The House of Dies Drear

house of dies drear by virginia hamilton“A hundred years ago, Dies Drear and two slaves he was hiding in his house, an Underground Railroad station in Ohio, had been murdered. The house, huge and isolated, was fascinating, Thomas thought. but he wasn’t sure he was glad Papa had bought it – funny things kept happening; frightening things. The secret of the house is revealed in an exciting final sequence that maintains beautifully the mysterious and dramatic story of a black family caught in an atmosphere of fear and danger. Written with distinction, an imaginative and imposing book.”
– Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“A spellbinding mystery with edge-of-the-seat suspense.”
– New York Times Book Review

– An American Library Association (ALA) Notable Children’s Book
– Edgar Alan Poe Award (Mystery Writers of America “Edgar”)
– “Best of the Best Books,” School Library Journal

Published by The Trumpet Book Club
Cover illustration by Eros Keith

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