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Book Title: The Haunted Mountain: A Story of Suspense|
The author of the book: Mollie Hunter
Edition: Harper Trophy
Date of issue: November 1973
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Reader ratings: 7.4
ISBN 13: 9780064400411
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.41 MB
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This is a book I read back in elementary school. I later remembered some details, but forgot much of it. However, I knew that I had enjoyed it and wanted to find it again. And finally I did, thanks to a GR group called What's The Name of That Book???
The Haunted Mountain combines a real geographic location, folklore, mythology, a good plot and some excellent storytelling.
Ben MacDhui is the second highest mountain in the UK and the highest in the Cairngorm Range. The River Dee, the Lairig Ghru (Gloomy Pass), the Lurcher's Crag, Braeriach and the March Burn really do exist. But they provide an excellent backdrop which proves integral to the story.
There is a cast of human characters: the stubborn but charming MacAllister, his lovely red-haired wife Peigi-Ann who has the faithfulness of Penelope, their equally stubborn son Fergus and the dimwitted but well-meaning farmhand Murdo. The Skeelie Woman, with one foot in the world of humans and the other in the world of Faerie, provides a unique perspective. And the faithful dog Colm proves his loyalty and worth by the end of the story.
There are also a whole range of fascinating and fearsome characters taken from folklore. First and foremost are the sidhe, heartless, relentless and crafty with almost limitless power to beguile and trap unwary humans. These beings remind me very much of the faery-folk as portrayed in the works of Susanna Clarke. But there are also other creatures, not least the Stone Man of Ben MacDhui, who can cause fatal panic just by his appearance.
The story has many features which make one think of Greek mythology. MacAllister defies tradition and angers the local spirits (the sidhe) by his pride and stubbornness. Despite many warnings he persists and, like Odysseus, he gains a victory which seems assured. However, he suffers greatly for his daring as do his whole family, and it takes all their wits and resourcefulness to survive.
There are good lessons here about persistence, love and loyalty in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The characters also learn the value of taking good advice. But these lessons are inculcated with humour in the context of a fast-moving and suspenseful tale that grabs and keeps the reader's interest right to the last page.
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Read information about the authorMaureen Mollie Hunter McIlwraith writes under the name Mollie Hunter. Mollie Hunter is one of the most popular and influential twentieth-century Scottish writers of fiction for children and young adults. Her work, which includes fantasy, historical fiction, and realism, has been widely praised and has won many awards and honors, such as the Carnegie Medal, the Phoenix Award, a Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor Award, and the Scottish Arts Council Award.
There has also been great interest in Hunter's views about writing fiction, and she has published two collections of essays and speeches on the subject. Hunter's portrait hangs in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and her papers and manuscripts are preserved in the Scottish National Library.
Her books have been as popular in the United States as in the United Kingdom, and most are still in print. Critic Peter Hollindale has gone so far as to assert that Hunter "is by general consent Scotland's most distinguished modern children's writer."
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