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    The Golden Day – Ursula Dubosarsky

    “The year began with the hanging of one man and ended with the drowning of another. But every year people die and their ghosts roam in public gardens, hiding behind the gray, dark statues like wild cats, their tiny footsteps and secret breathing muffled by the sound of falling water in the fountains and the quiet ponds.” Eleven little school girls are quietened by their teachers wish to go to the park and think about death. They do not like the thought of death but Miss Renshaw is in charge and they must do as they are told, just as she asks them not to talk about their meetings with…

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    Long Lankin – Lindsay Barraclough

    “Said my lord to my lady, as he mounted his horse; ‘Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the moss.’ Said my lord to my lady, as he rode away: ‘Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the hay.’ ‘let the doors be all bolted and the windows all pinned, And leave not a hole for a mouse to creep in.’” For years the children of Bryers Guerdon have been warned against Long Lankin, the beast who attacks small children who find themselves in the local churchyard. The whole story is thought to be a legend, a myth, but the adults know there must be some element of truth to…