BLACKBRIAR by William Sleator
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Blackbriar is perfectly eerie -- the isolated country cottage has a secret passageway, an unsavory past (it was used as a pesthouse during the 17th century plague), an eccentric neighbor (Lord Harleigh who's overheard plotting with the village librarian), and even a resident ghost with the delightful name of Mary Peachy. Philippa and her Siamese cat Islington both seem distinctly unnerved by the murky ambience, but her young ward Danny Chilton finds the promise of adventure analeptic (Could it be that Mary Peachy's spirit has a benevolent effect on him, or was it just that first kiss shared with mettlesome Lark Hovington down among the 17th century skeletons?). In any event, when the night of the full moon comes, and the bonfires are burning on the tumuli, and the naked silhouettes are dancing, and Philippa and Islington have been kidnapped, Danny is ready to act. Bolt the cellar door; watch your cat closely for personality changes, and follow him -- vicariously.
Pub Date: April 19th, 1972
ISBN: 076145585X
Page count: 226pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1972


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