good!”Nia G wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A thrilling mystery about teenage reporter's search for the truth about a wicked rumor going around her town. ”Liz K. wrote this review Tuesday, March 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is about a girl named Hildy and she wants to become a newspaper editor. Hildy is the school newspaper editor for the school newspaper and a guy named Pen wants to join and help, so she lets him. Then she gets really depressed because he quits. Then she starts her own underground rail road newspaper..... READ TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!" I love Joan Bauer books and it isn't just because she s from Oak Park! Her characters are likable and spunky.”Carolyn B wrote this review Sunday, May 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was full of action and mystery which was why I liked this book.”Jaclyn wrote this review Monday, January 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hildy is an aspiring journalist, happy for her work on her school paper, mostly covering the events of their apple festivals. When a body is found at their local haunted house, Hildy turns sleuth. Just what is happening at the old Ludlow place? It seems someone is profiting from the sudden appearances of ghosts, but who, and why? Hildy teams with a professional journalist to uncover the truth, and learns a lot about propaganda, truth, and what fear can do to a community.
This book is more than a good story, it’s a very timely novel. I hate to get into a discussion of politics, but propaganda is a current issue, and it’s insidious. Hildy works to combat people who are trying to use fear to bring a town into submission, and she has to fight back using her very limited resources. She makes a lot of mistakes along the way, but doesn’t give up. I highly recommend it.”
“The upstate town where Hildy Biddle lives is not the town it once was. The local apple farms struggle from year to year trying to make it. To make matters worse, the town is on a list of most-haunted places.
The old Ludlow house was the scene of a suspicious death. Things become even scarier when a man is found dead there. Following in the footsteps of her reporter-father, Hildy is the top reporter for the high school paper, The Core. The Core is in direct competition with The Bee, the town paper that is really starting to panic the town with its sensational coverage of haunted Ludlow house.
Hildy starts getting suspicious when she starts hearing of farming neighbors who have sold their farms at very low prices. Facing backlash from the school and the community, The Core is forced to go underground. Hildy has to figure out how to report the truth when so many people don't want it to get out. With the help of the rest of The Core staff, including new student Zack who Hildy is starting to like more than a little, Hildy works through some obstacles and ultimately perseveres.
In typical Joan Bauer fashion, the characters are well-done and the story is engaging. Definitely recommend.