Monday, July 08, 2013

Name That Book!

Do you know the author or title of this old YA/juvenile mystery book?

I'm currently looking for a Troll--Weekly Reader--Scholastic book club mystery book from the late 70s to the mid 80s. It's about a girl who begins having dreams that something bad had happened to her when she was younger - like five or six. She becomes depressed and repeatedly plays Three Blind Mice on the piano, and when her cousin or sister (I can't remember which) goes with her to a small town nearby, the girl realizes she has been there before.

There may or may not have been a hiding place under the stairs where the kids would sometimes play hide and seek in the tea shop, which is her way of verifying to her cousin or sister that she had definitely been in the shop before.

A resident of the town, a man named Teddy (Ted now that he's older) has missing fingers, and the girl remembers that it had happened in an accident when he was young. Also, his aunt ran that tea shop at one time. She also remembers Teddy was mean as child, and that he had once placed a spider under a tea cup right before a group of ladies were about to have afternoon tea.

The girl also remembers that Teddy had chased her through a cemetery where the kids were playing. Someone had been dragging a stick along a slatted fence in that same cemetery right before she fell into an open grave, or off a cliff (or something), and died.

Basically, by the end of the book, the girl remembers everything that had happened to her and debates whether or not to confront Ted about it. I don't remember if she did or not. At the very end of the book, her sister or her cousin, starts making up a scenario in her head that suggests she may also have been reincarnated.

Do you know the title or author of this book?  If you do, please leave a comment, email me, or contact me through twitter or Facebook. I'd like to find this book so I can read it with Mini.

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