Monday, August 11, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Secret of the Missing Footprint

December 1974 is Signet's publication date for Phyllis A.Whitney's Secret of the Missing Footprint. This is a story about Marcie who had to stay the summer with her aunt and uncle while her parents vacationed in Europe! She meets Timothy and he shows her the old quarries nearby. Soon some of her uncle's prehistoric rocks are stolen and they decide to find out who is taking them and why.

Allan Kass does a great job illustrating teens. I'm surprised that he didn't get more jobs after seeing all of these covers. I like this book with the kids sleuthing at the cave and the menacing house sitting behind them. Note that he signs this book with his initials.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Secret of the Haunted Mesa

Secret of the Haunted Mesa was published by Signet in December 1977. Author Phyllis A Whitney sets a story at a ranch in Arizona where Jenny and her friend Greg find an Indian boy who is stealing carvings and things from the ranch. When they inquire further, they find a mystery that is surrounded in the old Indian ruins nearby!

Allan Kass creates a scary cover for this photo with the menacing figure behind the teens who are out late at night sleuthing. I like the use of turquoise and the 70's feel of the clothing.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Secret of Goblin Glen

Secret of Goblin Glen by Phyllis A. Whitney was published by Signet in November 1974. Camberhill's one claim to fame was the unsolved bank robbery! Several generations tried to find the hidden money with the treasure map but all had failed. Trina was visiting and wanted to find the treasure to clear the name of an ancestor who was implicated in the crime.

Allan Kass illustrates two teens digging for the treasure in an eerie spot. I like the action pose of the cover and the expressions on the their faces as they check to see if someone is coming. There is an urgency that Kass gets across to the reader that they need to find the treasure and quickly!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Secret of the Emerald Star

Secret of the Emerald Star was published by Signet for prolific author Phyllis A. Whitney in February 1979. Robin Ward meets a blind girl named Stella who lives with her very odd grandmother and a mysterious lodger. Stella wants the lodger out but can't figure out his seemingly hold over her grandmother and asks for Robin's help!

Allan Kass shows our young couple watching a dancing lady on the lawn of a dark mansion. I like the Victorian mansion and the feeling of space as you see the grounds. Our couple are dressed warmly for evening sleuthing with jackets and jeans. It's cute that they're holding hands because that seems to give evidence that they care for each other. I also like the gleaming green glow that Allan uses on this cover which echoes the title!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Mystery of the Strange Traveler

Mystery of the Strange Traveler was published in May 1974 by Signet for famous gothic author Phyllis A. Whitney. Laurie and her sister Celia were visiting their Aunt Serena on Staten Island and were intrigued by the gloomy house next door. They wondered why Norman, the boy who lived there, was unfriendly and were trying to figure out a way to get inside the house!

Allan Kass illustrates our kids from the back as they sit in a tree and watch the house for clues. I like that he felt secure enough to only give us a profile of the girl and none of the boy! The house has some grand Victorian details. It's a great, imaginative cover that I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Mystery of the Scowling Boy

The Mystery of the Scowling Boy was published in February 1975 by Signet. Phyllis A. Whitney writes a story about Jan and her brother Mike who visit the Poconos over Christmas and are determined to meet their favorite movie star when they realize she is visiting also. However a mystery is swirling around her and her son who are determined to keep their distance.

Allan Kass was an avid skier, so he must have enjoyed illustrating this cover! We see the siblings on skis as they look down at a mansion with a mysterious person walking away from it. I like the snow covered tree next to them and their chunky coats and hats. Great cover!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Mystery on the Isle of Skye

Phyllis A. Whitney wrote Mystery on the Isle of Skye in May 1974 and it's the story of Cathy MacLeod who is given a letter from her grandmother as she leaves to visit cousins on the Isle and finds it full of mystery and adventure. Can she and her cousin, Don, find out the mystery and solve it?

Allan Kass shows our young people near a mysterious castle and ripe for adventure. I like all of the purple shades and the relatively few details of this cover. As always, Allan's people illustrations are correct and to scale.