LEO POSSESSED by Dilys Owen

LEO POSSESSED

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When a fatherless family of four moves into their late greataunt's old house, 13-year-old Leonora and her younger brother Rafe begin to hear crying in the attic at 3:10 a.m. Little Peta has matter-of-fact conversations with a little girl who says it's her older sister Etty crying. Leo, puzzled, sees young-lady Etty run off happily with a young man; but in another vision she sees Etty die at age five. The answer is that the grown-up ghost is only a would-have-been, but she's real enough to try desperately to take over Leo's body so that she and her young man can live for real. Owen tries to round out this run-of-the-attic ghost story by making Leo jealous of her mother's new boyfriend and upcoming marriage--and by tying this in with Leo's new surge of life after her narrow escape from Etty--but that just adds another unoriginal layer to the first.

Pub Date: April 13th, 1979
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich