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Children's Fiction Fantasy & Magic

Animal Phantoms

True Ghost Stories

by (author) Barbara Smith

Lone Pine Publishing
Initial publish date
Aug 2004
Fantasy & Magic, Folklore & Mythology
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2004
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  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Feb 2021
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Kids encounter all kinds of animal ghosts in this spirited debut volume. Some involve pets, others involve wild animals, but all are based on fact and very, very scary! When a fishtank comes mysteriously to life, a boy struggles to convince his parents of the danger... The ghost of a dead puppy reminds a preteen of her special childhood bond... While on a European tour, a group of foolhardy kids chide the locals for their superstitions--only to be attacked by a swarm of ghostly birds of prey...

About the author

Barbara Smith was born and raised in Toronto and lived most of her life in Edmonton before settling in the Victoria area in 2006. Barbara is a full-time writer whose work is inspired by a love of mystery combined with her lifelong interest in social history. She has published over thirty books, twenty of which are collections of true ghost stories, including Campfire Stories of Western Canada, The Mad Trapper and perennial bestsellers Ghost Stories of Alberta, Ghost Stories and Mysterious Creatures of British Columbia, Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains and Canadian Ghost Stories. Barbara was also featured on the Discovery Channel's Hunt for the Mad Trapper.

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