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Mary Alice and John Downie.
Scarborough, ON: Nelson, 1984.
93pp., paper, $3.25.
ISBN 0-17-602085-3. Nelson Novels. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Ghost stories.

Grades 4-6 / Ages 9-11

Reviewed by Carol Steedman.

Volume 13 Number 5
1985 September

Alison's Ghosts is set in a small Nova Scotia town where Alison and her family share a summer home. Early in the story Alison is given a pipe bowl which once belonged to the Micmac Indians. She is disturbed by an experience in time transportation where she faces the Shaman who is restlessly roaming the earth in search of the pipe's bowl and stem. Through a series of exciting adventures between present and past, Alison helps to resolve the mystery of the missing pipe stem and leads the Shaman ghost to final peace.

This novel is well-written with behaviour appropriate to the characters. Its large, well-spaced print increase its readability. The detailed pen sketches by Paul McCusker add a further dimension to the story. I enjoyed this adventurous summertime tale and recommend it for young readers.

Carol Steedman, North Ward E.S., Paris, ON.
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