Grade 5-8 Twelve-year-old Felicity, whose only talent seems to be for breaking things, becomes a hero in her small seaside town when she rescues a young man from the ocean. The glow of her brief fame soon fades. Who is Albert Ross? Could he be a criminal? Did he make up his name from the chart of seabirds on the spare bedroom wall? To Felicity, who has read ``The Ancient Mariner'' in school, he begins to seem like a real albatross around her neck. Her friend Bony, setting out doggedly to unravel the mystery, soon has the whole town wondering. When Mr. Ross disappears into the sea mist at last like his namesake, they are no closer to the truth, but have learned something about themselves in the process. Absorbing in its very simplicity and small compass, this quiet but suspenseful story moves at a natural pace. The world of the little English town is lovingly delineated with touches of humor. Even the most minor characters come to life on the page. As in The Sylvia Game (Delacorte, 1984) Alcock uses a mystery to bring into relief everyday problems and relationships. Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
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