Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn is a paranormal adventure for the middle-grade set.
father has the family gift: when he holds someone's house key, he can
tell them what might happen in their future. But lately he's been having
more and more trouble getting good readings. Spirit, meanwhile, is
preoccupied in her own grief: her dog Sky died mysteriously, and since
he was one of the island's despised wild dogs that Spirit had
domesticated, she gets little sympathy from the locals. When other wild
dogs start dying, Spirit begins to suspect that someone is killing them
-- but when a few village residents become ill, the local prejudice
threatens to overwhelm the situation. Spirit, with the help of a new
human friend and the ghost of her beloved dog, must find some way to
save the wild dogs and the island's residents from impending disaster --
all while coping with her own budding paranormal gift.
lot going on in this story, but it all comes together well. I didn't
feel like the mystery element was particularly strong, but then again,
the story is trying to do more than just be a mystery, what with the
paranormal elements and the dogs and all. I found it a little lacking,
but I may just not have been in the mood for this kind of story.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)