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Counter Lightning flashed across the sky over Sussex Academy.

Rain pounded against the windows of the school dormitory, thumping like the fingers of an angry giant. Sussex Academy was very old, and its buildings were even older. Several hundred years earlier, Sussex Academy had been a private estate. Since then it had been turned into a very exclusive prep school, and many of the students lived on campus. The entire dormitory creaked and groaned, but no one wanted to tear down the beautiful old building.

A small group of students, mostly seventh- and eighth-graders, sat huddled together in the dormitory's dark and dusty attic, listening to the thunder rumbling outside. The lights were out. The room was lit up only briefly by flashes of lightning that seemed to lunge through the window.

Stink Patterson shook his blond hair back from his eyes and leaned forward. He whispered, "It was a night just like this . . . fifty years ago." He grinned. Most of the other kids were hanging on his every word, their eyes wide open.

Shirley Holmes glanced around the attic to see who was buying Stink's tale. Shirley was a pretty twelve-year-old girl with long dark hair and blue eyes that often held a look of deep curiosity.

There was Alicia Gianelli, Shirley's roommate on those rare occasions when Shirley stayed overnight in the dorm. Next to Alicia sat Bart James, who looked totally absorbed by the story. Of course, Bart was easy to convince of just about anything. Across from Shirley sat Molly Hardy, with her blond hair neatly braided and her nose snobbily stuck in the air; she was trying not to look scared.

Shirley looked to her left. Bo Sawchuk was beside her. Bo wasn't a boarder at Sussex Academy--his parents weren't nearly as wealthy as most of the students'--but he had stuck around to do some homework with Shirley. Obviously bored by Stink's story, Bo held back a yawn.

Shirley wasn't about to believe any ghost story without first conducting her own investigation. As the great-grandniece of Sherlock Holmes, she had learned that through deductive reasoning, many a mystery could be solved.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Schools Fiction, Extrasensory perception Fiction, Theater Fiction, Mystery and detective stories