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No one—certainly not Melani, who longed for the country—could have imagined that a city house could be like this, but there it was, big and old, lovely and strange, with odd juttings and turnings and unexpected windows. And it stood just where the city met the Pacific Ocean, next to a vast park. Mel's room looked onto the park with its flowers and trees, and horses on the bridle paths. It was there, early one foggy morning, that she first saw the ghost horse—a great silvery stallion standing on a hill rising like an island above the swirling fog.
''The author's love of horses and of art overflows into this romantic, delightfully told story about a gifted family," said the Chicago Tribune when this book—enjoyed and remembered by its many enthusiastic readers—was first published. "Where has the stallion come from? is he real?. . . How these questions are answered and how Mel wins her heart's desire brings to an end what her family agrees has been a 'very fine summer.'"
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Shirley Rousseau Murphy grew up in southern California, riding and showing the horses her father trained. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute, later exhibiting paintings and welded metal sculpture in West Coast juried shows before turning to writing. She is the author of over forty books, including among others the popular Joe Grey cat mystery series for adults, the Dragonbards fantasy series for young adults, and many books for children.Review:
"The author's love of horses and of art overflows into this romantic, delightfully told story about a gifted family. . . The White Ghost is a silvery white stallion that, when first seen in the fog at dawn, is Mel's answer to a dream. Where has the stallion come from? Is he real?. . . How these questions are answered and how Mel wins her heart's desire brings to an end what her family agrees has been a 'very fine summer.'" --Chicago Tribune
"A good horse story and an intriguing mystery , it is an unusual picture of a family of creative people. . . . The author writes with an intensity of feeling that grips the reader." --Young Readers' Review
"What girl wouldn't like to meet a family made up of people with talent--for illustrating, writing, collecting snakes--a family who moves into an enormous house in San Francisco. . . You'll have fun reading White Ghost Summer." --Publishers' Weekly
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