Sharp Horns on the Moon

Sharp Horns on the Moon

by Carole Crowe, Doug Chayka
     
 

Home-schooled and far from the company of other children, Ivy Marie Bell lives on a remote part of an island off the coast of Florida. Hers is a lonely life until the day she finds a friend named Eleanor Moneypenny—a girl who died at the turn-of-the-century. Their friendship, as real as any among the living, takes them into a shadow land to solve the mystery

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Home-schooled and far from the company of other children, Ivy Marie Bell lives on a remote part of an island off the coast of Florida. Hers is a lonely life until the day she finds a friend named Eleanor Moneypenny—a girl who died at the turn-of-the-century. Their friendship, as real as any among the living, takes them into a shadow land to solve the mystery of Eleanor's death. What happens among the shadows when past and present collide makes for a ghost story of a highly unusual order.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cheryl Peterson
Ivy Marie lives on a secluded island with her fisherman father who is often at sea. Her mother died when she was young, and she is home-schooled by her Aunt Ethel. Isolated and lonely, her best and only friend in the world becomes a ghost named Eleanor Moneypenny. Their friendship takes them into the past, and eventually to the house with the red door. "Then darkness fell in an instant and a crescent moon with devil horns sliced through a night sky. The house filled with a haunting glow that drew me through the creaking gate, to the red door that eased open on its own." A haunting and eerie story about an unusual friendship, and how the past and present can influence one another. Though everything begins to make sense in the end, some parts become very intense and spooky -- not for the faint hearted reader!
School Library Journal
(Gr 5-7) Ivy Marie is a lonely girl who lives on the far end of an island with her aunt. Her father, a fisherman, is gone for long periods of time and still mourns the death of his wife. It's a very happy day when Ivy meets another young person. The problem is that Eleanor Moneypenny is an angry, unhappy ghost who believes that her own mother let her die in a shipwreck, and whom Ivy's mother had tried to save. Thus, the stage is set for a tale of righting a wrong, understanding friendship, and moving forward to face new challenges. The premise of the novel is interesting but somewhere in the middle it all becomes somewhat convoluted with too many different plot threads that don't tie together until the end, making the climax rather anticlimactic. Crowe's writing is uneven. Some parts of the book are absolutely gripping while others lack tightness. The strength of this novel is in the characterization. Readers will ache at Ivy's loneliness and isolation. They will be torn by her father's sadness and longing, and will laugh at the funny things her aunt says. Even Eleanor provides suspense and comic relief. An additional choice for libraries that have a large "ghost story" readership. --Molly S. Kinney, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Kirkus Reviews
A lonely fisherman's daughter finds a dubious playmate in this suspenseful ghost story, set in a remote corner of a Florida island. Missing her fisherman father, missing her dead mother, wishing she could go to school in town instead of at home, Ivy escapes her fussy aunt by swimming alone on Boneyard Reef. When something nearly pulls her down, she finds herself with a new and exciting companion: the ghost of a drowned child who calls herself Eleanor. No ordinary ghost, Eleanor can make cranes dance, turn solid enough to braid hair, and give Ivy the ability to walk on water. She's also moody and wild, leading Ivy into dangerous situations, showing a wide streak of jealousy, and ultimately demanding that Ivy use the power that summoned her to travel back in time and prevent the shipwreck that killed Eleanor and her family. Crowe cranks up the tension with plenty of disembodied voices, horrible visions, and disturbing revelations, then releases it in a snappy climax, sending Ivy back to save Eleanor's ship at the cost of a tumble off a cliff. She wakes in the island's hospital to learn that her father is at last buying a house in town, and to make a more reliable friend in Katie, a schoolmate-to-be who counts Eleanor as an ancestor. A strong novel, featuring an unusually scary, mercurial ghost. (Fiction. 10-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563976711
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Carole Crowe lives with her husband on a sailboat currently moored in St. Thomas.

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