Saturday, December 31, 2011
Book Review of #4 The Ghost in the Bell Tower by Francine Pascal
Author: Francine Pascal
Publisher: Bantam skylark book
Part of a Series: Sweet valley twins and super chillers
Type of book: 1985, Sweet Valley twins, Sweet Valley, young adult
Year it was published: 1992
When the Wakefield kids are invited to their aunt Helen's country inn, Steven and Jessica are determined to use the eerie old mansion to scare their sister, Elizabeth, into believing in ghosts. But no matter what Steven and Jessica do, logical Elizabeth always figures out their tricks.
Then things start happening that even Elizabeth can't explain, and all the Wakefield kids are afraid that the inn really is haunted. Will they make it through the summer sharing their vacation with an unfriendly ghost?
As always the characters do not carry the changes into other books and they basically remain the same. In this one though, at the end, the girls aren't frightened as they used to be but it doesn't last.
Not everything has a logical explanation.
Its really unnecessary to read any other books in the series. Everything is explained in the book of what's going on and whatnot.
Francine Pascal (born May 13, 1938) is an author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of young adult novels. Sweet Valley High was the backbone of the collection, and was made into a popular television series.  There were also several spin-offs, including The Unicorn Club and Sweet Valley University. Although most of these books were published in the 1980s and 1990s, they have remained popular such that several titles have been re-released in recent years. (From Wiki.)
I probably have mentioned this countless times but this series are simply brain candy and that's it. The story is kind of tragic and sweet though. I've read Sweet Valley High the Wakefield family, and I wonder where does Aunt Helen come from? If you look at the family tree, there is no Aunt Helen anywhere on it! Also, its not necessary to read prequels or sequels since each is a self contained book.
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)