the trials and tribulations of blossom culp...
i just finished reading a series of books starring Blossom Culp, Alexander Armsworth, and a procession of ghosts both past and future; "The Ghost Belonged to Me", "Ghosts I Have Been", "The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp", "Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death". written by Richard Peck during the 70's and 80's, these books were as funny and entertaining to read now as they were when i first read them as a child.
i love the character of Blossom, but i have to say that the book voiced by Alexander has to be my favorite, "The Ghost Belonged to Me". you always knew that Blossom had quite an attachment to Alexander, so it's interesting to see what he thinks of her. the progression of these two throughout the years is both comical and sweet, definitely a merging of brains and befuddlement.
what's also nice about these books is that the secondary characters are as memorable as the main two. who could ever forget the adventurous Uncle Miles, or tory Miss Gertrude Dabney, or Old Man Spalding who gets the last laugh? Bluff City, the place in which the majority of events take place is a town whose citizens are as different and as difficult as any you could find in real life. all of these books are going in the permanent "keeper" bookshelf.