Books: The Haunted Castle

FIRST FAMILY (253 pp.)—Christopher Davis—Coward-McCann ($3.95).

For years, a weather-beaten FOR SALE sign has drooped dispiritedly in front of the big Victorian house. With its crazy turrets, towers and gables, the place half-frightens Katie Charles, a pony-tailed 13-year-old who lives across the street and pretends that the house is a haunted castle. One day the sign is gone, and a contagious whisper races along the sycamore-lined street that the house might as well be haunted. The first Negro family is moving into Sheridan Avenue in the placid Midwest suburb of Courtland Park.

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