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Throwback Thursday: Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

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

Down a Dark Hall

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.

Throwback Thursday: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

I thought if you could do Throwback Thursday on Instagram, Tumblr, or the Disney Channel, why not here?  So, Throwback Thursday here at Quintessentially Bookish is going to feature books I loved as a child or teen.  This week’s selection is:



The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi


A vicious captain, a mutinous crew —
and a young girl caught in the middle.

An ocean voyage of unimaginable consequences… Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it

I loved this book as a child.  I read it over and over again, imagining running away to be a seas captain myself.  Charlotte is such an interesting character and I loved her spirit.  Even with all the terrible things that happen to her, she remains strong and true to herself.  This is a great book for any young girl (or boy) to read.