The Haunting of Swain's Fancy

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Taylor has come to Swain's Fancy to spend the summer with her father and his new wife, Sylvia, and her children, Nicole and Peter. She has to share a room with Nicole, who thinks Taylor is about as welcome as Lyme disease. But the stepsisters' enmity is soon eclipsed by strange goings-on in the house. What makes the bedroom so cold? Who is that person looking out the attic window? Sibling rivalry is pushed aside as Taylor, Nicole, Peter, and neighbor Cody join forces to solve a murder committed during the Civil War. As Kirkus Reviews said of The Haunting at Stratton Falls, here is another "thoroughly satisfying ghost story with just the right amounts of scariness, suspense, and danger . . ."

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Brenda Seabrooke graduated from Tulane University where she majored in history. She taught it briefly before turning to writing stories. "Not a big jump," she says, "because history is full of wonderful stories." She grew up reading every mystery she could find. "I loved them all. Once at my grandmother's for a weekend, I had nothing to read. In the hall bookcase I found treasure: the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books. I read my way through them on visits." Now after she finishes writing for the day, she reads mysteries.

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Grade 5-7-From the first moment 11-year-old Taylor sees the 18th-century house her father and his wife, Sylvia, have recently purchased in West Virginia, she feels the presence of all of its previous inhabitants. Her first night there, she sees two ghosts, a disembodied head outside the window of the bedroom she is sharing with her new stepsister, and a woman in a 19th-century dress opening and closing phantom drawers as if searching for something. Taylor discovers that the ghost head is actually a prank dreamed up by Nicole, who is not happy about sharing her room. She reasons that the other ghost was also somehow faked-until Nicole sees her, too. The two girls, along with Nicole's brother Peter and friend Cody, begin investigating the history of Swain's Fancy and discover a murder committed in the house during the Civil War. Two brothers, Jason and Jared Swain, one in the Union Army, the other the Confederate, were both in love with their cousin, Elizabeth. Jason was shot and murdered by Jared, who accused his brother of stealing the family's gold. Elizabeth was convinced Jason was innocent and searched the rest of her life for proof. The children find this evidence, all the while menaced by Jared's vengeful ghost, and the past is set to rest. This is a well-done, historical-mystery, ghost story with suspenseful pacing that will draw readers in. The added plot of adjusting to a new stepfamily is well integrated into the story.
Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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