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Haunting of Amos Manor

by (author) Richard Stevenson

Palimpsest Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2011
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


“An Old House With Possibilities,” the Real Estate advertisement had read, meaning, one supposed, a fixer-upper. For the Waldmans at least, that would be half the pleasure, for the house did indeed offer possibilities. The large upstairs bedroom, with it its big turret window, would make a wonderful painting studio for Mrs. Waldman, for one thing, and Karen and Mark would certainly have fun decorating their rooms the way they wanted them. For Mr. Waldman, a little rural respite from the duties of managing the new Safeway in Chilliwack would be just what the doctor ordered... except that things start to go wrong from the moment the Waldmans move in. Karen is having strange dreams and someone keeps moving things. Then there is the strange crow — some would say a spirit familiar – keeps appearing and disappearing at the most inopportune moments. Do ghosts really exist? Are the ghosts of the former inhabitants still claiming resident status? Fourteen-year-old Mark Waldman is determined to find out. A self-confessed science geek and amateur sleuth, whose silly sister is obviously just a nervous Nellie, he sets about looking for a scientific solution. Join Mark as he solicits the help of his family, and, yes, even the assistance of his nerdy sister, in uncovering the mystery. Some things never die or stay hidden for long.

About the author

Richard Stevenson was born in 1952 in Victoria, British Columbia. A prolific writer, Richard has published twelve collections of poetry (including Why Were All the Werewolves Men? (Thistledown, 1994), and Nothing Definite Yeti (Ekstasis Editions, 1999)) and four poetry chapbooks. Richard won the 1994 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for From the Mouths of Angels (Ekstasis, 1993). He is also the co-founder of Naked Ear, a poetry-jazz performance ensemble.

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Editorial Reviews

CM magazine highly recommends The Haunting of Amos Manor, giving it 3 1/2 stars out of 4."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."

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