THE RIDDLE OF THE RED WHALE by Edward Fenton
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THE RIDDLE OF THE RED WHALE

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This is a sequel to The Phantom of Walkaway Hill (1961) in which Obie, who tells the story, Amanda who goes from one intense phase to another, and James Jr. spend the summer at Walkaway with a housekeeper. These youngsters are a very pleasant handful and at first they contribute noticing remarks about their neighbors, take a casual interest in antiques in this part of the world (Dutchess County, New York), and if the mystery seems to mosey along for a while, it picks up momentum when some old trunks and old books attract the attention of an unidentified stranger. Obie also collects jokes and riddles and we were sure he would have trouble distinguishing between a red whale and a red herring which he does, until the ""revolting"" DeeDee, the youngest in this group, comes home from camp and helps them to clear it all up. Funny, nice, natural touches throughout.

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 1966
Publisher: Doubleday