by Mary Higgins Clark

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Set in Cape Cod, this imaginative journey begins at a modern-day beach, but quickly travels back through time with the help of a young boy's ghost. … Clark's talented storytelling creates a captivating link between Silas and Thomas that allows the reader to decide whether the tale is purely in Thomas's imagination or not.  Minor's magnificent illustrations give breathtaking life to the tale, particularly the wonderfully ghostly appearance of Silas, as he successfully conveys the feel of the time period and the suspense of the story. Ultimately, this intriguing balance and interaction between the text and pictures creates an outstanding picture book for roughly 1st- and 2nd-grade students, or younger children if read aloud.


The prolific author of adult novels turns her hand to children's literature with a ghostly picture-book story. …Minor's illustrations enliven the lengthy story; the effects of the ghostly figure, the sinister bad guys and the signal fires definitely help. His use of color continues to impress, as does his ability to employ unique perspectives.


The time-travel scenario is intriguing…as are the heroics, and children will like Minor's sturdy, richly colored artwork, which depicts raging fires, ghosts, and sun-dappled beaches with equal facility.


In her first children's book, a popular writer of adult thrillers and a familiar illustrator pair up to create a picture book that blends past and present.Minor's paintings are atmospheric and fetching.

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