The Haunting of Granite Falls
by Eva Ibbotson
If you have read any of her other books, you already know that Eva Ibbotson has a flair for turning nightmares into sparklingly witty,
heartwarming stories. Wicked witches and wizards, fierce ghosts, evil adults plotting against innocent orphans, and gruesome monsters turn
into objects of gentle irony, hilarious word-play, and outright absurdity. And some of them even turn out to have a heart of gold!
The ghosts in this story are no exception. They happily haunt a Scottish castle, until the laird of the keep an 11-year-old orphan named
Alex, who was practically raised by the ghosts realizes that he has to sell the castle. Parting from Alex is hard enough, but now the
ghosts have to find a new place to live. Snubbed by the upper-crust ghosts who haunt a nearby mansion, the Carra spooks return to their old
home to find that it has been pulled down!
Surprise! The new owner of Carra Castle, a Texas oil magnate named Hiram C. Hopgood, has had Carra pulled down stone-by-stone, shipped to
Texas, and reassembled there. He wants a safe place to live with his delicate daughter Helen but he doesnt want ghosts to frighten her.
Nevertheless, when the ghosts find their way back to their old home, they arent the ones who give Helen the scare of her life. Leave that
to a band of villains who are willing to rob, kidnap, and even do murder, to raise funds for a neo-Nazi political party.
By himself, poor Alex is no match for these thugs. But bring a family of faithful, Scottish spooks to Granite Falls, Texas, and then see
what happens! I wont say any more except that this is one of Ibbotsons best stories, full of danger and excitement and silliness and love.
It has some of her quirkiest characters, some of her wickedest spoofs (such as an audience at a film festival who cant tell the difference
between special effects and the real thing), and a very satisfying storyline. It also teaches one valuable lesson: it is not necessary to
attempt to make a haggis when entertaining a guest from Scotland.
Recommended Age: 10+
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