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Question: Book about haunted mental institution

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Asked by westportlibrary on Mon 11, Sep 2017 08:51am :
Middle grade novel about divorced parents, mom has a breakdown, and kids
need to go live with aunts in the Hudson Valley.
They start to investigate why a former mental institution is haunted, and a
nurse who commits a murder there. "Gray" may be in the title.
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Answer by sallievern on Sun 17, Sep 2017 03:52pm:
"The Ghost of Graylock" by Dan Pobloki
"From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-When Neil's father abandons the family to pursue fame in California,
Neil and his teenage sister, Bree, are sent to stay with their aunts while
their mother receives treatment for depression. The small upstate New York
village where Claire and Anna live is home to Graylock Hall, a state
psychiatric hospital that closed down 15 years earlier after several
teenaged patients drowned. Neil's new friend Wesley quickly fills him in on
the local legend of Nurse Janet, who is thought to be responsible for the
patients' deaths and now haunts the abandoned building. Since Neil's
favorite TV show is Ghostly Investigators, he relishes the thought of
exploring the hospital for clues. But when he and Wesley, along with their
older siblings, break into the building, they set off a chain of harrowing
events that cannot be explained. In the days after their narrow escape,
Neil and Bree are plagued by horrific visions and nightly visits from a
ghost. As time goes on, they slowly realize that their spectral visitor is
one of the drowning victims who wants to bring her murderer to justice. The
further the four get in uncovering clues, the more apparent it becomes that
Nurse Janet has been unjustly accused-and that the real murderer is intent
on making sure that the truth is never brought to light. As with The
Nightmarys (Random, 2010), Poblocki is in his element with eerie happenings
and atmospheric settings. Short chapters with cliff-hanger endings and
several twists and turns in the plot will ensure that the pages turn
quickly. Give this book to Mary Downing Hahn fans and others who enjoy
spine-tingling mysteries.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools,
VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
From Booklist
The author of The Stone Child (2009) and The Nightmarys (2010) crafts
another undisguised chiller-thriller, this one featuring an abandoned
asylum and the aggressive spirit of a young murder victim. Neil, a young
amateur ghost hunter, is initially thrilled to hear that he and his older
sister, Bree, are summering near a psychiatric hospital that closed more
than a decade ago after three mysterious drownings and the purported
suicide of an accused night nurse. His feelings change after a visit to the
spooky ruin sparks a nonstop chain of nightmares, apparitions, numbness and
tingling, slimy pond weeds in the bathwater, and other phenomena that lead
him to the conclusion that at least one of the victimized young patients
was indeed murdered. In a staccato narrative festooned with not just
psychic manifestations but sudden screams, slamming doors, squealing
hinges, ominous footsteps, electrical failures, moving shadows, and minor
but gory wounds, Poblocki misses nary a horror-story trope as he propels
his cast through one terrifying incident after another to, at last, a
climactic flight. Definitely a story to be read by flashlight."
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080K3BLW/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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Comment by westportlibrary on Tue 12, Sep 2017 06:45am:
Thank you, that is exactly the book!

 

 
 
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