TJ and the Haunted House


105 pages
ISBN 1-55143-262-5
DDC jC813'.54




Illustrations by Krysten Brooker
Reviewed by Dosi Cotroneo

Dosi Cotroneo is a freelance writer living in Manotick, Ontario.


Cold spots, mysterious breathing, things being moved around. What is
going on at TJ Barnes’s house? As much as TJ does not want to believe
in ghosts, his best friend Seymour is obsessed with them. TJ’s family
moved into his grandma’s old house and Seymour is convinced that the
house is haunted.

All of the talk of ghosts and mysterious goings on leads Seymour to
come up with a great idea. Why not turn TJ’s home into a haunted house
for their classmates to tour and enjoy as a Halloween fundraiser? Now
the spooky ideas start flowing and there’s no stopping them—peeled
grapes as eyeballs in a bowl, cold spaghetti as worms. But there’s
much more than just scary eyeballs in store for TJ and his friends when
Gran tells him that a “real ghost” lives in the spare bedroom. Is
Gran’s story true? Although TJ doesn’t know it yet, he’s about to
solve the mystery and it’s going to make his Halloween haunted house
tour a real hit.

Hazel Hutchins’s suspenseful page-turner will have young and/or
reluctant readers caught up in a fun, scary adventure as they anxiously
await what happens next. Highly recommended.


Hutchins, Hazel., “TJ and the Haunted House,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 17, 2024,