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The Mansion, Andy OpelThe Mansion

An Old Winnipesaukee Mystery
by Andy Opel, illustrated by Karel Hayes and John Gorey

From the award-winning author/illustrator team who created The Witches and The Weirs comes the latest Winnipesaukee adventureóand this time itís a mystery! Join Jack, Franny and J.J. as they learn about how the lake used to be and Grammy tells them a spooky story about when she was a little girl.

Join Grammy as she tells Jack, Franny and J.J. a spooky story from her childhood. The kids learn about Grammyís grandmother, Gigi, and a long history of family adventures at the lake. Look for the clues and see if you can solve the mystery of the ghost in the Mansion.

Stilson Hutchins was born in Whitefield, N.H., and is known as the founder of The Washington Post. In 1885, he built a mansion on Governorís Island. After years of hosting many dignitaries, including German Ambassador Baron Von Sternburg, the Hutchins family sold the house in 1920. The house fell into disrepair during the Depression, and many people believed the place had become haunted. The mansion burned to the ground in 1935.

Look for the other books in the Winnipesaukee Adventure series; The Witches, 2011 New England Book Festival Gold Medal Winner and The Weirs, 2013.

About the Author

Andy Opel and his family have been coming to the lake for five generations. He is a writer, filmmaker and musician who teaches documentary video production and environmental communication at Florida State University. To see his other work visit:

About the illustrators

Karel Hayes and her son John Gorey have collaborated on many art projects from books to murals. The Mansion is Johnís second picture book and Karelís twenty-seventh. You can see more of Karelís work at

Ordering Information

Hardcover, $18.95, 32 pgs, 8.5x11" full color. Distributed by Enfield Distribution
ISBN 978-1-937721-22-0


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