Hauntings: And Other Tales of Danger, Love, and Sometimes Loss

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9780061239113: Hauntings: And Other Tales of Danger, Love, and Sometimes Loss

What would you do if . . .

you knew secrets that others would kill to protect?

your parents became people you didn't recognize?

a ghostly pair of highway robbers stopped you on a dark road in the dead of night?

an old toy crow suddenly came alive, and you were the only one who heard it flying around the attic?

suddenly, you were the only one who could see peril around every turn?

In fifteen eerie tales, you will meet the lonely, the troubled, the grieving—the ones who must answer these questions. They have choices; they have fears; they have life . . . and death. They will haunt you long after their stories end.

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About the Author:

Betsy Hearne is the author of several acclaimed books for teens and for young readers, including The Canine Connection: Stories about Dogs and People; Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs; and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Seven Brave Women. She is a noted children's book reviewer and scholar who teaches folklore and storytelling at the University of Illinois. Betsy Hearne lives in Urbana, Illinois, but has spent every summer for more than twenty years in the village of Kilcrohane, County Cork, Ireland. These stories are partly drawn from that experience and partly made up out of very thin air.

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From Ireland of several centuries ago to present-day America and on to the afterworld, the settings of these 15 stories are painted with sure, deft, and simple strokes that use both action and mood to focus the reader's imagination. "Tryst," the opening tale, is the most rigidly structured, each paragraph beginning with the phrase that ended the previous one, creating a poetic rhythm as haunting as that of Alfred Noyes' similarly fatalistic "The Highwayman." The longest story, in which a young boy and a retired professor help one another as they care for a grove of diseased trees, is perhaps the least atmospheric, but it is, nonetheless, a compelling portrait of human beings seeking rational order in their lives. Symbols of the hauntings mentioned in the title range from a scarecrow in the form of a crow, a selkie, and even a well-known hymn. No disappointments for readers here. Goldsmith, Francisca

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