Bella Baxter and the Lighthouse Mystery
Authors: Jane B. Mason & Sarah Hines Stevens
Illustrator: John Shelley
Publisher: Aladdin (2006)
Paperback, $3.99, 80 pages
Eight-year-old Bella Baxter is delighted when her favorite filmmaker, Mason Hawk, comes to stay at her parents’ New England bed and breakfast, the Sea Inn. Hawk is there to research his new documentary about East Coast lighthouses. When Bella learns that Hawk is interested in the Sandy Point Lighthouse, she decides to become a lighthouse expert.
With the help of her librarian friend, Trudy, Bella discovers that the lighthouse is said to be haunted by Salty Dobin, the light’s last keeper. It looks as though someone has been in the lighthouse recently. Has Salty Dobin returned to haunt his beloved light? Salty's journal will provide the clues they need to unravel the mystery surrounding the Sandy Point Lighthouse.
I liked the fact that when Bella wanted to learn more about lighthouses, her first thought was to head to the library rather than turn to an Internet search engine. Bella's thirst for knowledge and adventurous spirit make her a very likable character who will surely appeal to young readers.
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