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Wilson, Budge.

Richmond Hill (Ont.), Scholastic-TAB, 1987. 128pp, paper, $3.50, ISBN 0-590-71389-2. (Blue Harbour series). CIP

Grades 4 to 6
Reviewed by Carol Steedman

Volume 16 Number 2
1988 March

This is the third book in the "Blue Harbour" series. Previous titles are The Worst Christmas Present Ever* and A House Far from Home** Lorinda Dauphinee and her brother James have returned to their Nova Scotia home and already there's another mystery. Their parents and friends are disturbed by strange, unexplained blue lights that appear each night in the harbour. Though this mystery is on everyone's mind, the Dauphinee family hosts a month-long visit from Hank and Mildred—two children ihe Dauphinee children met during a six-month stay in Ontario. Hank is an outgoing, somewhat unkempt boy who enjoys everything about Nova Scotia. Mildred's family is quite financially secure and her reserved, spoiled ways aggravate Lorinda. However, Lorinda promises herself that she will be friendly and give Mildred a chance to adjust to the maritime way of life.

Mystery Lights at Blue Harbour is a well-paced mystery and action story, even though the ending seems somewhat rushed and artificial, since the mystery is solved by the police lieutenant's retelling of the series of events. However, it's not enough to detract from the overall story-line.

Budge Wilson gives it a distinctive Maritime flavour with her description of the fog and sounds at the dock, not to mention the fish dinners, blueberry picking and a seaside clambake. Chapter six gives a superb description of a day the children spend in Halifax. She adds Canadian lore about the Tall Ships and the Bluenose, which appears on the Canadian dime. She even treats the reader to an exhilarating ride on the Bluenose!

The book is well bound and its clear print and generous spacing make it comfortable to read. I think that this series would be of interest to students in grades 4, 5 and 6. It's an appealing way to learn about life in various parts of Canada.

Carol Steedman, North Ward School, Paris, Ont.

*Reviewed vol. XIII/3 May 1985 p. 117.

**Reviewed vol. XV/2 March 1987 p.64.

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