A Shockoe Slip Gang Adventure


Author: Patricia Cecil Hass

Illustrator: Laura Corson

Three youngsters camping in the Great Dismal Swamp bite off more than they expect when they decide to catch the "ghost" horse running loose in the swamp.

Sally and Andrew spend practically every summer with their Cousin Anne on her peanut farm, right on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. This particular summer was going to be the best one of all, because they were planning to camp out with their new friend Robin, a Native American who knew the swamp like the back of his hand. What they did not expect, was to hear that a ghost had been seen in the swamp. Only Robin knew that the "ghost" was really a horse, and the three children set out to find it and keep it safe from the game warden who was organizing a search.

For the next couple of days they go deeper and deeper into the swamp, rich with grasses and animals, shadows, dark waters, and its wonderful, pungent smells. Their adventures — and their discovery of a swamp fire — is ideal for all young readers, horse lovers, and nature lovers alike.

From Books of Wonder: since the original publication of this classic story in 1973, the Great Dismal Swamp has been made a wildlife refuge!