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I read this story in the mid 1980's. A young boy is staying with either his grandmother, aunt, some older female care giver. The shadows in the backyard are alive, and anything brought back there that throws a shadow creates a shadow object or individual. I forget what the conflict is, I think there's some kind of evil ruler of the shadow people.

Either a dolphin statue or fountain rules there. This book was awesome but I can't remember the title. I've done several searches online and have turned up nothing. Any information would be much appreciated.

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The Shades by Betty Brock, seems like it.

After Hollis washes his eyes in the dolphin fountain, he is able to see a special world whose inhabitants are the shadows of those people that have entered the garden of the house he is visiting.

  • This is it, thank-you so much! – Alisha Jun 16 '11 at 16:16
  • Of Course! @Alisha Allston, hopefully you can repay the favor by answering a few other people's questions. :) – DampeS8N Jun 16 '11 at 19:53

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