Twins Hannah and Anna, along with their older sister Selena and their parents, moved into the big house on Hemlock Road while construction on their new home was completed. It used to be someone’s home but, years ago, something happened there, and now the house is just plain creepy. As twins, the girls agree on everything. But after moving into the house on Hemlock Road, they disagree on things for the first time in their lives. It’s like someone or something is trying to drive them apart. Anna settles in to the house, their new school—where for the first time, the twins are in different classrooms. Hannah senses things that no one else seems to notice—like the hemlock tree in the yard that seems to wave its branches shush shush shush. Or at night, if she listens hard enough, it’s almost like someone is trying to talk to her, someone no one else can hear, someone wanting revenge, and wanting Hannah’s help. Is the house haunted, or is Hannah crazy, or does someone in the house want Hannah for a best friend. . . forever?
Reviewed by Kathy Thornhill, Zauel Memorial Library
Recommended for grades 4 and up