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The Phantom Cyclist and Other Ghost Stories
The Phantom Cyclist and Other Ghost Stories Author:Ruth Ainsworth "The Phantom Cyclist" - Roger and Sam, living in a small, isolated village, spend most of their free time out on their new racing bicycles. When they first meet Per, though, he either knows shortcuts they haven't learned across the marshes, or he's able to cycle even faster than they can (or both, of course). — "The Sunday Child" - Helen, who lik... more »es playing with her mother's jewelry box on Sunday mornings, likes the tiny turquoise ring passed down in the family, made for a child's hand, but she's only allowed to wear it on Sundays for fear of losing it. And sometimes, while wearing the ring, she finds herself in the playroom of a girl named Charity - someone else who doesn't have anyone to play with.
"Cherry Ripe" - Giles, sent to stay with his great-aunt in the country to get well after a long illness, is lonely - he's used to having his mother around, and even his two pesky little sisters. Then one day out on the swing in the gardens, he meets Caroline - a girl his own age who's also been ill, who always seems to wear fancy dress (but who's a bit of a tomboy for all that).
"The Whistling Boy" - Simon and his family have moved to a town by the seaside, and he's fascinated by the local castle, having spent his life in an apartment building. His new friend Julian and their gang tell him the story of a boy who apparently haunts the place, having died there in captivity, and the gang decides to sneak in late one night and see if the tales are true.
"The Cat Who Liked Children" - Prue and Adam keep finding evidence of a cat in their new house - warm hollows on pillows where a cat curled up, fine black cat hairs - but they can't seem to lure the cat out of hiding.
"The Silent Visitor" - David, Judith, and their parents are staying at a hotel for once when visiting the children's grandmother, who's been too ill to have houseguests, although they can see her every day. The parents are soon rather uneasy - every time one of the kids has a bad night (trouble sleeping in a strange bed or upset stomach), a silent woman settles the bedclothes around them and soothes them to sleep. But nobody came past their parents, or admits to doing anything...
"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" - In winter, Jane likes to hide behind the velvet curtain used to block drafts from the front door, and peer out at the reflections from the antique mirror in the hall. But sometimes it clouds over, and lets her see a boy about her own age being bossed around by his nanny. Then after she sees him carried into the house after a riding accident, stranger things start to happen.
"The White-Haired Children" - The village kids have noticed the strange family of white-haired children, all named for plants and spanning several years in age, who don't seem to have any adult guardians. (The village adults have trouble believing the kids' story, though.) William and Mary in particular make friends with two of the older kids, Cedar and Primrose, since all of them are first-class at sledding. Then one day Primrose asks them to a party 'on the other side of the hill'« less