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Ghost Ship: A Cape Cod Story    by Mary Higgins Clark & Wendell Minor order for
Ghost Ship
by Mary Higgins Clark
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Popular mystery writer Mary Higgins Clark turns her talents to the younger crowd in this picture book adventure, Ghost Ship. Her story - set in times past and present - is brought to life by Wendell Minor's beautiful seaside illustrations.

Thomas is visiting his grandmother who lives at Cape Cod in a very old house 'that had once belonged to a sea captain.' She tells him tales of sailing ships and shipwrecks. One day on the beach, Thomas finds an old belt buckle, that invokes the appearance of a ghostly boy his own age, Silas, once cabin boy to Captain Andrew Hallett, who owned the old house.

Silas tells Thomas of how a violent Cape storm erupted just as Captain Hallett's ship was approaching the harbor. At the same time, fire broke out and spread fast on shore. This gave a group of mooncussers their opportunity to attempt to wreck the Captain's ship and steal his cargo. Seeing what was happening, Silas organized village boys to thwart the evil plan.

With more text than the typical picture book, Ghost Ship - an exciting adventure that opens a window into history - would be most suitable for kids who are almost ready for chapter books, or for reading aloud.

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