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Gallows Hill Role playing takes on a terrifying case when year old Sarah who is posing as a fortune teller for a school fair begins to see actual visions that can predict the future Frightened the other stud

  • Title: Gallows Hill
  • Author: Lois Duncan
  • ISBN: 9780385323314
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Role playing takes on a terrifying case when 17 year old Sarah, who is posing as a fortune teller for a school fair, begins to see actual visions that can predict the future Frightened, the other students brand her a witch, setting off a chain of events that mirror the centuries old Salem witch trials in ways than one An ALA Quick Pick.

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    1. Christina on said:

      read : can't remember lol middle school sometimere-read : September 2015

    2. Inoli on said:

      Very good story and very well told. My second Lois Duncan and I think I'm going to make a habit of her for a while. I very much enjoyed the style of her writing as well as the story. It's not complex or challenging to read but there wasn't a second during which it failed to hold high interest for me. I'm very fond of stories that have their origins in the Salem witch trials and speculate on reality and blur the line between what may or may not be true. Or extend the Salem experience across time [...]

    3. Kelly Hager on said:

      This is one of the Lois Duncan books that I somehow missed and believe me, I am kicking myself for this. This is one of her most fun books and I was also completely tense the whole time reading it. (It doesn't help that the creepy town that Sarah and her mom moved to is basically one of those places where you know everyone knows something that you don't, and where any sort of mistake could have dire consequences.)While reading it, I was expecting Sarah to be ostracized (the town and school are f [...]

    4. Rodaw on said:

      Zajímavá knížka :)) Doporučila bych ji spíš teenagerům, pro mě byla docela dost předvídatelná ale čtení jsem si užila, líbí se mi autorčin styl psaní :)Více v mé videorecenzi: knihankov/2014/08/

    5. kylajaclyn on said:

      Great book, especially if you are into the Salem Witch Trials. Sarah and her mom move from Ventura, California to Pine Crest, a small town on the East Coast. But from the moment Sarah gets there something seems off. She makes only one true friend in the town: Charlie. After Sarah does some fortune-telling at the school carnival, a school kid named Eric asks her to do it on the down-low for money. But Sarah begins to see real things in the paperweight- things that her peers in Pine Crest do not w [...]

    6. Stephen on said:

      Sarah Zoltanne is having to become forced to move from California to Missouri with her mother and her mother's boy friend. even though it was a new experience, Sarah gets picked to be a fortune teller at a school event. Sarah has no idea what she is now in for or is about to experience. When Sarah begins to tell people what their fortunes are they turn out to become real causing Sarah to freak out a little bit. Sarah then starts to have freaky dreams about the Salem witch trials and starts to be [...]

    7. Diego on said:

      The author of 'Stranger With My Face' has done nothing to make me like her anymore, in fact she's made me become weary of her novels. In 'Gallows Hill' we are introduced to Sarah Zoltanne, who moves into a small conservative town named Pine Crest. After many terribly uninspired incidents, she is accused of being a witch. Let me start off by saying the book was a mess. Plot ideas were everywhere, characters were unreal and dull, and karma and reincarnation themes were written badly. The novel see [...]

    8. Angel on said:

      After realizing the TV movie I've Been Waiting For You was based on a book, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I remember watching the movie when it aired somewhere around '97 and I enjoyed it. However, after reading Gallows Hill, I was a little disappointed in the fact that the movie didn't stick to the original story. It was completely different from what I was expecting and that's not a bad thing. I liked that fact that there were more scenes in the book involving the Salem witches. Lois Dun [...]

    9. Rachel Holland on said:

      It's strange when you remember a movie you once saw, remembering vivid scenes perfectly in your head; so you know the movie exists for sure, but cannot for the life of yourself remember what it was called.So then you google keywords, doing a little searching, only to find that what you remembered as a movie is actually a book you once read and no movie of it exists. And you have the revelation that you did indeed read this book, and you suddenly remember that the book was so good that you though [...]

    10. Cindy on said:

      This definitely reads like a YA novel (no cussing, stereotypical adults, etc) but for the most part it is an engaging plot. Sarah has been thrust into small town Missouri in her senior year of high school. Her mom moved them from California to be with a soon-to-be-divorced Ted. Sarah is set up as a fortune teller/Gypsy at the school carnival and then the creepy stuff starts. The author manages to include the Salem witch trials, reincarnation, and past life regression into the theme. I'm sure tha [...]

    11. Terri on said:

      Sarah moves from Ventura CA to a small Missouri town with her mother to live with her mom's new boyfriend. It is not a friendly town and when Sarah is approached by the class President to do a fortune-telling act at the school's big festival, she allows herself to be talked into it. Only sometimes she really does see things in the crystal paperweight that was her grandmother's. And this town is conservative and turns against her, only it seems to all be related to The Salem Witch Trials and Karm [...]

    12. Vicki Krivak on said:

      This story starts with an unusual paperweight that an old woman bought at a shop. She looked into it and when she died she had all of her affairs in order. Now it falls into the hands of her granddaughter, Sarah. Sarah saw a reflection of a yellow dress in her mothers mirror before she bought it. She saw Charlie fall down the stairs before it happend. Is Sarah a witch? Or is she just losing her mind?This book compliments the extreme suspense and style that Lois Duncan posseses. The story is fant [...]

    13. Alison on said:

      I was interested in reading some of Lois Duncan's work after reading some articles about her following her passing last month (June 2016). She was a favourite teen author of many now adult and successful journalists who were gushing in their praise of her work and how it played a formative part of their adolescence. I chose this title as it was available on Kindle. If you still have time for teenage fiction and superstitions then you might enjoy this clever and creepy young adult fiction. I foun [...]

    14. Sarah on said:

      Let's look at all the ways this book is deeply problematic, shall we?1. All the usual horrible things about "gypsies."2. "She's adopted, but nobody's supposed to know."3. "She was Hungarian and very exotic-looking."So those are the big ones, but also, this just isn't like the cool (though sometimes just as problematic, coughexoticnativeamericanscough), creepy plots I remember from reading Duncan as a kid. This book was just lamely plotted and dull. :-(

    15. Lisa on said:

      I love Lois Duncan (R.I.P.) Growing up, her YA suspense novels were always my favorite even though my peers were reading Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine (both too scary for me.) Written in 1997, this is a fictional story of a teenage girl who is the victim of gaslighting. It was over-the-top (most Lois Duncan books are) but also creepy as hell.

    16. Lee on said:

      What started as a harmless fortune-telling gimmick leads to new-in-town Sarah being labeled a witch by her religious, conservative schoolmates. And now she's dreaming of the Salem Witch Trials. Something sinister is brewing in Pine Crest!Rating:  ★★★☆☆ - liked itGenre:  young adult fiction, ya horror, ya thriller, ya paranormal mysteryPros:  fairly realistic characters, interesting premise, easy readCons:  slightly rushed in some partsI think this book is best described as "thrill [...]

    17. P.A. Pursley on said:

      I don't remember where or why I picked this book up but I read it for our Horror genre for the month of October in our book club. It is a short read but very well done. It was a page turner that had me wanting to read until it was done. Sarah and her mother, Rosemary, move from California to the small town of Pine Crest because Rosemary has become involved with a married man she met at a conference. From the outside it looks like Rosemary has fallen in love with Ted but after digging deeper and [...]

    18. Kate on said:

      Her classmates convince her to play the fortuneteller for a carnival, as she has the right look for one. What no one, even Sara, realizes is that she has an uncanny aptitude for it -- she can see things happen before they actually happen.Unfortunately, even though Sara lives in the modern (1990s) world, people frown on actual witchcraft being practiced. Soon, Sara starts receiving threats, and the adult figures in her life refuse to help her. While the supernatural aspects slip into the story in [...]

    19. NerdyFloraleReads on said:

      This story comes full circle with the past, present and future. It was chilling and suspenseful. You could feel the dread seeping through your bones. It had twists I didn't see coming. There also wasn't a lot of romance in the book but I felt like it wasn't needed. I loved the growing friendship between Sarah and Charlie.😍 He's honestly the only sensible character in the entire book.✨ Some of the other characters where unbelievable, manipulative and beyond frustrating but in a conservative [...]

    20. Joy on said:

      Entertaining read, not just for young adults. Love anything Salem Witch Trials.Strong female protagonist uprooted, yet fearless and independent with self-knowledge and control in the face of rejection on multiple fronts and able to remain true to her ideals and principles—all with some esoteric past-life regression, crystal gazing and mass hypnosis in for fun. Entertaining.

    21. Wewag on said:

      Salem Witch Trials RevisitedSupernatural phenomena in the town of Pine Crest have adults and teenagers acting irrationally. Is the new girl really a witch or a reincarnation of a child from the Salem Witch Trials? Read this chilling book to discover the truth.

    22. Kat on said:

      I watched the movie "I've Been Waiting for You" so I had to read the book . It is well written for a YA novel. You can tell that the author did her research on the Salem Witch Trials. The book was entertaining and informative.

    23. Niles on said:

      "Gallows Hill" is a very well crafted suspense/supernatural thriller. Although I don't usually go for the paranormal books, this one was presented in a way that was, for the most part, believable. It is also supposed to be a young adult book, but I found it entertaining for the not-so-young adults as well.The book starts with Sarah Zoltanne being forced to relocate from Ventura, California, to tiny Pine Crest, Missouri, for her final year of high school. She was forced to follow when her mother [...]

    24. LittleDeadRedGoddess on said:

      The first YA Horror/Mystery I ever read was a Lois Duncan book. If it were not for her I ore than likely would never have picked up R.L. Stine, Caroline B Cooney, Diane Hoh, Richie Tankersley Cusick and my forever favorite mystery/horror author Christopher Pike. The first one of her books I remember reading was "I know what you did last Summer" which I want to add was so much better than the movies. I do like the first movie for the cheese factor though! For some reason I put off "Gallows Hill". [...]

    25. Eden on said:

      Sarah just moved to Pine Crest with her mom. She instantly didn't like it and wanted to go back home, but her mother insisted on staying, so she could be with Ted.She doesn't get along with Ted's daughter, Kyra and she isn't really making any friends. Although, she prefers it that way. But then, Eric Garrett comes to Sarah with an idea - he wants her to be a fortune teller at the high school fair. Sarah finally agrees. She wears a Gypsy custom with a earphones hidden underneath to get informatio [...]

    26. Juniper Shore on said:

      Lois Duncan occupies an odd position in young adult literature. She writes thrillers featuring older teens (think age 18-19) but the target audience is much younger (maybe 13-14). We end up with books that feature murders and hints of other dark subjects, but there's no vivid description or "inappropriate" content. Even more bizarre, there's no profanity. As a result the books instantly feel dated, even when they're not objectively all that old; Gallows Hill was written in 1997 but it reads like [...]

    27. Ashley on said:

      Sarah moves from California to Missouri (although honestly this would have felt super at home in the deep South) because her mom got involved with a married teacher (!!!) and moved them halfway across the US because he said he'd leave his wife for her. Of course Sarah and her mom are both outcasts because her mom is the "other woman." (Okay so Missouri isn't that far from the actual deep South, but anyway.) Sarah's a senior and the cocky high-school hottie of the book, Eric, decides to get her i [...]

    28. Michele Brack on said:

      Another of the Louis Duncan books that my friend gave to me that is just short enough to allow my limited attention span these days enough time to read in about a day and not want to kill myself afterwords.I liked the book. The subject matter was not really something that usually appeals to me, but the book was just fast paced enough for me to get into it without looking too hard into all the flaws.Except oneWhen did the internet first really start to catch on? Because I went into this book thin [...]

    29. Amy on said:

      I think this was first published in the late 60's, and at that time, it was probably considered a great teen novel - because teen lit as we know it today didn't exist. By today's standards - when there are so many teen novels that are well-written - it doesn't quite measure up. It's a suspense story, so the writing primarily serves to move the action along - but I don't think that a plot-driven novel and great writing are mutually exclusive. Stephen King, for example, writes great suspense stori [...]

    30. Felicia Jordan on said:

      In the Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan, the main character Sarah, who has been taken from friends and family in her senior year, moving from California to a small town in Missouri after her very independent mom mysteriously falls in love and moves to be with the man she loves. Sarah is not so happy with either her mother’s choice of beau or her decision to move them at such a crucial point in her high school experience. Shortly after moving to the small town, Sarah becomes involved with Eric a pop [...]

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