Children's ghost story.
Carol and her cousin Bruce don't get along at all – until they discover that they have both seen ghosts in the dark, musty cellar of the big old house on Parchment Street. The ghosts need help, and it is up to this twosome to solve the mystery behind the ghosts' despair.
As Carol and Bruce piece the clues together, they realize that these are no ordinary ghosts – they've been roaming the cellar for three hundred years. And three hundred years has only made their troubles worse. Can Carol and Bruce set things right again?
Patricia Anne McKillip (born 1948) is an American author, distinguished by lyrical, delicate prose and careful attention to detail and characterization. She is a winner of the World Fantasy Award (The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, 1975, Ombria in Shadow, 2003) and Mythopoeic Award (Ombria in Shadow). Most of her recent novels have cover paintings by Kinuko Y. Craft. She is married to a poet David Lunde and lives in Oregon.