The House of Dies Drear is a novel by Virginia Hamilton about Thomas Small, an African American boy who moves into a new home that was previously a part of the Underground Railroad. Many believe that the house's caretaker, Mr. Pluto, is the devil. Soon, strange and mysterious things begin to happen in the house after the Smalls move in. Their next door neighbors, the Darrows, act hostilely toward them and they eventually learn that the Darrows are trying to recover treasure from the Underground Railroad tunnel.

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