Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Children's Books: Haint Misbehavin'

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Haint Misbehavin'

Haint Misbehavin'
By Maureen Hardegree

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(15 customer reviews)

Product Description

The start of a fun middle-grade series, The Ghost Handlers, follows Heather Tildy, an Atlanta teen with a troublesome habit of attracting ghosts. Middle-child Heather has enough to worry about with sisters, boys and school. Now that a trouble-making girl from the 1800's is poking her nose in Heather's business, her life has taken a supernatural turn for the worse! Before her life can get better, she has to figure out how to help the ghost move on. Debut author Hardegree is a veteran short-story author for the well-known MOSSY CREEK HOMETOWN series. She plans multiple titles in this warm and funny YA series. "Ghostly fun!" ~Gillian Summers, The Faire Folk Series "A fun package of crushes, quests for popularity, and summertime antics, tied together with a paranormal bow. Fans of Meg Cabot's Mediator novels will find much to like in Haint Misbehavin', the first of Hardegree's Ghost Handler series." ~Trish Milburn HEARTBREAK RIVER (as Tricia Mills), Razorbill

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #13074 in eBooks
  • Published on: 2010-06-06
  • Released on: 2010-06-06
  • Format: Kindle eBook
  • Number of items: 1

Customer Reviews

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
5An impactful ending to a perfect ghost story....
By sgcallaway1994
Review by: Gina@My Precious

This is my very first review for a file I received from NetGalley.com. I downloaded the Ebook at no cost as a PDF file, in exchange for a review. Converting the file to kindle format and uploading it to my device was easily accomplished by emailing the PDF file to my kindle email.


Fourteen year old Heather Tiley has been ridiculed throughout her elementary and junior high school years because of her hypersensitive skin, earning her a reputation as a weirdo and a freak. The summer before entering high school, she feels like she may have a chance to turn everything around. It all starts with getting her older and much popular sister Audrey to like her. Now that she's finally entered womanhood, she may have half a chance. But then, along with her menstrual cycle, comes another big problem, the ability to see ghosts!

Heather's ghost, Amy, is a rambunctious ten-year old female who's only wish is for Heather to provide her with entertainment. As if it isn't already hard enough for Heather to ditch her freakish reputation on her own, how is she ever going to succeed with a cantankerous young "haint" tagging along. Heather's only hope at ever having a normal high school experience is to find a way to get Amy into the afterlife. The sooner the better. However, this task proves to be much harder than one may think! You see Amy is harboring a dark secret, a secret which has kept her lingering in this world afraid to ever pass into the next and she refuses to talk about it.. Will Heather be successful in rectifying Amy's situation, sending her happily to the afterlife? Or is it her destiny to forever be known as the freakish weirdo with hypersensitive skin who now can see ghosts?


Book one in the Ghost Handler series. This story was an enjoyable and totally humorous read. The characters were true to the times. The author utilized the most current teenage language, styles and devices throughout the novel to create truly believable characters teenagers will be able to relate to. The reader could easily sympathize with Heather's plight. Most everyone has an inner desire to be liked and to fit in, especially as teenagers. It was brilliant the way the author wove these theme's into this unique storyline. A completely wholesome, clean, novel leaving the reader very satisfied and with a warm heart. I look forward to the rest of the series.


This book would be suitable for middle grade girls ages 11 to 15. I don't believe the plot or storyline would actively interest boys. The language and word choice is appropriate for this age group and also detailed enough even grown ups would be entertained.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Haint Misbehavin is a unique, fun read
By Ryan Kilpatrick
I don't read a lot of YA, but I really, really liked this book. I fell in love with the entire Tildy clan from the father who grows grapes for his own wine to the crazy Aunt Heather most desperately does NOT want to be like. Not only did I fall in love with the characters, but Hardegree accurately captures the angst of being a teenager to the point I smarted with my own memories.

My favorite part of the book, though, is the mystery that surrounds Amy, the ghost who haunts Heather. I'm so glad this is book one in a series because I want to find out more about Xavier, the resident geek, and Heather's aunt. Haint Misbehavin was a fun, quick read that anyone from preteens to adults would enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
3A fun start to a new series
By ChibiNeko
Tis the season for spooky books!

If you asked Heather, she'd probably tell you that her life sucks. Not only is she super allergic to everything & anything, but she also has a sister that treats her like dirt & parents who completely ignore said sister's actions (unless they can't ignore them). Now on top of all of that she's discovered that she can see ghosts. Well, one ghost in particular, the ghost of a small child who died years ago & is intent on spending the rest of her afterlife haunting Heather.

Hardegree has done a good job mystery & world building for her first full length book, creating a character that many readers will be able to relate to. Not only that, but the book makes for a very easy read & should be a lot of fun for young readers in this spooky Halloween season. Also something to praise is Hardegree's setting up of ghostly rules & future plot points, most specifically those surrounding the character of Xavier, a geek with a crush on our young medium.

However there are a few things about the book that might wear a little thin with some readers. Heather's older sister Audrey is almost completely one-dimensional for a large chunk of the book & many might long for some sort of character depth other than "you embarrass me & I'm going to humiliate you in public". It's fine at first but it's almost completely nonstop, which gets pretty old after a while. Also wearing a little thin is how Heather's parents are completely oblivious to how she's treated- while I can understand parents wanting to think the better of their kids, Audrey's actions are so incredibly noticeable that I really wanted to see more reaction from the parents, even if it was signs that they were actively trying to live in ignorance. (Hey, I've had siblings who were just as evil, if not more so than Audrey & when it was as noticeable as this they did actually show that they noticed.) I can see where Hardegree was trying to go with this, but I just wanted to see more depth to the characters. I don't mind Hardegree making Audrey into a villain & the parents into the type who like keeping their heads in the sand, I just want to see a little more of their reasons for behaving as such. (She does show it towards the end, but it's a bit too little too late in the book for that.)

Overall though, this is a fun read & I can really see a lot of teens & young adults getting into this book. I just hope that Hardegree manages to balance out everything in the second book.

(ARC provided by NetGalley)

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