The Legend of the Irish Castle created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens are in Ireland, in a castle, no less, because Grandfather is loaded as all get out. There aren’t many other people in the castle. There’s a couple on their honeymoon and the caretakers, but that’s about it. There are a few other people around town. One guy isn’t very friendly. The children start hearing rumors about banshees and ghost dogs. They see a hooded woman walking in the fog. They hear a strange noise, could it be a banshee?
The banshee’s are a problem because they often portend bad things. The Irish can be very superstitious. The Alden children aren’t familiar with all of the superstitions and make a few blunders as far as luck is concerned. The children start poking around, as usual, and they come up with some interesting stuff.
What I liked
The author did actually do a good job of doing research for this book. I am not familiar with all of the superstitions mentioned in the book, but some of them I am and the rest sound like a real thing. I don’t think the author just made them up. It’s nice that whoever it was took time to do the research. All that lore about banshees does exist and they are considered bad luck, or portents of death.
What I didn’t like
Why must these children get to go everywhere? Grandfather has got to be simply rolling in the money to be able to take this many people to Ireland to stay in a castle.
Maybe that scream you heard in the night was a banshee or maybe it was just a hold-up at the 7-eleven.
Would you stay in a haunted castle?
What do you think of banshees?