76 pages 2 hours read

Mary Downing Hahn

All The Lovely Bad Ones

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2008

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Chapters 16-20

Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Chapter 16 Summary

The next morning, Travis and Corey find a couple of shovels and go to the tree where Miss Ada hanged herself. Miss Ada appears, mocking them and saying that her book is hidden where no one would dare look. The ghost children are shaken up by her appearance, but Caleb eventually suggests that the book might be buried with Miss Ada in her coffin. Ira tells them that Mr. Jaggs snuck back after Miss Ada died and could very well have hidden the book with her before her burial. Travis and Corey do not want to dig up Miss Ada’s body, beyond terrified despite their promise to help the ghost children. Travis storms off, and Corey goes after him, attempting to convince him to help the children. Corey admits that she’s scared, too, and they both agree to meet with the children at midnight to dig up Miss Ada’s grave.

Chapter 17 Summary

That afternoon, Travis and Corey relax by the pool. Ira chats with Grandmother, telling her that Miss Duvall and Chester are both frauds. He also tells her that most exorcisms don’t work because the people conducting them don’t take the time to get to know the spirits.