Synopses & Reviews
A contemporary, wholly original, spine-tingling ghost story born from pirate legend--think Pirates of the Caribbean meets Nancy Drew!
Vicki plans to spend her summer vacation waitressing at her father's seaside restaurant, Ye Olde Seashell Room, a must-see tourist destination with seashell-covered walls and a two-hundred-and-thirty-year old figurehead from a lost ship, the Storm Goddess.
But when the bay goes dry and the Storm Goddess suddenly appears, Vicki and her small community are thrown off course. Now the town's greedy mayor sees dollar signs from potential new tourism, a nosy reporter smells something fishy, and Vicki's haunted by ghosts! Can she, along with her friend Peter, manage to get aboard and (continued)
"Those who enjoyed Reiche's humorous Golden Hamster Saga will find he makes a dramatic departure with this novel set in an oceanside town. Part high seas adventure, part mystery, the story begins with a flashback scene of a New England woodcarver in 1772, crafting a figurehead for a captain who has just purchased a ship called the Storm Goddess. The way in which this craftsman fashions the carving contributes prominently to the plot, as the opening chapter hints. The next chapter flashes forward to the present, as 12-year-old Vicki helps out in her father's restaurant where the Storm Goddess's figurehead now decorates the wall. How these two tales join makes for some page-turning reading: the town's shady mayor is a descendent of that ship's captain, Vicki's father is related to the ship's quartermaster whose journal winds up in Vicki's hands, and who refers to some 'ill-gotten' gold. Vicki's obsession with the figurehead leads to her discovery of a crucial clue tucked inside it, and odd events result. The Storm Goddess itself winds up beached outside the restaurant, strange voices seem to emanate from the ship, and the whereabouts of 1500 doubloons come into question. Readers will root for this underdog heroine and Peter, the vacationing boy she befriends, as they set out to solve the mystery and put the ghostly crew to rest. Even if Vicki's other relationships (with her grandmother, father and sister) are sketchy, her friendship with Peter will carry fans of mysteries and pirate lore along. Ages 9-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Vicki planned to spend her summer as a waitress in her father's seaside restaurant, a must-see tourist destination w/ its seashell-covered walls, a 230-year-old portrait of an evil eyed sea Captain & the majestic figurehead from his ship. But when the bay went dry & a 1772 sailing ship appeared, Vicki's course was reset. For where the greedy mayor saw dollars signs & a nosy reporter saw something fishy, Vicki saw ghosts. Determined to discover the truth & to uncover old family secrets, Vicki, along with her new best friend Peter, must venture into the deep & believe the unbelievable.