Thursday, August 28, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: The Vanishing Scarecrow

The Vanishing Scarecrow by Phyllis A. Whitney was published by Signet in January 1975. Jean and her mother inherited Rainbow Island, an amusement park, from her uncle and they wanted to keep it running but someone was trying to shut them down by scaring the customers and ruining the exhibits.

This is a suitably scary cover by Allan Kass with the heroine teen  walking through a field of scarecrows and one about to grab her! It's closer to the adult gothic covers with only the heroine and the ubiquitous mansion with a glowing light inside! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Secret of the Tiger's Eye

Secret of the Tiger's Eye was published by Signet in October 1978. Phyllis A. Whitney pens a story about a cave in the garden of Benita's Aunt's home in Cape Town, South Africa. It is rumored to be the den of a ghostly tiger. Two boys make fun of Benita's imagination after she sees the ghostly tiger, but they all band together to figure out the mystery.

Allan Kass shows our teens entering the cave which is sufficiently mysterious to see! Our heroine carries a lit candle while an older teen watches from behind. We see a spooky mansion outside in the moonlight. I like the heroine's overalls and cute bob haircut.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Secret of the Stone Face

May 1978 is the Signet publication date for Secret of the Stone Face by Phyllis A. Whitney. Joanna Baird is wondering who carved the angry face in the rock wall of the hotel maze? She was worried that her mother's fiance, the hotel's manager, might be mixed up in this mystery.

Allan Kass shows our teens as they watch someone climb the rock wall. We see the hotel in the background and a beautiful view beyond. My copy, unfortunately, has a tear over the water but it doesn't take away from the beauty of Allan's work.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Secret of the Spotted Shell

Secret of the Spotted Shell was published by Signet in September 1974 for Phyllis A. Whitney, prolific author of mysteries. Wendy was visiting her cousins in St. Thomas when she got caught up in an island wide mystery about the spotted shell which contains a clue that Wendy is determined to find!

We get a glimpse of the Caribbean in this cover by Allan Kass. Our heroine spies on a pirate while she leans against a brightly blue house! I like the iron decoration and the houseplant details.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Secret of the Samurai Sword

Phyllis A. Whitney's Secret of the Samurai Sword was published in October 1974 and is the story of Celia and Stephen who are spending the summer in Kyoto with their grandmother. When they find a ghost haunting their garden they wonder if it is a hoax since it has upset their neighbor so much?

This cover by Allan Kass has an oriental flavor as we see our teens spying on the samurai warrior with the figure, the statue, and our heroine's outfit! Allan's children are always great to see because he has the ability to make them age appropriate in both face, expression, and size. I hope you enjoy these covers.

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.