CRANDALLS’ CASTLE by Betty Ren Wright


Age Range: 10 - 14


For seven years—since her mother’s death—Sophia has been shuffled around. Now she finds herself amid a clamorous brood of distant relations, the Crandalls. Even the house across the street contains cousins—in particular Charli. Though the Crandalls are welcoming, Sophia senses, with her ability to see into the future, that Will Crandall means trouble. He reveals his plan to buy and renovate the old Castle, crumbling and reputedly haunted, and turn it into a bed and breakfast. Charli explores the Castle and sees the terrorizing shadow of a cradle, followed later by swirling apparitions, and a screaming infant. The ghost story is engrossing enough, but there are also two intriguing subplots. Charli struggles to come to terms with her mother’s new marriage, while Sophia lives in constant fear of being relocated yet again. The satisfying ending indicates that when it comes to family, each member is integral. This mistress of spooky once again delivers a thought-provoking thriller. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: April 15th, 2003
ISBN: 0-8234-1726-3
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2003


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