The Ghost of Windy Hill By Clyde Robert Bulla

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    I saw this book recommended to people who liked The House With A Clock In Its Walls and thought, Hey, maybe we should try that book! Then, when I went to put away House With A Clock, I realized that I OWN this book! I have never read it, but I recognized it. I think it used to belong to one of my siblings, and my mom brought it to me a few years ago along with all my Dr. Seuss books.

    Anywhoo, we tried it. It was spooky, but not scary, and the kids liked it okay. I felt like it could have been fleshed out a lot more. None of the mysteries went on for more than a few pages, and the ending happens very fast. Cute for little kids that want a Halloween book but don't want to actually read something scary. Paperback This was my very first Ghost story I ever read and it was the instigator to my love for all things paranormal. Paperback Published ahead of my time, The Ghost Of Windy Hill has remained among my possessions since I was about age 7. Having transitioned to Nancy Drew, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and V.C Andrews a few years thereafter; I’m puzzled by 20 year-olds sticking to 'young adult' material! I must have been enchanted with the paranormal so long ago, memories of how this story went faded and I’ve enjoyed experiencing it again. The late Clyde Robert Bulla divulged information succinctly. He used no literary whimsy to fill pages. Moments of family interaction, environmental description, and contact with external characters directly impact the plot. The length is accessible for children but all of the action it contains was made to count.

    Set in 1851 but never feeling old for an instant, Mr. Giddings bought his dream property in the village of his youth; Windy Hill. Too uncomfortable there, Mrs. Giddings begs him to consult a professor Carver about a haunted house he once visited. If he could stand to stay at Windy Hill for a month, she might be willing to return. Lorna, Jamie, and Mrs. Carver are thrilled to exchange the city for a summer in the gorgeous tower house and forest, with plentiful rural amenities.

    This isn't a deep-seeded ghost encounter, nor is there time to build suspense. But something about Clyde’s protagonists makes you savour any mild adventure they embark upon. It is fun to watch Lorna and Jamie explore the house and acreage a bit and the remarkably eccentric neighbour, Miss Miggie, adds the most flavour of all. If there is any atmospheric spooky tone; it comes from the ink drawings of Don Bolognese. They are like no other illustrations and ooze into the mind like psychiatric 'Rorschach inkblots'. This is an excellent book for a youth to read. Paperback I read this as a child and found myself getting it from the library often. This is what got me hooked on the kind of books I mainly read now. Paperback Professor Carver once lived in a supposedly haunted house as a favor to the owner, a friend, to show that there was nothing to be frightened of. Now a stranger asks him to do it again. Initially reluctant, the Professor agrees and takes his wife and two children on a vacation from Boston to the countryside. The story focuses on Lorna and Jamie as they enjoy having their own rooms, explore the woods, meet some odd neighbors, and bake. Gentle and not at all frightening, this is an easy, comforting read suitable for all ages. The story is not the most memorable, but it is interesting enough, and I liked the positive relationship of the siblings and parents, who all get along and treat one another respectfully and sensitively. It is supposedly to be set in 1851 but feels later. Paperback

    Some people think the house on Windy Hill is haunted. Lorna and Jamie aren't so sure they believe in ghosts. So how can they explain the mysterious sounds of knocking, running steps, and tinkling bells? The Ghost of Windy Hill


    My mother got this for me as a child and this started my love of mysteries and suspense. Years and years later, she found it in a box and sent it me. I gingerly pulled it from the package and read it sitting on my floor right there and then. It's just wonderful! Thanks, Mom! Paperback We owned this when I was little. I never liked ghost stories, so I never read it. Too bad! It's a very short novel about a family that disproves ghosts and solves mysteries, could be considered historical fiction as it's a slice-of-life of 1851. Entertaining and thoughtful.

    Read now because I'm learning that the author has done good work; I'll continue to read more by him. Illustrator did well, too, and I'd like to see more of his work. Paperback This is a book I believe I have owned since a small child but have never bothered to read for nearly fifty years.

    A simple bit of children's literature fluff about a skeptical professor taking his family to the country to prove a farm manor is not haunted. Some mildly mysterious hijinks ensue, but all turns out well in the end.

    I'm amused by the major role the wives play in causing everything to happen the way they want it to happen while barely getting to appear in the story at all. The husbands get to sit around talking all the time but are shown to really accomplish nothing. I'm convinced the women had the whole mystery worked out in the first chapter with a couple of unstated glances and nods. Paperback Great read for kids during the Halloween season. There is talk of a ghost but the main story centers around a family moving into a large farmhouse for the summer and in the end helping several of the new people they meet. Paperback I read this as a child I think in 4th or 5th grade.....St. Joseph's Hill Academy...... anyway, it prompted creative writing in me and hence a writing assignment for school manifested as 'The House on Windy Hill' great memories..... Paperback