An unwelcome visitor appears in Green Glen in the shape of a charming trickster called Elswick Toope. He claims that he can rid the glen of the restless spirits that run wild and free, keeping everyone awake all night, every night. Toope is, however, the kind of person who is friends with everybody but loves only himself. Erin Greengloves is the only one who can see right through him, and immediately suspects that he’s up to no good.
But, who exactly is Elswick Toope anyway, and who or what is the peculiar travelling companion he calls Clock-a-Clay? That’s not the only mystery, either. There is also the appearance of a pair of wicked bogles to consider and the meaning of the little corn dolly to ponder. All this is before we encounter the enigma of Lily-in-the-Loch.
Certainly, Erin Greengloves faces a number challenges, but she knows what’s right and she knows what’s wrong. She also knows that she can rely on her Ma and Pa for love and support, and the friendship of Tom Moss, the ‘far-wanderer’ who always comes back to Green Glen.
This book is the second tale I’ve written about Erin Greengloves of Green Glen. In the first book, she faced down the rude, ignorant and destructive giant called Gunnar Lokka. Despite her young age (or maybe because of it) Erin was the only person in the glen to challenge the giant and send him packing.
Erin is a young lass who is very much at one with the natural world and many living things are mentioned in the pages of both of these books. For ‘Spirits of the Glen’, I have provided a last chapter at the end of the book that includes useful information about the birds of loch and glen, some of which are essential to the story. I hope that readers will want to know more about them, for the study of birds can be a very rewarding experience.
There are also words, names, and phrases that may be unfamiliar or confusing. Don’t worry. This is deliberate. It’s important to be curious and want to encourage curiosity. Having said that, there are some words that I just made up, but I think a clever person will know them when they see them.
‘Erin Greengloves and the Spirits of the Glen’ features several illustrations by the author. Book cover design, cover illustrations and featured background photography are also by M. Stephen Clark
‘Erin Greengloves and the Spirits of the Glen’
Publication Date: 27th July 2021