Book Review # 27 – The House of Dies Drear

The House of Dies Drear


Virginia Hamilton

Back Cover: "A hundred years ago, Dies Drear and two slaves he was hiding in his house, an Underground Railroad station in Ohio, has been murdered. The house, huge and isolated, was fascinating, Thomas thought, but he wasn't sure he was glad Papa had bought it—funny things kept happening, frightening things… The secret of the house is revealed in an exciting final sequence that maintains beautifully the mysterious and dramatic story of a black family caught in an atmosphere of fear and danger."

Thomas and his family, Mr. and Mrs. Small and the twins move into an old huge home all alone on a hill in Ohio. It is a spooky home, with hidden tunnels and secret passageways and a weird old caretaker. Thomas doesn't like the caretaker, he doesn't trust him. He is hiding something and Thomas and his father set out to find out what. Along the way Thomas learns the history of the abolitionists and the underground railroad. Thomas discovers the secret of Dies Drear and what he finds out will surprise you. This is a book written for ages 9 – 12, but any adult will enjoy it as well. Highly recommended.

This is book # 2 for the Dewey Read's Book Challenge.


  1. I have never read this book. I liked your review and I probably should read it someday!! :)

  2. Thanks for this review. I'll have to suggest it for my nephews.


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