CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 7 . . . . October 14, 2011
The Waldman family has just moved from Saskatoon, SK, to Chilliwack, BC. Mr. Waldman, the manager of the new Chilliwack Safeway, is looking for an old home with many possibilities. Through a real estate advertisement, the Waldmans move into an old house called Amos Manor, a house that seems to offer endless possibilities. His son and daughter, Mark, 12, and Karen, 4, on the other hand, are not so sure about this old house. Before they even move in, they have a near car accident because of a crow. Then Mark gets pushed off the ladder by some invisible force. After the family moves into Amos Manor, Karen starts seeing spirits and having strange dreams. Furniture and other objects get moved during the night. And there’s the strange crow that keeps reappearing. Is it a spirit? Are there ghosts living in this house? If so, who are these ghosts? Are they the former residents of the house?
Mark is determined to find out who is behind all these happenings as well as the story behind Amos Manor and its former residents. Using his amateur detective skills and his talent in science, Mark sets out to solve the mystery surrounding Amos Manor. Will Mark be able to do it alone? Or will he need his family’s help to uncover the long hidden mystery of Amos Manor?
The Haunting of Amos Manor is a wonderful mystery filled with suspense and foreshadowing. Through Mark’s detective skills, readers will be intrigued in finding out the buried secrets of Amos Manor. As they follow Mark in uncovering the mystery, readers will also feel the tension and nervousness the characters feel. There's a lot of tension in the story, tension around whether to find out the past or leave it alone. There is also strain on the Waldmans who are intrigued by the secrets, but who are also scared about what such things as the crow and spirits mean and whether they will harm the family.
Alicia Cheng is a Children’s Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver, BC.
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