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Book: The Ghost of Windy Hill
Author: Rpbert Clyde Bulla
Illustrator: Don Bolognese
Publisher: Scholastic Inc., republished in 1990
ISBN-13: 9780690327649 (hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0690327641 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780590432863 (paperback)
ISBN-10: 0590432869 (paperback)
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 7 to 10
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Bulla, Clyde Robert. The Ghost of Windy Hill (published in 1968 by Thomas Y. Crowell, New York City, NY, which is now apparently owned by HarperCollins Children’s Books; republished by Weekly Reader Children’s Book Club, Intermediate Division). Clyde Robert Bulla is a well known and prolific author. Several years ago, around 2003, I read his The Sword in the Tree out loud to the boys, and we thought that it was good. Therefore, when I saw The Ghost of Windy Hill at a used curriculum sale, I picked it up. Set in Massachusetts in 1851, it tells of Jamie and Lorna Carver, whose father is hired by the wealthy Mr. Giddings to live in his newly purchased country estate for a month because Mrs. Giddings thinks that there is a ghost there. The aim is either getting rid of the ghost or finding out that there is no ghost. Jamie and Lorna help solve the mystery and make some new friends in the process.
Some people do not like books that contain any mention of ghosts. In this book, while some people apparently believe in ghosts (the Carvers definitely do not), there are no actual ghosts. What I liked most about it was that even though many books for young readers are rather silly, and there is nothing necessarily wrong with that, this one is a serious story yet written for young readers in a way for them to understand and enjoy. The fact is that I had trouble putting it down! There were two reviews at Barnes and Noble. One said, “I loved this book. I read this book in third grade and I think it was awesome.” The other said, “A scary book for more innocent times. This book was my favorite as a child. Back in 1980 I can remember being enthused while biting my nails. Boy do I miss being entertained like that!” A paperback edition was republished in 1990 by Scholastic, Inc., but, alas, neither version is currently available new.