The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House
Mary Chase. Alfred A. Knopf, $15.95 (128pp) ISBN 978-0-375-82572-9
A much spookier fantasy can be found in Mary Chase's The Wicked Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House, illus. by Peter Sis, first published in 1968 under the title The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden. Maureen Swanson, known in her neighborhood as Old Stinky, finds herself unnaturally attracted to the boarded-up, crumbling Messerman mansion. When she sneaks inside, Maureen falls into the clutches of seven truly demonic sisters who can twist time. Can an old leprechaun help Maureen find her way home?
Reviewed on: 08/01/2003