Book cover of Harvest House

Harvest House



Publisher & Publication Year

Candlewick, 2023

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Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Nation)

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Halloween is near, and Hughie Wolfe is volunteering at a new rural attraction: Harvest House. He’s excited to take part in the fun, spooky show—until he learns that an actor playing the vengeful spirit of an “Indian maiden,” a ghost inspired by local legend, will headline. Folklore aside, unusual things have been happening at night at the crossroads near Harvest House. A creepy man is stalking teenage girls and young women, particularly Indigenous women; dogs are fretful and on edge; and wild animals are behaving strangely. While Hughie weighs how and when to speak up about the bigoted legend, he and his friends begin to investigate the crossroads and whether it might be haunted after all. As Moon rises on All Hallow’s Eve, will they be able to protect themselves and their community? 

A wonderful intersection of contemporary realism and eerie mystery.

Notable Achievements


Publishers Weekly: “Smith, a member of the Muscogee Nation, intertwines thoughtful conversation surrounding the racism faced by Indigenous teenagers with a convincing ghost story to craft a spine-tingling, edge-of-the-seat chiller.”

Kirkus Reviews: “An atmospheric novel compellingly interweaving chills and contemporary themes.”

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Educator Guide

This guide, written by Lakota writer and educator Andrea Page, includes discussion questions, curriculum connections, and information about the author.

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