Book linked to Everett Mansion lands on British listing

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BENNINGTON — A children's book centered on the historic Everett Mansion on the former Southern Vermont College campus has landed high on a prestigious book list in Britain.

"Lady Lucy's Ghost Quest," by former SVC President Karen Gross, was ranked fourth on a list of 21 books for children recommended by BOOVE - Books on the Move.

The list is for children's books thought best for learning about determination.

BOOVE — Books on the Move promotes reading and maintains and a wide range of lists [] of recommended books, including for both adults and children.

The listing includes a description of Gross's book: "Lady Lucy's Ghost Quest is the [fourth] book in the Lady Lucy's series about a multi-racial heroine who becomes a knight in the Middle Ages. In this beautifully illustrated sequel, Lady Lucy and her friends Dillon (the dragon) and Tapestry (the unicorn) travel all the way from England to Vermont to save a vacated but spectacular mansion occupied by ghosts. In a story filled with charm, humor and excitement, Lady Lucy demonstrates yet again the power of the possible, the capacity to find creative solutions to difficult situations and the recognition that what we fear might not be so dangerous after all. Join her and her friends on this amazing new Quest. You won't be disappointed."

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In addition, Dianne Sunda, founder of the International Children's Museum Foundation and a former instructor at SVC, said the organization is "placing as many of the `Lady Lucy Ghost Quest' books as possible in school libraries in both the US and UK."

The foundation, based in Surrey, England, was established in 2006 by Sunda. It raises donations of educational materials and professional teaching services of retired teachers.

She said anyone who would like further information should contact her via email at

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Sunda was one of Southern Vermont College's founding faculty members and later helped develop the school's liberal arts program as dean and provost. She has taught art in schools in the U.S. and Britain.

She also designed and illustrated the new Lucy book along with illustrator Georgia Hamp. Included are images of historic 27-room Everett Mansion, which was the centerpiece of the SVC campus.

What became Southern Vermont College grew from the former St. Joseph Business School, which was founded in 1926 and in 1962, became a junior college known as St. Joseph's College. In 1974, it became Southern Vermont College, a four-year liberal arts institution and relocated to the former Edward Everett Estate at the base of Mount Anthony.

The mansion was constructed by the wealthy businessman in 1911-14.


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