The Phantom of Walkaway Hill by Edward Fenton ; Illustrated by Jo Ann Stover
New York : Doubleday, 1961. First Edition. Stated. Hardcover. 260 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. $2.95 dust jacket with shelfwear around the edges. Lean to spine. Fading to boards. Foxing to front and rear endpapers, as well as side page edges. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.
THE PHANTOM OF WALKAWAY HILL
by Edward Fenton illustrated by Jo Ann Stover
JAMES LITTLE-a city dweller with a strange tale to tell and a collection of "Wanted" posters from the local post office.
AMANDA LITTLE-a girl poet with a wild imagination and a temperament to match.
OBIE LITTLE—short on words, long on thought, a born mechanic who knew how to put two and two together.
DEE DEE LITTLE-a six-year-old spoiled brat with corkscrew curls and a knack of getting in everyone's way.
MAGGIE—a shaggy dog who didn't trust anyone.
WALKAWAY HILL-an isolated farmhouse where mysterious things began to happen during a long snowbound weekend.
With his usual sense of humor and flair for characterization, Edward Fenton, author of Us and the Duchess and The Nine Questions, brings to life each member of the individualistic Little family and effectively builds an atmosphere of suspense which is echoed in Jo Ann Stover's linecut illustrations.
As a former apartment dweller who moved from Manhattan to a rambling old farmhouse in Stanfordville, New York, Edward Fenton has experienced everything that the Littles did in their first days at Walkaway Hill. The wind in the pines, the nighttime creaks of settling timbers, the shadowy corners of the old barn, the eerie stillness of a snowbound weekend suggested the perfect background for a story, and it wasn't long before the five Littles and James evolved to solve the mystery of THE PHANTOM OF WALKAWAY HILL. Mr. Fenton, whose stories and articles have appeared in Harpers Bazaar, is the author of seven books for young people, and FIERCE JOHN, a picture book for beginning readers.
Jo Ann Stover, illustrator of THE PHAN-TOM OF WALKAWAY HILL, is now an author in her own right, having recently published a picture book for youngest readers which received excellent reviews. To capture the exact atmosphere of Walkaway Hill, she visited Edward Fenton's Stanfordville Farm and sketched everything in sight from the barn to the attic. Miss Stover lives in New York City and has contributed stories and illustrations to various children's magazines.
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