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Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Elsie, the class tattletale, liar, and thief, claims the new girl at school, Annie, as her best friend. But Annie soon makes other friends as well and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie, who later succumbs to the epidemic and dies. Elsie is not absent from school long, though. She soon returns there as a ghost, ready to reclaim Annie's friendship and to punish all the girls who bullied her.

©2017 Mary Downing Hahn (P)2017 Dreamworks Media, LLC

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  • Danielle
  • 09-12-2018

Awesome Story!

I listened to this on my way to and from school and it kept me engaged the entire time! I would recommend all of Mary Downing Hahn's books!

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  • Chloe
  • 07-06-2018

Amazinggg

The story itself was amazing, but the narrator captured the exact theme I would have imagined the story to be pronounced in.

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  • Mommyof2
  • 28-10-2020

Great ghost story even for adults

What a great book. Even as an adult I found myself intrigued. This book definitely makes you stay captivated. Highly recommend!

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  • Ronnie
  • 14-09-2020

Great scary story for the kids

this is not a book like Goosebumps, there's actually a lot of depth within these stories. It was suggested to me to listen to this because my kids like scary stories but if you ever search the realm of horror it's pretty R-rated. this was not, this is very entertaining for both children and adults, it had depth, character, suspense, and you leaves you hanging just enough to wonder how far they could have took the story. The author did an amazing job and the narrator did very well portraying the characters in this book. I would suggest for any parent that is looking for something entertaining but also safe to listen around with children

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  • Anonymous
  • 17-05-2020

I loved it!!

It is one of the best books I've ever listened to. The narrator's voice fits the story perfectly and overall it was an amazing book.

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  • g. hyatt
  • 03-12-2019

Disappointed

I fell in love with Mary Downing Hahn when I read Wait Til Helen Comes as a child. I was hoping for so much more than I got from this book.
Elsie seemed like more of a caricature than a real person, and I never liked her. Though she was a very sad child in life, I couldn't really feel sorry for her. The setting of the Flu Epidemic following WW1 was intriguing, but fell short of conveying the fear and dread it should have evoked. I was also disappointed with the lack of growth in Annie. The author missed several opportunities to teach valuable life lessons.

The narrator's voice was, overall, harsh and unpleasant to listen to. Furthermore, she sounded too modern for the time period.

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  • Lisa Smith
  • 09-09-2019

Complex relationships among dead and living

Just the perfect amount of spooky added to the complexity of relationships among adolescent girls- both alive and dead. I also enjoy the historical events, games, and fads described throughout the story. The allusions to classic literature and their authors will encourage a new generation to seek and enjoy them.

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  • Lanisha Almond
  • 04-06-2019

An on edge read!

This book makes you cheer, get angry and yell at it, and then, makes you happy.

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  • MLG
  • 10-03-2018

Entertaining story!

If you could sum up One for Sorrow in three words, what would they be?

Engaging ghost story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Mrs. Jameson because she helped Annie escape the vengeful Elsie.

What aspect of Madeleine Lambert’s performance would you have changed?

Madeline Lambert made several errors while reading. One that stands out is when she said the father wanted to "confront" the mother instead of "comfort" the mother (I was reading along while listening to the story).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

One moment that moved me was the final scene between Mrs. Jameson and Annie.

Any additional comments?

I thought the hearse scenes with the black horses wearing plumage incredibly vivid. I also found the girls' decision to "crash" the viewings of people who had succumbed to influenza believable. The author later explained that her own mother had behaved in that manner, which probably helped her to write such believable moments in the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-2018

Awesome

This book was so awesome and it was so scary that I thought I would pee my pants!😝😀

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