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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Revenge of Thelma Hill by Margot Finke



Fall is the right time of year to read Margot Finke’s spooky middle grade novel, The Revenge of Thelma Hill.  It’s a perfect harvest offering for lovers of ghost stories.  Agy Wilson’s scary cover immediately grabs you and pulls you in.  Let’s join in the hunt to capture a killer.

Frannie and twin brother Jeff have unhappily moved to Oregon due to Dad’s promotion.  Since it’s summertime, they’ve no easy way to make friends, and have some time on their hands.  What better way to fill it than tracking down a murderer?  There are a few problems -- the chief witness and victim is a ghost, and the forty-year-old crime was presumed an accident.  Such obstacles don’t deter Frannie James.

Frannie is the only one who can see the ghost.  She wants to bring Thelma’s killer to justice, but can’t do it alone.  Jeff takes some convincing to believe in ghosts enough to help her.  His computer “geek-ness” is truly put to the test.  These kids are strong characters with courage and determination.  We applaud their efforts though we fear for their safety.  

The story is exciting and fast-paced with realistic scenes of sibling disharmony in everyday family dynamics.  Can the twins set aside their bickering to concentrate on saving Thelma from a fate-worse-than-death?  Have they undertaken an impossible task on their own?  They can’t involve their busy Dad -- he doesn’t believe in ghosts -- but keeping him “out of it” complicates matters.  Other problems Frannie and Jeff face keep the story interesting and enjoyable right up to the climax.  In the end we finally get answers to Frannie’s questions about their long-absent Mom.  This is a most satisfying ghost story for ‘tweens.

Available as a Kindle book from: www.amazon.com 




14 comments:

  1. Penny, many thanks for the time and trouble you took to read and review my Halloween Special. It is actually quite by chance that it was published at exactly the right time for a ghost story.

    Readers might be interested to know that it is my first foray into self publishing - with lots of help from Awesome Agy Wilson in getting it ready to upload on Kindle etc. She also did the cool cover for me.

    The ghost is named for my dear mother, and has many of her wonderful traits - honesty, determination and loyalty. Mum would be absolutely tickled to know she is featured in a book of mine - title and all.

    Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques
    http://www.margotfinke.com

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    1. Thanks, Margot, you're very welcome. I appreciate all the help you've given me this my first year as a GAP angel. Wishing you much success!

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  2. This book sounds great Penelope. Thanks for posting it. Wishing you much success Margot.

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    1. Hi Susan, thanks for visiting and commenting. It's a scary fun read, and coming at the right time of year.

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  3. Hi Penelope and Margot. I enjoyed reading about Thelma and I'm curious how she gets her revenge. I love a good mystery and this looks like one.

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    1. Hi Barbara, thanks for your comments. This is a good story -- kids solving a mystery to revenge a friendly ghost.

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  4. Great post! Margot, your book sounds awesome.

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    1. Jennifer, Thanks for your support. Hope Margot has a lot of success with this book.

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  5. It sounds good, Penelope. I hope it sells well.

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    1. Thanks, Jan, for your comments and support. It's a good ghost story.

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  6. Ooooooo! I love Halloween stories and especially ghost stories. Thanks for this one. Such fun.

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    1. Hi Nancy, Yes, I enjoyed the brother/sister duo and ghost is appealing. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Hi Penelope, you don't know me (I illustrated Margot's cover for Thelma and am currently working on a couple of interactive books for her). I was hoping you'd email me as I have a question for you. agyw13 at aol dot com. Posted it in this format because of the spambots. I enjoyed your review very much and appreciate your kind words on my cover, thank you.

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  8. Hi Agy, I really like your cover. It's spooky and makes folks want to turn the page to find out what she's afraid of. I will contact you to answer your question. Thanks for stopping by.

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