After their family moves into an old farmhouse, John and his sister Lisa come face to face with the ghost of a Revolutionary War solider. The ghost will not rest until he is reunited with his beloved horse whom he was separated in battle.
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MARGERY CUYLER is the author of many children's books, including the first Little Nell story, The Biggest, Best Snowman; Please Say Please!: Penguin's Guide to Manners; and 100th Day Worries. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.From Publishers Weekly:
This patriotic mystery, inspired by legends surrounding the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777, stars a brother and sister who move into a historic haunted house near the battlefield. Some initial phantasmal encounters effectively build suspense as an unseen presence strokes John's fingers while he plays the piano, shoves the boy and his sister into a horse stall and even feeds the horse carrots. The siblings discover that the amiable ghost is a Hessian mercenary who fought for the British and whose horse died with him in combat, and by the close of the novel, they reunite the man and his steed. Cuyler (Invisible in the Third Grade) construes the mystery primarily to convey, successfully, the historical events; all other plotting (e.g., John's family erecting a Christmas tree, a visit from the grandparents) feels superfluous. Howard's black-and-white illustrations occasionally seem at odds with the mood of the text but, at their best, deliver a spine-tingling effect, especially in the opening views of the children settling into their eerie home and the portrait of the ghost himself. A comprehensive concluding note fills in historical details of the decisive battle, and readers are rewarded with a final vivid, ghostly reenactment on the battlefield. Ages 7-10.
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Book Description Scholastic, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110590108484
Book Description Scholastic. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0590108484 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1160851