Lucy Dove by Janice Del Negro

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A deliciously scary, funny tale that begs to be read aloud.

There were stories about St. Andrew's, and everyone knew them-stories that said the abandoned churchyard was haunted by some fearsome thing. While many brave and foolish men had risked the dark of night to discover what was happening there, what they found they'll never tell, for none of them was ever seen again. But stories aren't enough to stop Lucy Dove. And they're not enough to keep a superstitious laird from offering a sackful of gold to whoever sews him a pair of lucky trousers by the light of the full moon in that very churchyard. It should be easy for a clever seamstress like Lucy Dove to win that prize. Surely the stories she's heard about the churchyard are just that--stories. Or are they?


About Janice Del Negro

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Del Negro is a children's librarian and storyteller, as well as the editor of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Leonid Gore moved to the U.S. from his native Russia in 1991. He has illustrated "The Sugar Child, The Malachite Palace, Sleeping Boy, Who Was Born This Special Day?, The Secret of the Great Houdini, The Princess Mouse, " and, most recently, "Saints Among the Animals" for Atheneum. He is also the author and illustrator of "Danny's First Snow." Mr. Gore lives with his wife and daughter in Oakland, New Jersey, where monarchs are occasionally sighted.
Published September 15, 1998 by DK Publishing. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Despite the rumors that St. Andrew’s is haunted by a fearsome beast, and despite the fact that those who have gone after the beast have never returned, Lucy Dove—a seamstress with her eyes on a comfortable retirement, and one cool customer—answers the laird’s challenge.

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how I strike fear in the hearts of brave but foolish men?"" ""Something like that,"" Lucy answers cunningly, ""They tell them to little children at bedtime, to help them sleep, you know."" Children's librarian and debut author Del Negro is equally adept at building suspense and maintaining humor,...

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