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Six Haunted Hairdos

by Gregory  Maguire
Illustrated by Elaine Clayton

Published by Clarion, 1997
151 pages
ISBN: 0-395-78626-6

Ages 8 - 11

More strange things are happening in the tiny town of Hamlet, Vermont, where a smoky specter has been seen near the local quarry. The Copycats, a club comprised of the boys in Miss Earth's sixth grade class, are both frightened and intrigued by such a ghostly--or is that ghastly?--possibility. But newcomer Salim Bannerjee worries that he may be responsible for the apparition--is it the spirit of a baby elephant that followed him to Vermont from India? Members of the sixth grade girl's club, the Tattletales, don't believe in ghosts, and as part of their ongoing rivalry with the Copycats, they engage in some haunting behavior to prove themselves the smarter, or at least less gullible, sex. Only Pearl Hotchkiss, the lone sixth grade holdout with regard to club membership ("She was a rogue and a freethinker.") suspects the Tattletales are up to something sneaky. When she shares her suspicions with the Copycats, Pearl and the boys do a little digging and unearth a lot more than Tattletale trickery: Hamlet is being haunted, and it will take the efforts of Miss Earth and all her students to put the sad spirits to rest in this outrageous, enjoyable sequel to Seven Spiders Spinning (Clarion, 1994). CCBC categories: Fiction for Children (MS; Jan 19)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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