The Ghost of Dibble Hollow
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I have The Ghost of Dibble Hollow in a 1960s printing, which is when I first read it. I remember this being one of my favorite books as a kid, and I was very pleased to run across this very nice copy. Perhaps I'll read it again one of these days. I also have a 9-year old, who may enjoy it, too.
As far as finding these old Scholastic books, I've found a number of them at library book sales. It's always a pleasure to recognize a book cover that I remember from childhood. I've not run across this book too often, though, and I haven't tried to locate it by other means. But for those of you who have a fondness for these old Scholastic titles, I recommend having a look at the children's books at library sales. You never know what you might find!
I also loved Ghost of Dibble Hollow when I was a kid.
Unfortunately, my childhood books were destroyed in a fire shortly after I left home for college, and I have been perusing Ebay to try to find replacements. (Found "Ghost" The Peculiar Miss Pickett, and Mr. Pudgens.
But there are some I can't remember the name of.
Did any of you ever read the one that was set in Arizona, three teenagers lived in or close to the mountains, and there was the legend of a lost treasure. One of the characters was some sort of peddler type who went by the name of Candyman (because he sold stuff including candy to the widely-spread ranches in the area. Also, there was a legend of an Apache ghost, and at the end of the book, the teens are stuck out in a storm in the mountains, they think they see the ghost, someone is shooting at them, and a lighting strike or something reveals the lost treasure to their wondering eyes, only to have a landslide bury it forever moments later.
Familiar to anyone? If you can help me with this one, I have more. Does Professor Bass, a rocket ship, and chickens ring a bell with anyone?
The first book you describe is "Mystery of the Haunted Mine" by Gordon Shirreffs. It was formally known as "The Haunted Treasure of the Espectros". It follows three teenagers, Gary, Tuck, and Sue who are looking for the Lost Dutchman's Mine. There is also a peddlar named Candyman in the book.
The second book must be Eleanor Cameron's "Mushroom Planet" series. There are 5 books in the series: The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet, Mr. Bass' Planetoid, A Mystery for Mr. Bass, Time and Mr. Bass. A chicken is involved in the first book- the boys leave a chicken behind on the mushroom planet because the inhabitants of the planet need the sulfur found in eggs as a nutritional element and are dying without it.