Haunting in Williamsburg: A Ghost Story

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At first Jayne thought she was dreaming. Staying in colonial Williamsberg in a house one owned by her ancestors, She was used to seeing peple dressed in old-fashion costumes...but not in the middle of the night, not standing at the foot of her bed...

The trouble stranger was Sally Custis, a young girl who once lived in the house. She was haunted by a terrible wrong she had done over 200 years ago and she begged Jayne to help her set it right. But little did Jayne know when she ...

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At first Jayne thought she was dreaming. Staying in colonial Williamsberg in a house one owned by her ancestors, She was used to seeing peple dressed in old-fashion costumes...but not in the middle of the night, not standing at the foot of her bed...

The trouble stranger was Sally Custis, a young girl who once lived in the house. She was haunted by a terrible wrong she had done over 200 years ago and she begged Jayne to help her set it right. But little did Jayne know when she steeped among the dead in the darkened old graveyard, that a chilling hand of evil would reach out to stop her from discovering a long buried truth...

Staying in Colonial Williamsburg in a house once owned by her ancestors, Jayne met an old family ghost who was haunted by a terrible wrong she had done over 200 years ago and she begged Jayne to help her set it right.

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Jayne Curtis, 13, is spending the summer with her Aunt Liz in Williamsburg, Va. The resulting loneliness is familiar: after failing to speak up against a classmate who claimed Jayne's essay as his own, she's been ostracized by the kids back home for her supposed attempt at plagiarism. One night, Jayne meets Sally, a teenaged ancestral ghost who's been inhabiting Liz's landmark home since 1781. Sally, too, had mishandled a crisis: when her brother, Jeremiah, was killed while crossing enemy lines to run a secret errand for her, he was wrongly branded a traitor. Sally remained silent, and her death shortly afterward kept the error from being corrected. Now she wants Jayne to restore the family name; in doing so, Jayne puts herself in grave danger. The narrative is marred by mannered dialogue and brief time-travel transitions that come out of nowhere. Moreover, some plot elements are convoluted and far-fetched, even for a ghost story. The novel overall is short on thrills and unlikely to hold readers' interest. Ages 8-12. (May)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780785759126
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1990
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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"Jayne, we've exhausted all other possibilities."

"Be reasonable, honey."

Arms crossed, face closed, thirteen-year-old Jayne Custis stared defiantly at her parents. "I've been reasonable for five months. Now I want to go back to California where I belong."

Her father looked puzzled. "Why do you say you don't belong here, Jayne? Our family originally came from Virginia."

"They left, didn't they? Besides, I don't care about a lot of dead people."

"Martha Jayne Custis, you are being obnoxious," Mrs. Custis said. Her eyes narrowed into what Jayne called the danger zone. "I don't know what's come over you these past few months. First you crawl into a shell and don't talk to anyone. Now you're acting like a spoiled brat."

"Is that why you're sending me to live with a shrink?" Jayne shot back.

Mrs. Custis rolled her eyes heavenward, as if begging for patience. "Don't be ridiculous. Since you rejected the summer camps Mr. Howard suggested, your Aunt Liz is the only one who can help us on such short notice. That she happens to be a psychiatrist is immaterial."

"I understand Williamsburg's a very interesting place," her father said, trying to change the subject. "You might even like it."

Jayne saw this was a battle she wasn't going to win. "Okay," she shrugged. "I'll stay with Aunt Liz while you get to tour Europe."

"This isn't a pleasure trip, Jayne," Dr. Custis said. "Mr. Howard feels it's essential to field-test our language program.

"You know State Department approval is important to us," her mother said. "We've spent several years developing this system."

Looking at her parents' concerned faces, Jayne felt ashamed."I know. I am being a brat. I guess I can stand a summer in Williamsburg if Aunt Liz can stand me. When do I leave?"

Four days later Jayne was scanning the crowd at Byrd Airport in Richmond, Virginia. She felt quite grown-up to be traveling alone even though it was a short flight.

"Is someone meeting you?" asked the stewardess.

"Yes, my aunt, Dr. Patricia Elizabeth Custis."

"Would you like me to page her?"

"No thanks. Here she comes." Aunt Liz was moving rapidly toward her, a welcoming smile on her long Custis face.

"Sorry I'm late," she said, giving Jayne a quick hug. "Been waiting long?"

"No, we just landed."

"Good. Let's collect your luggage and be on our way."

Jayne followed her aunt's brisk strides toward the baggage claims area. Already Aunt Liz had scored a few points. She hadn't mushed all over Jayne and she hadn't said, "My, how you've grown."

"How many years has it been since we've seen each other?" Aunt Liz asked while they waited.

"You came to Palo Alto for Christmas when I was eight. That's almost five years."

"Goodness me! I always mean to take time off but somehow I don't. I certainly meant to get up north for a visit while you were in the D.C. area. Did you get your parents off all right?"

"Yes. Their plane left forty-five minutes after mine did. At least it was supposed to. We were pretty stacked up on the runway".

" How is my absentminded baby brother? Does he still jabber at you in whichever language he's thinking in at the moment?"

Jayne giggled. Her father spoke seven languages fluently and seemed to think everyone else did. "Yes, he does."

" Then he hasn't changed much!" Aunt Liz said. "He used to drive me up the wall doing that. Oh, here comes the baggage. Which ones are yours?"

"The two dark brown ones."

Aunt Liz deftly caught the spinning luggage and handed one bag to Jayne. "Here we go. Follow me."

In a matter of minutes the bags were tossed in her aunt's car and they were driving down Interstate 64.

"Do you know very much about Williamsburg?" Aunt Liz asked.

"Not much. Dad told me a little. It's a restored Colonial city. It was once the capital of Virginia. The College of William and Mary is located there. And, more recently, Busch Gardens,"Jayne recited dutifully.

"That will do for a start," Aunt Liz said, laughing. 'I bought you a guide book and a Patrioes Pass. The Pass is good for the whole summer. You can see and do as much or as little as you like. Did your dad tell you that a branch of our family lived in Williamsburg in Colonial times?"

'Yes. He told me he was named after a Colonel John Custis. And that you live in his restored house."

"That's right. It's the Custis house on Duke of Gloucester Street. It was a tenement house in Colonial days."

"I didn't know they had tenements back then!" Jayne said, thinking of the shabby rows of apartments in Washington and Baltimore.

I Aunt Liz laughed. "A house to rent was called a tenement in those days. John Custis never lived in my house but he owned the original. He did let our great-greatgrandparents live in it for a while when they fell on hard times. It rather pleases my sense of history to live there now, though it does have its drawbacks."

"I guess so, if it's that old!"

"Age isn't the problem. The house is very modern inside. But living in Colonial Williamsburg can get hectic

at times. We are deluged with vistitors. Privacy can be hard to come by."

Jayne's heart did a peculiar flip-flop. Just what she needed ... life in a fishbowl! Luckily, Aunt Liz didn't see the pained expression on her face.

" I confess I don't know exactly what girls your age like to do, Aunt Liz continued." "It's been a long time since I was thirteen. Besides, growing up on a Kansas farm we didn't have many choices."

Jayne dodged the issue of her likes and dislikes. "Dad told me about that. How did a Virginia family wind up in Kansas?"

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