The Ghost on the Hearth by Susan Milord

The Ghost on the Hearth

Written by Susan Milord
Illustrated by Lydia Dabcovich


The Ghost on the Hearth by Susan Milord

In the summer of her twelfth year, a poor girl named Emily leaves home to work on a farm in rural Quebec. Besides cooking and cleaning, Emily's chores include, every night, scraping the candlewax from the family's big stone hearth. The farmer and his wife love Emily, but when she falls ill and dies, another girl is hired to take her place. Soon, a strange event keeps recurring in the farmhouse: Every night, the new girl, Jenny, scrapes the wax from the hearth just as Emily did, but every morning, the wax is there again! What is going on? The first night the farmer and his wife fail to solve the mystery. But on the second night, the farmer's wife snaps awake to find herself staring at . . . a ghost! In classic, supple prose, acclaimed author Susan Milord retells a legend passed down by a French-Canadian family since the 1830s. Illustrated with lively, beautiful paintings by award-winning artist Lydia Dabcovich, The Ghost on the Hearth is both a thrilling tale of the supernatural and an affectionate celebration of long-ago rural life. An activities page at the end of the volume invites young readers to create their own stories of the supernatural.


An adventurous new children's series. ...The books are rich with the sort of wondrous idiosyncratic detail that infuses so much oral tradition.

These stories are a valuable tool. -- Boston Globe

These stories are a valuable tool. --Boston Globe [Milord] unfolds the story through a cautious progression of page turns, steadily building the hair-prickling tension to an optimum dramatic level, and yet she skillfully treats each ghostly event with an air of calm that keeps the fear factor pulsating at a low pitch for younger ears. ForeWord These stories are a valuable tool. Boston Globe

About the Author

SUSAN MILORD is the award-winning author of eight books for children, including Willa the Wonderful (2003) and Mexico! (1999). She was born in Connecticut and currently lives in Norwich, Vermont. LYDIA DABCOVICH is the author and illustrator of The Polar Bear Son (1999) and Sleepy Bear (1993). She lives in Brookline, MA where she teaches graphic design.

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32 pages


Susan Milord
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Vermont Folklife Center

Publication date

31st July 2003



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