Down a Dark Hall
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Down A Dark Hall (1974) is a novel for young adults by Lois Duncan. It is a supernatural/suspense novel and is her only gothic fiction. It tells the story of a girl who starts at a boarding school where she is one of only four students.
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After Kit's mother is re-married, Kit is forced to attend Madame Duret's Blackwood Boarding School. Kit originally planned to attend school with her best friend, Tracy, but Tracy wasn't accepted despite having better grades. The school is far in the country and when Kit first laid eyes on the deserted ancient building, Kit felt something dark emanating from the school. She is further disturbed to find that her room only locks from the outside. Kit has a very uneasy feeling about the school. The faculty consists of Madame Duret, Professor Farley, and Jules, Madame Duret's son who teaches piano.
Blackwood students are taught individually, according to their 'level of learning and ability'. There are only three other students: Lynda, Ruth, and her best friend Sandy, each with a unique talent. Lynda excels at painting; Ruth, at math, and Sandy writes poetry, which none had shown any talent for before. Kit's specialty is the piano. Kit learns that Madams Duret is using the students to connect telepathically with famous artists who died young and channel their talents to create masterpieces for her. She also learns that all former students at her other schools she owned either lost their lives, or lost their minds. Kit devises a plan for escape and attempts to contact her friend, Tracy, for help. Later in the story, the girls beg Jules to help them escape he tries to help by asking his mother for the key to get access out of blackwood, Ruth then throws her book in the fireplace in the parlor room which contained Madame Duret and professor Farley's spirits or special abilities which makes Madame Duret give her the son the keys this starts a big fire meanwhile Madame Duret and Professor are in professor's apartment across everyone is out except Lynda everyone realizes
that she isn't going to be able to recognize the fact that there is a fire Ruth thinks their is no other way to get her out or all the girls will die but instead kit went inside and banged on Lynda's door with the message hoping that she would jump out the window she didn't hear anything after that so she went down stairs and yelled mommy and daddy but she hears her dads spirits still alive telling her ways to get out of blackwood school so that she would survive her dad later the Rosenblums will be waiting for he outside without her father still working her through the story she wouldn't be able to survive