Book - 2008
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008
ISBN: 9780399234750
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION BAUER
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 21 cm


From Library Staff

In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
May 20, 2017

This may be one of the best books no one's ever heard of. I quite enjoyed it, with its suspense, clever mystery, and endearing protagonist. The apple references were delicious, too. :) I really, really liked the characters. They probably made the book for me. I would definitely recommend this one! It's amazing!

Jun 12, 2016

Great Realistic Mystery book!

Peeled, by Joan Bauer, is a young adult novel that focuses on the adventures of Hildy Biddle, an aspiring journalist who writes for her local high school's newspaper, The Core. Residing in Banesville, New York, breaking news would consist of the death of the class hamster and what is for lunch. But things do not stay that way for long as mysterious notes start popping up near the creepy Ludlow house. Rumour has it that the ghost of the original owner was out and about again haunting the town. The other local newspaper, The Bee, tries to convince the town of this rumor, and spreads fear across the town. The ensuing conflict has a hint of melodrama some readers may have encountered before. Hildy and her friends are set on a mission to find the truth, no matter what the costs. Hildy is a strong female heroine, so this is a good book for girls out there who just need a source for inspiration and courage, as well as anyone who loves journalism. Humour, mystery, romance, you name it, and Bauer’s got it all packed into this 248-paged book. However, I just wish that it were more thrilling like Nancy Drew, with Hildy investigating the haunted house, but it did not have much action. I would give this novel a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 stars for helping to be a reminder that teens ARE an important part of every community and that the work they do matters, as well as making the often tedious work of investigative reporting and journalism both highly interesting and relevant to the experience of young people, in the process.

Aug 05, 2012

i love mystrey book's i can't wait to read this book it sound's really good!!! ;)

samihanaimah Jun 19, 2012

A lot of mystery, loved it a lot.

Nov 25, 2011

Didn't like it. Too kiddish for me although I did like how everything was related to apples. (ex: dog's name is MacIntosh)

BookFaerie27 Oct 10, 2011

Very good mystery, but no one was put in jail and no one was really proven guilty. Still awesome though :)

ScribiraMagnus Jul 26, 2011

really like this book. Hildy was a great protagonist, and I was inspired by her idea to seek the truth and not always believe the gossip going around. so true! the book also had just the right amount of romance that was realistic too. great read.

Mar 26, 2011

mysterious, i can tell you that!

Nov 13, 2010

one of the best books i read so far


Add a Quote
May 22, 2017

No typos, either, but there was some unfortunate wording in a classified ad:
DOG FOR SALE - Eats anything and is particularly fond of children.

"You've got to move across the street, ladies. It's the law, but I'm sure not going to have a problem if you take your sweet time."
Two of the elders inched toward the street.
Pinky Sandusky turned to follow and shouted, "My knee!" I ran up to her. "What's wrong?"
Her eyes were bright. "Why, it's just clicked out on me again, honey. I can't walk. I'm going to have to sit down right here. You help me ... no, not there ... right here on the driveway." And down she went, holding her SHAME ON YOU! sign.
Suddenly, like a bolt from heaven, the Elders Against Evil were all struck in various aging body parts.

ScribiraMagnus Jul 26, 2011

" 'Hildy, I need to tell you something.'
He cleared his throat. 'I've never said this to a girl before.'
I bit my lip, waiting.
'Well...' He looked down. 'I'm not sure how to say this'...'I really like fighting evil with you.'


Add Age Suitability
May 22, 2017

Tabaqui thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

loveschoolcanada1009 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top