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. Volume IX Number 9 . . . . January 3, 2003
Return of the Grudstone Ghosts is the first volume in a “Canadian Chills,” Arthur Slade’s new mystery series which introduces readers to Daphne Shea who, along with her two friends, Peach and Nick, is thrown into a gripping mystery in the small town of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Determined to find out why Daphne’s sixth grade teacher has fallen from the school’s belfry tower, Daphne begins poking around. Her investigations lead her to a janitor who has been tied up, ghostly apparitions in the belfry tower, and an oddly behaving school principal.
Daphne is an intelligent and likeable 12-year-old whose inner dialogue somewhat resembles that of a comical 1950's detective. She inspires readers with her self assurance and clear sense of identity.
I love my name. It’s old sounding and a little silly, and people always think because of my name and my glasses and my plain brown hair that I don’t know what’s going on. But I do. Just ask Peach and Nick, my two closest friends here in the Jaw. I’m pretty good at guessing things, and I’ve got a rep of being a Sherlock and a young scientist too.
Fast paced, the story takes place within the course of one day. Daphne exercises a unique freedom that allows her to pursue her investigations late into the night without parental consent or knowledge. For young mystery buffs, this novel will have great appeal, particularly if they like ghosts!
Christina Neigel is the Instruction Librarian for the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, BC.
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