Hannah Fairchild is having a very boring summer at home, after all her friends leave town for the break. She tries writing to her friend Janey, but she does not ever seem to write back. She spends some time with her little brothers, even making a campfire in the backyard and telling ghost stories one night, but it does not really seem like enough.
However, the day after having a horrifying dream about her bedroom being on fire, she meets her new next door neighbor, Danny "Daredevil" Anderson. She does not remember Danny moving in and he claims he goes to her school and though they are supposedly in the same grade, they do not know any of the same people. Hannah begins to suspect that Danny is not all he seems, as he keeps disappearing into thin air every time she turns around. It is then that she suspects that this boy is a ghost.
After she spies Danny downtown with a pair of trouble-making children, Alan Miller and Fred Drakes, she is pursued by a shadowy figure. All the while, Danny is getting into worse and worse trouble with his excursions with Alan and Fred. The two dare him to steal ice cream cones and destroy mailboxes. After they are caught trying to break the Postmaster's mailbox and Danny gets treated in a less than fragile manner by the man, Alan and Fred tell Danny that they have to get back at the Postmaster. Naturally, Hannah has been following the three around town the entire time and has spied the whole ordeal.
She tries to warn Danny but he is less than responsive to her pleas, especially when she accuses him of being a ghost. This is immediately followed by Danny accidentally putting his entire hand through Hannah's chest and running off in hysterics. It turns out that Danny is not the ghost, Hannah is!
Approximately two minutes after she figures this out, a Realtor shows up at her house and explains Hannah's entire family died five years ago when their house caught fire. It turns out the fire was started when Hannah did not entirely extinguish the campfire in the backyard. Hannah experiences weird black outs and when she wakes up she attempts to stop Danny from getting into perilous danger but only succeeds in scaring him...
She then gets on her bike and rides to catch up to him. Hannah catches up with the three, as they break into the Postmaster's house and set it on fire while still inside. Alan and Fred manage to escape but they leave Danny in the burning house. Then the shadowy figure who has been scaring Hannah suddenly appears. Hannah pulls down the shadowy figure's hood to reveal Danny's face!
The Shadow-Danny tells Hannah that Danny must die in the fire so that he can live and the real Danny can take his place in Shadow World.
Hannah escapes Shadow-Danny's grasp and rescues the real Danny, leaving Shadow-Danny to burn in the flames. In the ambulance, Danny tells his mother that Hannah rescued him, but Danny's mother does not believe him. As Danny is carried off to the hospital, Hannah fades away from the real world and reunites with her family in the spirit world.
Hannah is a character in the 2015 Goosebumps movie, played by Odeya Rush. In the film, she is R.L. Stine's adoptive daughter, and she understands why he's hiding from the world. When Zach Cooper moves in next door, she befriends him, eager to make a friend. but one night, Zach accidentally opens a Goosebumps manuscript, unleashing the Abominable Snowman of Pasadena, when all the other monsters in the series are unleashed by Slappy the Dummy, she teams up with Zach and her dad in order to put a stop to the monsters. She is revealed to be one of Stine's creations too, the titular protagonist of The Ghost Next Door, that Stine adopted as a daughter when his wife left him. Zach finishes the story, but is reluctant to open the book because Hannah will be trapped inside it as well. Hannah reveals that she knew she was not real all along and opens the book, sucking all of the monsters into it. While Zach tries to hold on to her, Hannah accepts her fate and is imprisoned as well after they kiss goodbye. After class, Zach asks Stine if he misses Hannah, but Hannah suddenly reappears. Stine reveals that he wrote her back into existence with another book. She and Zach kiss and leave school together holding hands as a couple while Stine burns Hannah's manuscript.
- Hannah is the first character of many things:
- She is the first protagonist to be a ghost, not to mention being the first protagonist to die.
- She is the first ghost in general introduced in the series.
- In the book, Hannah is twelve years old, but in the movie,
she's sixteen. Ironically, that is how old Hannah would have been (or she may have been seventeen) if she was still alive in the book.
- Her looks changed in the movie. In the book, she has short
blonde hair and wears bright neon colors. But in the film, she has long brown hair and wears dark colors.
- It could be possible that she let her hair grow out after she
was released from her book by Stine, since in the book she thought about growing it out.
- Her last name coincides with a protagonist of The Mortal
Instruments (or Shadowhunters as a TV series adoptation), Clarissa Fairchild (and the latter's mother, Jocelyn Fairchild).