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Graphic of poster with photo of Jan Pierson, saying Most Wanted Calamity Jan

About the Author

Calamity Jan

 

Children's mystery writer, Jan Pierson aka Calamity Jan, raised three kids, authored five juvenile mysteries (The Carson Kids, Tyndale House Publishers, 1979-88) then went to college. After getting her BA in Psychology, Jan taught writing with The Institute of Children's Literature.

 

But a new adventure began to lure Calamity Jan away from the academics and back into the fray. Kicking up the dust and rubble in ghost towns of the western United States set the stage for her return to writing. When Jan walked into Bodie, a town once known as the wildest mining camp in California's history, she was hooked.

 

The words "Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie," penned in a young girl's diary, became a California legend and the title for the first book in her GHOSTOWNER mystery series for middle grade readers.

 

The Ghost of Nighthawk, Shadow of Shaniko,  The Haunted Horse of Ghost Hill and Ghost Girl in Car No. 9 followed in the dust.

graphic of book cover of Goodbye God, I'm Going to Bodie, by Calamity Jan

"Goodbye God, I'm Going to Bodie!"

Photo of tombstone in the Bodie, California cemetery - taken by Calamity Jan

When author Jan Pierson found the picture of the unknown girl from the Bodie Museum, and a tombstone of an eleven year-old girl in the Bodie cemetery, "Anna" came to life.

 

The words "Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie," were actually found in a young girl's diary and have since become a legend.

"I believe that Anna Louise Lockmoor will have a powerful influence on young readers as her strong and enduring spirit emerges through the words in her diary," says author Calamity Jan. "The unknown girl of Bodie will remind us of those like her, who, despite hardships, quietly made history and deserve to be remembered."

Meggie, Paige, and a kid named Johnny Downing set out to discover Anna's secrets, but the Ghostowners end up with a whole lot more than they bargain for.

Goodbye God, I'm Going to Bodie is now available through author Calamity Jan (aka Jan Pierson). If you're going to visit Bodie State Park, you'll find Calamity Jan's book for sale at the Bodie Museum. This book is dedicated to Bodie State Historic Park, the best preserved ghost town in the western United States.


Illustrated by

Kathy Campbell

Photography by Jan Pierson

 

112 pages

5 1/2" x 8 1/2"  

Usually shipped

within 4 days

Soft Cover

ISBN # 0-9721800-0-1

$10.00

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graphic of book cover of Ghost of Nighthawk, by Calamity Jan

Ghost of Nighthawk

Photo of abandoned Nighthawk, Washington mine

 

 

 

 

The freaky ghost appears to live on the second floor of the old hotel in Nighthawk, and Meggie wouldn't be caught dead up there if her best friend didn't need her help. Paige is trapped in an abandoned well, and Meggie must make a rope from the ragged curtains hanging in the windows and rescue her.

In the frantic process, a curtain rod collapses on Meggie's head. Stunned, Meggie picks up a crumpled note that falls out of the rusty old rod and finds the clue they believe will lead them to the treasure. In a race against time, Meggie and Paige follow the clues that lead to the legendary **Haggerty gold, clues that send them wandering through Nighthawk and the Similikameen River Valley.

But why are the pain-in-the-neck kid, Jay Paul Leeberg, and an old man named Julian Cooksey following them? When they find themselves trapped in the Nighthawk Mine, they learn the shocking truth about the gold, the Ghost of Nighthawk, and the old man. In a surprising episode, old Julian Cooksey finds his missing daughter, a child whose message had been hidden in the curtain rod forty years before.

Discovering the clue--and then uncovering Cassie's treasure--leads the Ghostowners and the old man to something far more valuable than gold. It changes all of their lives forever.

**The actual James Haggerty, involved in a shady mine transaction and scandal, asked to be buried at Nighthawk. Locals still search for his grave.


Illustrated by

Kathy Campbell

Photography by Jan Pierson

 

109 pages

5 2/1" x 8 1/2"  

Usually shipped

within 4 days

Soft Cover

ISBN # 0-9721800-1-X

$10.00

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Shadow of Shaniko

Photo of Shaniko, Oregon

The ghost town of Shaniko, Oregon wasn't supposed to be dangerous, but the howling going on in the old Shaniko School night after night tells Meggie and Paige otherwise. A ghost? They are terrified when threatening messages begin appearing on the chalk board in the school, warning them to leave.

In this fast-paced mystery, the Ghostowners find themselves being stalked by the shadow, trapped in Shaniko's huge wool barn--a warehouse once known as the biggest wool barn in the world. Teaming up with Gabe Stackpole, a Native American runaway from the Warm Springs Reservation, the truth begins to emerge from the shadows.

Caught between the ghost, the Bushtn, and the feared **Whipman, they realize they may have walked into a trap. The terrible howling returns as the truth creeps out of the Shadow of Shaniko.

An important multicultural message about color and diversity weaves its way through this fast-paced mystery in a natural and heartwarming way. And there's also an important message for young people caught up in the conflict of a broken home.


Illustrated by

Kathy Campbell

Photography by Jan Pierson

 

105 pages

5 1/2" x 8 1/2"  

Usually shipped

within 4 days

Soft Cover

ISBN # 0-9721800-2-8

$10.00

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The Haunted Horse of Gold Hill

 

The Haunted Horse of Gold Hill revolves around an orphaned wild mustang colt and the plight of the endangered wild horses of the Virginia Range near Virginia City/Gold Hill, Nevada. Why is the mysterious colt circling the tombstone on the outskirts of Gold Hill?  What haunts this small, wild horse that has been sighted in the hills for over a hundred years? 

 Twelve-year-old Paige, and her best friend, Meggie, are determined to find out, but a teenage drifter named Brooks involves them in an even more perilous web of high-stakes danger and intrigue.  This work of historical fiction found its heart and inspiration on a tombstone near Gold Hill when, on Christmas Eve in 1871, two brothers, John and Henry Jones, hurried out into a wild Sierra Nevada blizzard to search for their missing horse.  Three days later their father found them on the mountain, their horse standing over them.

 This fast-paced mystery, brimming with danger and plenty of Nevada legends, takes the readers on a wild ride back into the hills of the Comstock mines near Virginia City and Gold Hill to a lonely tombstone that holds the key to unraveling this mystery.


Illustrated by

Kathy Campbell

Photography by Jan Pierson

 

109 pages

5 2/1" x 8 1/2"  

Usually shipped

within 4 days

Soft Cover

ISBN # 0-9721800-3-6

$10.00

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GhostGirlCarNo9

New! Ghostowner Adventure

Ghost Girl in Car No 9

Was She REAL or did the Ghostowners just imagine they saw her? The legend saida that for over a hundered years the Ghost Girl appeared in car No 9 on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. But that was only a legend, wasn't it? Besides, the passenger car was on display at the museum now. Why here? Why now?

 

Brooks Jones saw her first. He could scarcely breathe at the sight of her, but when she smiled and spoke, he knew she was real.

 

"My name is Jennica and I need your help," she called down from the passenger car, her wide blue eyes pleading. "Something terrible has happened and you are my last hope." She backed up slowly into the baggage section of care No 9.

 

"Please don't go," he called to her, gripping the brass chain, his knuckles white with fear. "My friends and I will help you."

 

"Then follow me," she said., crawling into an old trunk and disappearing into a cloud of ghostly dust. "But hurry or it may be too late!"

 

 

93 pages

5 2/1" x 8 1/2"  

Usually shipped

within 4 days

Soft Cover

 

ISBN

# 0-9721800-4-4

$9.99

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