A Newbery Honor Book.
Greta had always loved the fog—the soft gray mist that rolled in from the sea and drifted over the village. The fog seemed to have a secret to tell her. Then one day when Greta was walking in the woods and the mist was closing in, she saw the dark outline of a stone house against the spruce trees—a house where only an old cellar hole should have been. Then she saw a surrey come by, carrying a lady dressed in plum-colored silk. The woman beckoned for Greta to join her, and soon Greta found herself launched on an adventure that would take her back to a past that existed only through the magic of the fog.
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It is during World War II, and ten year old Greta Addington lives in the small fishing village of Little Valley near North Mountain in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her father Walter and mother Gertrude. Greta has always loved the fog, and one day when walking in the woods on the old Post Road with the mist closing in, she sees the dark outline of a stone house against the spruce trees where only an old cellar hole should have been. Another time, a horse drawn carriage driven by a woman whom she later learns is Mrs. Trask, wearing a plum-colored silk dress, takes her to the nearby town of Blue Cove, where she meets a girl her age named Retha Morrill and her parents Eldred and Laura, along with a strange man called Anthony and many other interesting individuals,
Greta learns many things about these people and enjoys occasional experiences with them for nearly two years whenever the mist rolls in. However, Blue Cove does not exist in Greta’s time. She has often visited and played in that area before and seen nothing but cellar holes. What is going on? Why does Greta’s father give her such a knowing look whenever she wants to go out and walk in the fog? And how long will she be able to enjoy the fog magic? This Newbery Honor Book by Julia L. Sauer (1891–1983), whose book The Light at Tern Rock also received a Newbery Honor, is a gentle coming of age story with a fantasy like twist. One reference to tobacco occurs, but nothing else objectionable is found, and there is no bad language. It is an enjoyable tale that will especially appeal to young girls.