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Children's LiteratureA new baby brother or sister is on the way, their dad's car has run out of gas, and a blizzard is in progress—Mary Rose and Jo-Beth wonder if the night could possibly get any worse. However, that is only the start of their adventures. This delightful novel tells the tale of two sisters, who manage to get locked in a rather unusual library. The two girls are opposites: Mary Rose is responsible and down to earth, while her younger sister Jo-Beth is pessimistic, dramatic, and extremely vocal. Odd noises and the appearance of strange statues unite them, as the girls begin to wonder if the library might be haunted. Especially enjoyable for all library and museum lovers, Clifford's novel is a wonderfully appealing mystery that is perfect for younger readers. Charming illustrations grace the occasional page, adding extra life to the story. The lively narration could also make this a fun title to read aloud in the classroom. 2004 (orig. 1979), Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 8 to 10.