Parents and teachers will love.... The Anna Mae Mysteries by
Lillian writes with a voice that speaks to the rich imagination of a
child. A ten year old child's mind plays tricks. She fears dark
places in buildings where the grown-ups are not, because she
believes in ghosts and apparitions, and squeaking, creaking things
that could be a monster spider's joints. Yet, she yearns to find
buried treasure, or to make headlines in a good way, or to improvise
and solve a mystery. One example of masterly "childlike" problem
solving is the use of coat hangers as divining rods.... Dowsing is
such a cool thing for children! Vivid images strike a chord in my
memory, and linger in my mind of the phantom fist, the schoolyard
bully, the horror in the air ducts, the dusty, thirsty hard work
of digging in the fruit cellar... for buried gold. It's "real",
it's delightfully scary in the way of all good and gripping
page-turners, but it's not frightening. Perhaps Lillian's writing
is so believable, and so immediate because Lillian pays attention
to details - such as the ring on fourth finger of ghostly black fist.
Parents and teachers will love Lillian's writing, too, not only because
the children will be immediately engaged by the mystery, but because
of the tie-in with history, including Jefferson Davis and Georgia's
exciting past. Lillian Cauldwell is a splendid storyteller, and my
child and I are eagerly looking forward to the next gripping tale
in the series!"
Rowena Cherry: rowenacherry .com
This sounds like a wonderful book. I love a child's imagination and I love children's books that explore it. I am putting this on my Goodreads to read list.
I want to thank you, Lillian, for the great information you provided about yourself and your book. It was a pleasure being your host for the week.
To all my readers: Please be sure to check out the Virtual Book Tours schedule that I will be posting here this weekend. It will have all the guests and hosts for our December 01, 2008 tour.