Gr 6-8-- Like Radford's House in the Shadows (Holiday, 1987), his latest title offers ghosts, time travel, and an almost continually spooky atmosphere. Set in North Wales, the story centers around an old house, Crud-yr-Awel, Cradle of the Winds. Sian, an orphan, goes there to become housekeeper and companion to two sisters and their elderly father. A sinister room at the foot of the stairs bears a strange attraction for Sian, who also hears haunting music and feels presences in the house. By reading and mysteriously traveling in time, she eventually discovers the dreadful secret that the little room holds. The main characters in this story are really the haunted house and its former residents. Sian and her friends and employers are only foils for the ghost of Sarah Jane, an orphan who had been locked in the room and starved by servants who coveted her inheritance, and thus they are not as fully developed as they might be. The tone of the writing is oddly formal and may deter average readers. Another odd touch is Sian's imaginary friend and comforter Faraway, a spirit that she has invented to keep her company when she is lonely and frightened. He is described as a very real presence, although Sian acknowledges that he is only a product of her imagination. Since the travel to Sarah Jane's era is actually supposed to have occurred, the mixing of these supernatural happenings with the actions of the imaginary Faraway may confuse readers. A book that will appeal to better readers who are devotees of the ghost story genre. --Bruce Ann Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, N.C.