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Beverley Spencer.
Toronto, ON: Gage Publishing, 1983.
144pp., paper, $2.95.
ISBN 0-7715-7012-0. Jeanpac series. CIP.

Grades 4-6 / Ages 9-11

Reviewed by Nancy Dickson.

Volume 12 Number 4
1984 July

The Ghost of Sullivan Town is a new release from Jeanpac, a series of original Canadian paperbacks for children from eight to twelve, seen as a way of providing them with an introduction to a variety of reading experiences: mystery, adventure, historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction.

This light-hearted mystery is Beverley Spencer's first published book following a career in journalism. Her position as librarian in the public library system has provided her with the setting for this story of two children who take summer jobs in the library of Sullivan Town and meet the ghost of the former librarian. As it turns out, Miss Peabody had been murdered, although no one knows by whom, including the victim. With the help of the partially materialized ghostly librarian, Nicki and Hugo set out to discover the murderer's identity and in so doing uncover a number of interesting secrets.

The story line recounted through the eyes of Niki builds quickly, the emphasis being placed on character and action. Suspense is worked into every chapter, enticing the reader to continue. Story characters tend to be clichéd, but nonetheless amusing.

The book is attractively packaged in a colourful denim-look cover and is likely to capture the imagination of the young readers for whom it was intended.

Nancy Dickson, Falgarwood P.S., Oakville, ON.
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