Wilson, E. (1981). The Ghost of the Lunenberg Manor. Toronto: HarperCollins.
While on vacation in Nova Scotia, Tom and Liz Austen meet Prof. and Mrs. Zinck, owners of Lunenberg Manor, which Tom is certain is haunted. When strange events start to happen, the siblings’ relaxing vacation turns into a mysterious case for them to solve.
Eric Wilson was one of my favourite authors as a kid. I could plow through his books so quickly and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to the adventurous Tom and Liz. Wilson even visited my school once. That’s why I chose this book.
What I found out? This book didn’t measure up to my memories. Perhaps it was the book (and not representative of the entire series) or perhaps it was me. Either way, the book felt dated and unrealistic, which was a big disappointment.
I will say, though, that Wilson incorporates Canada into his books in an interesting and engaging way. It was exciting to read about places that I had heard of: Halifax, Peggy’s Cove, Oak Island, Lunenburg, the Valley, etc. And as a kid, I learned a lot about Canada, its places, and its history by reading Wilson’s books.
So while Wilson’s books had a great effect on me as a kid, I’m not sure if that’s still true for kids today. At the very least, this one (which is number 17 in the series) was a disappointment, giving it a 3 out of 5.