The Mystery of the Midnight Dog created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens are visiting one of Grandfather’s friends in Alabama. It’s hot and everyone talks with a slow drawl. Grandfather mentioned that there might be a haunted house in the small town, but ghosts aren’t real, at least according to grandfather.
There is a ghost story in the town though, a ghost story about a ghost dog, to be precise. Years ago, when the town hadn’t been settled too terribly long, a random dog came into town. The dog hot to be known by the entire town. When someone was taken to the courthouse for a crime the dog would give one sharp bark, sometimes. Those times the person on trial would be found guilty. One day the dog started barking like mad outside the courthouse. Everyone ran out to see what the big deal was and the courthouse collapsed. The dog disappeared after this.
It was only supposed to be a story, but strange things started to happen. The Alden children saw what looked like a ghost dog floating across the grass in the night and all the dogs began to bark.
Was the ghost dog real, or a clever stunt?
What I liked
I like ghost stories. I thought the ghost story in this book was really neat. Animal ghost stories can be some of the best stories. This story has the hallmarks of a real ghost story and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if some town really had this ghost story in its local legend.
What I didn’t like
Why does Grandfather have to be so close-minded? Maybe ghosts do exist. I tend to think they do.
Ghost Dog–the new Halloween thriller. If you hear howling, it’s already too late.
Do you like ghost stories?
If your town has a ghost story, do you write it off as nonsense or embrace it?