Throwback Thursday is a series of posts where I feature books I loved as a kid or teen. This week’s selection is:
Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan
Kit Gordy sees Blackwood Hall towering over black iron gates, and she can’t help thinking, This place is evil. The imposing mansion sends a shiver of fear through her. But Kit settles into a routine, trying to ignore the rumors that the highly exclusive boarding school is haunted.
Then her classmates begin to show extraordinary and unknown talents. The strange dreams, the voices, the lost letters to family and friends, all become overshadowed by the magic around them. When Kit and her friends realize that Blackwood isn’t what it claims to be, it might be too late.
I remember this book being the one that spawned my love of boarding school stories. It also includes several more of my literary loves: kids with paranormal talents, nefarious authority figures, and a creepy mystery. I remember this book being genuinely scary. It’s hard to find books as an adult that gave me the creeps the way so many children’s books can.