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Cresswell, Helen

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ISBN 10: 0027253708 / ISBN 13: 9780027253702
Published by Macmillan, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Cresswell, Helen. MOONDIAL. NY: Macmillan Publishing Company, c1987. first printing. 202pp. 8vo. Fine hardcover in Very Good+ d/j with only minor edgewear. Bookseller Inventory # 61460

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Publisher: Macmillan

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Minty, lonely and worried about her gravely ill mother, investigates the mysterious voices of ghostly children in the big house across the road and, through a magic moondial, meets Tom and Sarah, two children from distant times and places

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Grade 5-8 From the very first pages, the mood of mystery/time travel fantasy is well-developed. When Minty is left at Aunt Mary's for a summer visit, she discovers cold spots on a hot July day and mysterious graves, and she hears crying children calling out to her. Then her mother is injured in an auto accident and falls into a deep coma. Minty seeks refuge from the reality of her mother's illness through her fascination with two poor and abused children from the past whom she meets through the help of a moondial. Readers will fear for Minty as she encounters ghosts; deals with a belligerent mob of superstitious, menacing children bent on attacking a poor birth-mark scarred child; and tries to fight off adults who beat a poor kitchen-boy living in 1871. This is a dark story of the battle of love over fear, a fight with a witch who does the devil's work, a story that ends on a long-ago Halloween night. Although this borders on morbid, the theme of ``Light and Shadow by turns, but always Love,'' saves it from a melancholy tone. There are not enough Briticisms to deter readers from finishing this exciting mystery steeped in the mysticism of moon and star time. The idea that Minty's mother, kept alive by sighing machines, is a refugee from time who is kept alive by her daughter's story of a time-riddle is a fascinating new plot. Susan McCord, Boise Public Library, Idaho
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