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Help A Reader Out: Spooky Story Collection for the Younger Set

Published by Kirsten on September 29th, 2014 - in Uncategorized

Someone HAS to know this one. How many children’s books out there can possibly have housecleaning witches, spooky skeletons, Nessie, and a family of ghosts, all inside the same covers?

Tracy says:

This book isn’t part of a series like “scary stories to tell in the dark” or “goosebumps” and it’s for a younger demographic than those. It is illustrated and has several spooky themed short stories. One was about a grumpy witch who finds happiness by opening a cleaning service. I specifically remember her kicking a child’s tricycle and saying “get your ding-dang tricycle out of my driveway”.

There was also a story about a skeleton who liked to jump out from behind a gravestone to scare people, but one day he tried to scare a scotty dog and the dog stole his tasty leg bones.

There was a story about someone playing bagpipes on Loch Ness and disrupting Nessie.

The last story was about an extended ghost family getting ready to go out haunting for the night. The mom was ironing everyone’s sheets, the kids were playing with the ghost dog. The last page of the book showed the mom and dad ghost kissing the kids and tucking them in to bed. I think the back cover had the ghost family on a pirate ship. I can’t remember what the front color looked like but it may have been ghosts in a castle.

I obtained the book in the early 1990s.  It’s probably first published around then.

Thank you.

Let’s see if we can help Tracy out. Please let me know if you have ANY ideas!

Book Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Published by Kirsten on September 28th, 2014 - in Uncategorized

   Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Delacorte Press, December 2014

ISBN: 978-0385743891

Available: Pre-order (hardcover and Kindle edtions)


Hot on the heels of her two previous books (Timeless, Timekeeper), author Alexandra Monir gives us Suspicion, a tale of secrets and suspense that lurk behind the iron gates of a modern day “Downton Abbey,” the magnificent and mysterious Rockford Manor.

Imogen lived in New York as a young girl, but she would often spend summers in Wickersham, England with her family at the grand estate known as Rockford Manor. One summer, while Imogen, her cousin Lucia, and friends Sebastian and Theo, are busy helping the groundskeeper plant flowers, Imogen accidentally discovers that she has supernatural powers – and a remarkable green thumb.

One night as she and Lucia are asleep in the boathouse, Imogen wakes to a raging fire in the garden, and sadly, both girls lose their parents to the devastating blaze. But not before Imogen’s father reveals there’s something special hidden within the garden’s curious maze. It’s decided that young Lucia will stay on at Rockford Manor in the care of her grandfather and a house full of servants, while Imogen is whisked back to New York, to live with friends of her family.

Over the years, the girls lose touch. Yet right before her high school graduation, Imogen’s past catches up with her. She receives word that both her grandfather and cousin have died, making Imogen sole heir to Rockford Manor and all of its twisted secrets.

For fans of The Princess Diaries or the classic Rebecca, this is a good fit –  and it looks like the author has left some wiggle room for a sequel, too. Recommended for ages 12 and over.

Contains: Teen Romance


Reviewed by Tina Mockmore


Help a Reader Out: Petrified Heads, Metal Crosses, and a Phantom Horserider

Published by Kirsten on September 20th, 2014 - in Uncategorized

Our reader says:

When I was a teen or a kid (I forgot how old I was), I remember my mom getting me a book with a cover of these metal cross-like things being on the cover and there were several petrified faces on them. I think the cover was kind of a dark purple or something.

Anyways, I remember vaguely two stories from the book. One was about a phantom horserider that rode by a school everyday repeating the events of her death. And, the other was about a father recalling his memories about a childhood friend that he couldn’t save from drowning or something.

I’ve been looking for this book for the past two days and I have came up with no luck.

I thought this might be Robert San Souci’s Short and Shivery, which is a children’s anthology with a purplish cover and an iron fence topped with crosses, but there are no petrified heads, and I’m not familiar enough with the stories to be able to know for sure. I’ll make you all the same offer I did last time– if you can identify the book, I’ll send you candy.