Quest for a Kelpie

Frances Mary Hendry, Author Holiday House $0 (153p) ISBN 978-0-8234-0680-7
With spitfire in her soul and a gypsy's dire words branded in her memory, Jeannie Main, 12, leaves home to go work in another household. In 18th century Scotland, Jeannie's red hair is said to have brought bad luck to her fishing family. Their fortunes do not improve with her departure, but actually worsen. Jeannie determines that she will find and ride a Kelpie, a spirit that appears as a large black horse; she could either be carried off and killed by the Kelpie, or live to tell the tale and have her dearest wish (for the good health of her family) realized. Hendry's classic adventure is set at the time of the Scottish rebellion against the King of England; it is a high-spirited mix of imagination and Highland superstition, with a sobering tonic of history. One flawnot the author'smars this fine story, which includes a glossary for American readers: misspellings, unindented paragraphs and other typographical errors pepper the pages. Ages 9-12. (April)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
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