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New Yorker Cory Gales's unhappiness at having to spend her summer at Rose Farm in England with the ever-so-perfect Zoe Mitchell starts to fade when she realizes that Zoe has ESP, which leads to their involvement in a century-old mystery.
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Cory's archaeologist parents decide to leave her with their mentor's granddaughter in England while the three adults go off on a dig. At first Cory is convinced that her parents expect her to pick up some good habits from Zoe, who is reputed to be ``gifted.'' In the event, it emerges that Zoe's ``giftedness'' manifests itself as extrasensory powers. She is receiving messages from the past, doesn't know what to make of them, and is afraid that she is going mad. The woman who has been hired to look after the 11-year-olds while the archaeologists are away helps the girls understand that Zoe has ``the sight.'' Then they scramble to uncover the mystery that the messages point to before Cory must return to New York. Naturally, there is a past injustice that needs to be righted. The landlord who's unfairly collecting rent turns out to be Zoe's grandmother, who must confront her own long-suppressed second-sightedness and turn the inn over to the descendants of Zoe's ghostly informants. Though not particularly well-constructed, and certainly predictable, this may appeal to fans of the genre. (Fiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6-While her parents go off on an archaeological dig with famous anthropologist, Cornelia Jessup, Cory Gales, 11, stays with Jessup's granddaughter Zoe in their home in a small, English village. At first Zoe keeps to herself, appearing to be snobbish and antisocial. Gradually Cory realizes that the girl is terrified by an old photograph and by the unexplained gift she has for "seeing" long-dead people. With patience and perseverance, Cory is able to help her new friend come to terms with her paranormal abilities, and together they solve a 100-year-old mystery. Although characterization is not particularly strong, the humorous quality of Cory's first-person narrative carries readers along. Ghost stories are always popular, and Zoe's Gift will be no exception, particularly for fans of Betty Ren Wright's A Ghost in the House (Scholastic, 1991).
Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0525674845
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0525674845