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The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!...
The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!...
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  • The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!

    Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.

    The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That's only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there's a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.

    But "running from ghosts" is just a metaphor, right?

    As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn't limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.

About the Author-

  • Tiffany D. Jackson is the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Monday's Not Coming, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme. A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book and Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, earned her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decade in TV and film experience. The Brooklyn native still resides in the borough she loves. You can visit her at www.writeinbk.com.


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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 12, 2021
    After being expelled from her Carmel, Calif., high school for drug use, Black former track star Marigold Anderson moves to Detroit-inspired Cedarville with her newly blended, interracial family. To get a new start and recoup the steep cost of Mari’s rehab stay, they’ll be living rent-free at an artists’ residency, in a renovated historic house, while Mari’s author mother writes a new book. But when the family arrives, it slowly becomes clear that there’s something sinister about the new home—and that everybody knows about it but them. As references to systemic ills pile up, it becomes clear that the murderous and racist history of the predominantly Black subdivision is about to rear its furious head. Amid the family’s struggle to adapt to the strangely desolate town is Mari’s mission to secure a weed connection to help her cope with anxiety and delusional parasitosis. Plot progression is scattered among a number of unresolved threads, and Mari’s addiction-induced tunnel vision takes center stage to the detriment of other components, but Jackson delivers multilayered frights in a true horror tradition, peppered with instantly recognizable references to urban legends and internet horror culture. Ages 14–up. Agent: Natalie Lakosil, Bradford Literary.

  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2021
    A family already at odds tries to survive the whims of a haunted house. Jackson, who penned thrillers Allegedly (2017) and Monday's Not Coming (2018), proves that her skills in suspense carry over to the horror genre. Anxiety-ridden Mari, recovering from substance abuse, tries to start anew when her family leaves California and moves into a newly renovated home in the Midwestern town of Cedarville. She's relocating with brother Sammy, stepsister Piper, stepfather Alec, and her mother, whose acceptance into a 3-year artist residency lets them stay rent-free in a new house that looks perfect on the outside. However, certain things ring alarm bells: a basement they're instructed never to enter, construction workers who refuse to stay in the house past the afternoon, and the stories circulating around the neighborhood about what happened there. As Mari unravels the mysteries around her, she must try to avoid relapsing into bad habits; contain her dizzying, trauma-born phobia of bedbugs; and avoid the wrath of entities who wish her harm. Jackson conjures horrors both supernatural and otherwise in a masterful juxtaposition of searing social commentary and genuinely creepy haunts, as well as providing an authentic portrayal of tensions within a blended family. Mari, Sammy, and her mother are Black; Alec and Piper are White. Begs to be finished in one sitting, though maybe with the lights kept on. (Horror. 14-adult)

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  • Booklist

    July 1, 2021
    Grades 9-12 Jackson (Grown, 2020) takes her first plunge into horror in this blend of Candy Man and Get Out, wherein a newly blended family looking for a fresh start becomes the victim of their new home's violent past. That home is in the Midwestern town of Cedarville, an area being revitalized by an arts foundation, which has awarded teenaged Mari's mother its first residency. Almost immediately, their "new" house starts throwing out some seriously strange vibes--doors open by themselves, objects disappear--and local legends give more clout to hags and hauntings than Mari likes to admit. Clear racial divides exist in Cedarville from a war on drugs waged disproportionately on its Black community, and while Mari and her side of the family are Black, her new stepfather and his daughter are white, which adds another interesting dynamic to the story. As Mari tries to manage her anxiety, a recent drug addiction, and a crush on a boy at school, things at home escalate into a hair-raising finale that proves Jackson knows her way around the genre.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Jackson consistently turns out quality writing and compelling stories. Her many fans know this and won't hesitate to give horror a try.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from September 1, 2021

    Gr 8 Up-Teenage Marigold is an unreliable narrator, and she knows it. A bedbug infestation several years ago triggered an anxiety disorder that led to a dependency on marijuana and Percocet. So when she and her newly blended family move to Cedarville, she keeps her observations about their new house to herself; her desire not to arouse suspicion in her mother, who worries about Marigold relapsing, is more intense than her fear of strange noises and odd odors-at least, at first. But questions arise: Why are the other houses on the block gutted and burnt? Why does her stepsister, Piper, suddenly have an imaginary best friend? And can the family really trust the Sterling Foundation, which offered Marigold's mother, a writer, a residency supposedly intended to help Cedarville flourish? Though Jackson masterfully weaves in references to everything from The Shining to Paranormal Activity, hers is a wholly original take on the haunted house genre. The novel will have readers racing for the conclusion, but the electrifying finale will linger, as will Jackson's commentary on race, class, gentrification, and exploitation. Marigold, her mother, and her brother are Black, while Marigold's stepfather and stepsister are white. VERDICT Jackson is one of the most innovative YA suspense writers in recent years, and her latest is no exception. Spellbinding and thought-provoking.-Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Karen McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying "Thrilling, chilling, and utterly riveting. Tiffany D. Jackson crafts high-stakes tension, a deliciously creepy atmosphere, and characters you really, really hope make it to the end."
  • R.L. Stine, author Goosebumps and Fear Street "The creeps come on slowly, then start to build. When the cold shivers ran down my back, I wanted to scream—but I was too busy turning pages. I had to know: Just how frightening will it get?"
  • Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie and The Project "Tiffany Jackson takes the classic haunted house story to the next level by infusing it with her trademark twists and turns and her brilliant and unflinching prose. White Smoke is a gripping, unsettling, and incisive novel by a YA powerhouse who knows her thrills—and her chills."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Jackson conjures horrors both supernatural and otherwise in a masterful juxtaposition of searing social commentary and genuinely creepy haunts, as well as providing an authentic portrayal of tensions within a blended family. Begs to be finished in one sitting, though maybe with the lights kept on."
  • Publishers Weekly "Jackson delivers multilayered frights in a true horror tradition, peppered with instantly recognizable references to urban legends and internet horror culture."
  • School Library Journal (starred review) "Jackson is one of the most innovative YA suspense writers in recent years, and her latest is no exception."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "The nuanced depiction of Mari's struggle with mental health is emotionally resonant; the story of a mostly Black city nearly wiped out by draconian drug laws and gentrification is authentic and timely; and the simmering tension and jump scares make the horror element satisfyingly chilling... Jackson ticks off the best tropes of horror here with enthusiastic glee, and Ms. Suga will have more than a few readers checking their basements before bedtime."
  • Entertainment Weekly "The queen of YA returns."
  • Booklist (starred review) Praise for Grown: "Gripping in both its content and format... Jackson's writing some of the best thrillers for teens these days."

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