The Haunting Of Smith Orchard
by Jimmie R. Pennington
Review: 4 Stars
A great adventure for young readers.
Strange things happen when Ellis, Wanda and young Timmy move with their parents into an old farmhouse and orchard. Noises come from the upstairs bedroom, and a picture is moved from an old trunk in the attic.
The kids hear a story from Joe, the foreman at the orchard, about Amanda and Eli Smith, past owners of Smith Orchard. Amanda was home alone when she fell from a stool while cleaning a chandelier and hit her head, and although she crawled out to the deck, Amanda died before help could reach her. Eli was left devastated, especially when he couldn’t find the special locket his wife had always worn.
Ellis, Wanda and Timmy are determined to find the locket that has remained lost since Amanda Smith’s death and, Timmy in particular, is convinced Eli’s ghost is trying to help them by leaving clues to solve the mystery.
They’re aided by Joe, who comes to believe the kids are correct. Joe builds them a clubhouse so the kids can use it as their headquarters. They hide their discoveries in it and plan their next strategic steps.
The days pass quickly and they become desperate to find the locket. It will soon be time for the three intrepid investigators to head back to school.
Do they find the locket and solve the mystery?
I can only say, you had better buy the book and read it.
I’d recommend this book to children who like to solve mysteries and who love an adventure.