The House of Dies Drear by Virginia HamiltonThe House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton

The House of Dies Drear

byVirginia HamiltonIllustratorEros Keith

Mass Market Paperback | October 1, 1984

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The house held secrets, Thomas knew, even before he first saw it looming gray and massive on its ledge of rock. It had a century-old legend - two fugitive slaves had been killed by bounty hunters after leaving its passageways, and Dies Drear himself, the abolitionist who has made the house into a station on the Underground Railroad, had been murdered there. The ghosts of the three were said to walk its rooms...
Virginia HamiltonThe recipient of nearly every major award and honor in her field, including the 1992 Hans Christian Anderson Award, Virgina Hamilton was the first African-American woman to be awarded the Newbery Medal, for M.C. Higgins The Great. Renowned as a storyteller, anthologist and lecturer as well as a novelist, Ms. Hamilton m...
Title:The House of Dies DrearFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7 × 4.19 × 0.3 inPublished:October 1, 1984Publisher:Simon Pulse

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0020435207

ISBN - 13:9780020435204

Appropriate for ages: 10


From Our Editors

Nurture your child’s imagination and passion for reading with this historical tale. In The House of Dies Drear, a mystery is brewing in the home that once belonged to a Negro involved in the Underground Railroad. This story provides perceptive insight into certain aspects of African-American heritage and the accomplishments of the Underground Railroad.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "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 imaginiative and imposing book."