The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie AlenderThe Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

byKatie Alender

Hardcover | August 25, 2015

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Asylum meets Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family.

Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play - and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?

Katie Alender is the acclaimed author of several novels for young adults, including the Bad Girls Don't Die series; Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer; and Famous Last Words. A graduate of the Florida State University Film School, Katie now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her daughter, and her very spoiled dog, Winston. She enjoys ...
Title:The Dead Girls of Hysteria HallFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.54 × 5.79 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:8.54 × 5.79 × 1.1 inPublished:August 25, 2015Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545639999

ISBN - 13:9780545639996

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent little book This book really packed a punch. It was so small and reminiscent of the R.L. Stine books that I used to read and love. However it really does a good job of developing characters, plot and a little bit of creepiness to boot. There is a lot of great meaningful dialogue and twists and turns that I didn't see coming.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All in one Just finished reading this book! It was really mysterious - which I really liked. The only problem was I found the fist few chapters a bit boring; it was totally my fault for not being fully focused on the story. Other than that, I couldn't put the book down because it was very interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a good mystery/paranormal story. Also, please check out Katie's other books because they are as good as this one!
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was a little hesitant about reading this book, but once I started I could not put it down. I enjoyed it very much.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Book I enjoyed this book very much. I couldn't put it down, and am so happy I read it
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I’ve read and enjoyed one of Katie Alender’s previous books (Famous Last Words), so I was definitely looking forward to reading this. I really liked the premise, and the story didn’t waste any time getting started. I really liked that the story addressed the way women were institutionalized as a means of controlling them, for things like ‘hysteria’, and the way ghosts, spirits and the supernatural worked in this book. As someone who likes to read a lot of supernatural and paranormal YA books, I always appreciate when an author writes something or handles an aspect of the supernatural that feels fresh to me. I also loved the importance of family and friendship in Delia’s story. Those relationships are crucial to the story, and I thought they were so well-written. I’m two for two with liking Katie Alender’s books so far! I’m looking forward to reading more from her! (Received from the publisher, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it To be honest this book is very interesting and never gets boring. There's constantly new twists and turns at every chapter. I recommend this book 100%. Once I started reading it I couldn't stop and wouldn't put the book down for 2 days until I finished it. Its very heartwarming , scary , fascinating ,and better then I expected.
Date published: 2016-04-27

Read from the Book

From THE DEAD GIRLS OF HSYTERIA HALLI got up off the bed, knocking over the little wood stool. It rolled away. As I grabbed it and set it upright, I got a glimpse of the underside of the seat. There was a pair of sentences scratched into it. Or, more accurately, one and a half sentences. ONCE I WAS HUMAN BUT THEY HAVE TAKEN MY HUMANITY. ONCE I WAS ALIVE BUT THEY It ended there. That was all it said. My heart pounding, I gently set the stool upright. But as soon as my fingers had let go of the smooth, round edge, it knocked itself over...and started rolling toward me again. At first, I watched in silence, not really able to believe what my eyes were seeing. Then it bumped up against my foot. I scrambled backward, running into the bed. Something came loose behind me. When I turned, I saw what I had dislodged -- a leather strap, complete with buckles, bolted to the bed frame. When I lifted the bedspread, I found two more -- one for ankles, and a big one that would fit perfectly across a torso. Don't freak out, I told myself. Just go. Get your things and go. I grabbed my bookbag, double-checked to make sure I had my phone and charger, and started into the hall. The bathroom door gaped open, and I caught a flash of lightning through the window. I paused, wishing I'd thought to bring a raincoat, when a high-pitched scream filled the air. It was the kind of sound that stops your heart and overloads your brain, leaving you blank except for the sudden, all-consuming awareness of a person in horrible distress. Janie! My parents' footsteps thundered down the hall, but I reached Janie first. I gasped at the sight that greeted me -- She was strapped to the bed.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall"On the outside, The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall looks like any quick-read horror novel, but in the capable hands of Alender, the frights come fast and furious, and the least-expected scares are the best and bloodiest." - BooklistPraise for Famous Last Words"Katie Alender spins a killer ghost story that will haunt your heart." - Margaret Stohl, #1 NYT bestselling co-author of Beautiful Creatures "A compelling supernatural thriller." -Kirkus Reviews Praise for Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer"All the flavor of a macaron, bound by a ganache of sweet, supernatural grit." -Kirkus Reviews " A story that mixes slice-of-life teen drama with supernatural menace, infused with the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Paris that comes to life in the process." -Publishers Weekly