Gr 7-10 Fifteen-year-old Micki Unger and her mother are living in New York City for the summer because younger sister Beth needs special surgery. Out with her dog Jiggs, Micki has an encounter with a strange bag lady who seems to appear and disappearbut only to her. When other extraordinary things occurflocks of small birds act erratically, she explores a house along the Hudson River that was torn down many years beforeMicki realizes that she is in the middle of a mystery which ultimately involves two missing Audubon paintings as well as Audubon's widow. She solves the mystery but finds that she must give up her adored Jiggs to do so. St. George does an admirable job of incorporating details about Audubon's life and the New York City area (except for one instance when Micki, in New York City, sees a bald eagle land on the New Jersey Palisadesthe Hudson is too wide to observe this, especially without binoculars) but what should be a gripping ghostly mystery never really comes to life. The characters are one-dimensional, the budding romance between Micki and amateur photographer Bryan is unexciting, and the lack of suspense is palpable. Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, Conn.
So You Want to Be President? and the historical Turning Point series, including You're On Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt; Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln; and Take the Lead, George Washington. You can visit her online at www.judithstgeorge.com.
Judith St. George has published dozens of successful nonfiction books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning So You Want to Be President? and the historical Turning Point series, including You’re On Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt; Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln; and Take the Lead, George Washington. You can visit her online at www.judithstgeorge.com.