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    Mary Francis Shura(Author)

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Ghostly intruders, phantom horses, and hidden treasure on a windswept ridge turn out to be more than figments of an old man's imagination

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  • Mary Francis Shura(Author)
  • Scholastic (March 1979)
  • English
  • 7
  • Children's Books

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  • By Karen on March 21, 2012

    I bought this because my husband has been trying to get books for my daughter to read. She is not a reader at all, and we are trying to find a genre that she will read. Well, this was one that my husband liked as a kid, so we got it for her to read. My husband read the book in a couple of hours, and handed it to her. She read about one page, and the book has not moved since. the story is good, the writing is very good...just not her cup of tea.

  • By Mark Louis Baumgart on November 8, 2012

    "The Gray Ghosts Of Taylor Ridge" by Mary Francis Shura is an extremely short novel that starts out with the whining of thirteen-year-old Nathan who seems to dislike everything, especially the winter season, and his precocious little sister Nan. Nan is upset and depressed because on a field trip the day that this novel opens she had taken her father's treasured Korean War Army-Navy compass, and she has accidently left it behind when the trip was over. It's nighttime, cold, and Nathan doesn't want to go back to the field trip's site, but Nan badgers him into going back with her to retrieve the compass. While there, they encounter Old Boomer, an invalid hermit, Bubba, his Weimaraner dog who is his constant companion, and his trusty shotgun. Old Boomer thinks that they are the ghosts that he hears messing about in the woods near his home at night. However, waving a shotgun around does nothing to boost the children's courage and they flee. However, the compass is still lost, and Nathan and Nan go back in the daylight to look around, and, at their Dad's request, to talk to Old Boomer. When Old Boomer finds out that Nathan and Nan are the children of his friend, he opens up his house to them, and explains about Taylor Ridge's "Gray Ghosts". These are ghosts who are haunting Taylor Ridge and looking for Taylor Ridge's lost treasure. And then Nan finds that the compass is missing, but left behind in its place is . . . I found that it was hard at first to get into this novel as Nathan really doesn't come across to the reader as much of a likable character. He's one of those people who doesn't want to acknowledge the truth if it bit him on his bottom. He constantly and continuously derides and dismisses everything that Nan says or does, although it quickly becomes clear that even though she's younger than he is, she's just plain, out-and-out smarter than he is. He also does the same thing to Old Boomer, constantly dismissing everything that the old man says, inferring that he's nothing but a liar, and yes, Nathan ends up by the end of this novel looking rather foolish. If you're old enough to remember them, this book is written on the level of those old Walt Disney juvenile adventure stories. This is a book for the younger reader, it is easy to read, it has its share of thrills and suspense, but it never goes overboard with them. On the other hand, the novel is very old fashioned in that most modern juveniles have a harder edge to them, the sense of suspense would be a bit stronger, the action a bit faster, and the characters would be more developed, realistic, and sympathetic. Still, for those who like their books to have a strong moral sense, this novel has one, if, by the novel's end that lesson is rather heavy-handed, as Shura teaches his audience not to be so arrogant and not to automatically assume that everybody else is automatically less than they are. Back when I was ten I would have eaten this book up and loved it, but I'm not sure that today's kids would get into it. On the other hand, I think that it would make a decent movie, with the creepy dark woods as a back drop. And oh yes, are there real ghosts here? Read it and find out. I'm still giving this book four stars, because in the end, it also has six wonderful illustrations by artist Michael Hampshire, who also does the great wraparound cover. Hampshire earned the book an extra star, and younger readers just may give this book a higher rating. For this site I have also reviewed these juvenile novels:Alfred Hitchcock's Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries by Robert Arthur.Being by Kevin Brooks.bigfoot by Hal G. Evarts.Dead Rite (Point Crime) by Jill Bennett.The Ghost of Windy Hill by Clyde Robert Bulla.Jemma7729 by Phoebe Wray.Skull Island (Usborne Adventure) by Lesley Sims.Surprise attack! by John Clagett.Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.A Ufo Has Landed by Milton Dank & Gloria Dank.


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