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Os Filhos da Droga hLsWhere the author is most successful with Vanishing is in writing about Pia s scary first steps into adulthood Like the coming of ageeroines of classic fairy tales Pia s trials are courage testing self sufficiency building and life changing Grants uses these experiences not only to move the story forward but also to For Zion highlight the pettiness of Pia s school yard world and village life Like most YA novels the adults in the book are for the larger part depicted as self absorbed not too bright and lax in protecting their childrenMy niece thought this book was great She read it in a flash talked about it for days afterward and wanted to pass it on to friends Yea Iave to say that although I did like it while I was reading it after I finished it I was left with nothing Then when I discovered that Vanishing was selling as a YA across the oceans I felt duped I m not a part of that adult fraternity who are mad for YA books I need subtlety character development plot and writing that allows me to discover and interpret to be sated by a book So Why did Random House decide to sell The Vanishing of Katharina Linden as a Guilty Gucci hardcover adult novel in the US I read it and I couldn t tell you I m looking forward to seeingow they sell it when it comes out in paper When someone tells you that a certain author is someone to watch I always feel a bit wary I want to experience the same sort of love that they felt but I always end up disappointedWhich is why I m pleasantly surprised that I loved this book so much Helen Grant really brought forth an amazing debut and I can t wait to read from The Old Banyan and Other Stories her If she continues writing excellent novels like this then I agree with my fellow reader who says she is one to watchBut enough abouter what about مامان جون برای همه چی ازت متشکرم her bookThe premise of The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is fairly simplistic Children are disappearing in the small town of Bad M nstereifel and two 10 year olds Pia and Stefan decide to solve the case But in a town like this secrets don t always come out that easily and soon they ll find themselves discovering than just the killer They ll discover a side to their old town that they wish they never knewAdd in some family drama some supernatural and a town that truly comes to life with every page that you read and you ve got The Vanishing of Katharina Linden I don t really want to sound like a fangirl but this was the best book I ve read this yeareven though it was released two years ago Grant s writing style and world takesold of you and refuses to let you go until you finish the novel I found myself staying up late trying to find out what appens nextThere is a lot of great things in this novel but sadly it isn t perfect The mystery surrounding the disappearances is a bit predictable and while normally I d be bothered by this I wasn t ere There was to the book than just this mystery so you could easily forgive itWhat I couldn t forgive and what took me slightly out of the book was just one character PiaNow like I said before Grant brought flavour and substance to Black Chicks Talking her world and the characters are no different Each one felt real andad an air of mystery and old country charm to them And Pia isn t really any different She wasn t a bad character by any means it s just that she never felt like a ten year old I Build This City! had to constantly remind myself that she s just a kid because she sounded older I don t mean that she was mature She wasn t She did act like a kid andave kid ualities especially Cunningly Clever Marketing her dislike at being paired with Stefan for everythingIt s just that when I was reading the book I kept picturing someone who was eighteen instead of someone who is just tenConsidering the novel is told in first person from Pia s point of view it wasard trying to get over this and I don t think I ever did Despite this I this and I don t think I ever did Despite this I really enjoyed this novel and can t wait to read from Grant in the futureWould I recommend this Absolutely You can also find this at my blog Booking Rehab I was a bit late on the boat with this one but better late than never When this book came out it was very popular Winnie-the-Pooh however I didn t know what to make of the summary and forgot about it Then as these thingsappen a copy made its way into my bookshelf and I was finally compelled to open it From Germany myself I was charmed and excited that the book was not only set there but contained so many cultural references that were so familiar to me and a part of my own childhood Fortunately that is where the parallels between my life and this book end because as you might ave guessed from the title little girls begin to go missing in the small town of Bad Muenstereifel The story is told by ten year old Pia though she tells it as an adult so er mature and elegant language never feels out of place in the narrative Pia was a lovely clever character and I especially liked The Phantom of the Opera her school friend StinkStefan despite the unflattering nicknameThe plot is twisted and certainly reminds of Grimm fairy tales perfectly fitting the book s setting and I could see it all before me as I was reading so familiar are the dark German woods and charmingly gloomy Fachwerk cottages The story is not fluffy and light despite the fairy tale connection but much like the Grimm tales themselves dark and strange and not lacking the odd big bad wolfDefinitely a page turner and an author I will absolutely keep an eye onFind reviews and bookish fun at One word to describe The Vanishing of Katharina Linden EngrossingMy interest in this book was piued when I saw it described as a charmingorror novel and while that isn t totally accurate charming it is تاريخ مشروطه ايران horror it isn t I very much enjoyed the book Helen Grantas such an ease about 75 Glamorous Rice Dishes her writing that I find itard to believe this is The New Independent Home her first novel Her descriptions of Bad M nstereifel and its inhabitants are key to the book and provided most of the atmosphere I could uite easily visualize everything and everyone in this little town Pia was a realistic and relatable narrator who kept the story going at a fairly brisk pace Sometimes she used words that I don t think an eleven year old would but since the book is told by adult Pia reminiscing back I m willing to let that pass The legends of this small town are wonderfully interwoven through the story and add an extra element of childhood innocence to the book Some may find the mystery obvious or weak but I don t think the mystery is reason for this book it s Pia at a major point iner life with major events Kissing Galileo (Dear Professor, happening that affecter and in turn A Prince Hall Masonic Quiz Book how she deals with them Parts of the book are chilling light uietumorous thoughtful predictable surprising absorbing and but altogether it is a book that impressed me45 starsReceived for review through the Vine programhttpenwikipediaorgwikiBadM%C3 I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Grant s novel and it still Aga(c)Silas haunts me Wonderful creepy atmospheric mystery that would fit perfectly in the darkest collection of Grimms folktales Pia Kolvenbach is known as the girl whose grandmother sead exploded in a freak accident at the Advent Dinner table Advent Candle met Aua Net Crushing Low Stakes Poker hairspraythe rest wasistory with which Pia Disney Princess Learning to Count has to live every day When young girls start to disappear Pia ander trusty sidekick StinkStefan are on the case Two pariahs and the avuncular storyteller Herr Schiller explore the Ella, The Slayer (Serenity House, history of their village Bad Munstereifel through folk tales and gossip Eventually the I usually listen to audiobooks only when I paint or when I doouse chores Well I did not Modern Viking have enoughouse chores for this one and as I could absolutely not wait to get The Spirit of Intimacy hours on the following days I ended up listening to it sitting on my couch Iave NEVER done this before This is enough to say this is a real page turner you get the idea even if that one was an audiobookA friend of mine asked why I liked it so much It is actually ard to pinpoint apart from the fabulous uality of the writing that keeps you going with excellent andling of suspense Publishers Weekly description of it as a charming The Amory Wars, Volume 1 horror novel is uite fitting The tone of the book is very peaceful and friendly as Pia the narrator is a 10 year old sweet nice girl Theorror comes little by little with what she One Night with The Sheikh has to encounter but it is narrated in such a way that it sounds like folk tales than the stufforror movies are made of And indeed the book is based on Helen Grant s research on folk tales connected to the city where Pia lives a real city where the author Mismatch (Love Match, herself livedIave not yet read this in any other review about this book so I d underline an interesting theme that seems to me to go along the book ostracization Pia is ostracized by Family Wanted her school mates after whatappens to Keys to Tulsa her grand mother and the only friend she is left with is the most ostracized kid of the schoolis ostracization went so far as giving Secret Africa him a surname With whatappens between Crush (Awkward, her own parents Pia feels and isolated fromer own family as well Her father is German مهارت در بازی زندگی her mother British and never feels like fitting in this German city When Pia is sent one summer to England the ostracization followser notably through The Dragon in the Clock Box her mean British cousins There s a lot of ostracization going on in Pia s German city between neighbors with stories going back decades before and focusing especially on one strange character that 2 youngeroes seem to finally befriend but do theyI tweeted Helen Grant about this point and My Amazing Dinosaur (Tib Tumtum, here iser replyYes I think your view is spot on This is why Unshockable Hans is so important to the book because The Nazi Revolution he is one of the few people who does not let Pia down I d alsoave to say that autobiography Bloods a Rover (American Underworld Trilogy has an influence on the book I loved living in Bad M but on days when things didn t go so well I REALLY felt like an alien myself PS The original working title of the book was Unshockable Hans tweeted byelengrantsays on Feb 28 2011 My only regret is aving been mislead by the American book cover the British one is different with a black cat So all along I was trying to figure out if the cat was oops I will not give you a spoiler The cat does ave a role but not as prominent as the book cover would imply Never judge a book by its cover I knowIf you are looking for a good page turner I ighly recommend you this book I Don T Think It S A YA BookHelen Grant Has t think it s a YA bookHelen Grant as another book and are coming The exciting part is that she s just 2 years older than me so I ll Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet have lots to read byerFIRST LINEMy life might Arise have been so differentad I not been known as the girl whose grandmother exploded And Archies Americana, Vol. 1 had I not been born in Bad Munstereifel If wead lived in the city well I m not saying the event would The Book Thief have gone unnoticed but the fuss would probably onlyave lasted a week before public interest moved elsewhere Besides in "A City You Are Anonymous "city you are anonymous chances of being picked out as Kristel Kolvenbach s granddaughter would be virtually zero But in a small town well small towns everywhere are rife with gossip but in Germany they raise it to an art formOriginal post Words And Peace. Guardian'A strange Talk to Me haunting modern fairy tale' John Connolly author of The Book of Lost ThingsThe setting of the small German town of Bad Münstereifel in Helen Grant's debut novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is based oner own experience of emigrating there from England as a child Her other darkly thrilling young adult novels The Glass Demon and Wish Me Dead are also available from Penguin.
With all the ype surrounding the US publication of The Vanishing of Katharina Linden I was eagerly anticipating Helen Grant s debut Sadly the marketing copywriters are doing better work than the actual author and once The Tyranny of Guilt halfway through the book I found myself impatiently waiting for the completion of a book that was decently written but poorly conceived The publisher would do well to stop likening it to other works because not a single comparison pans out particularly the idea that the narratorere Pia Kolvenbach bears any resemblance whatsoever to the intelligent and delightful Flavia de Luce the creation of Alan Bradley If anything comes close it s the reference to the book Phantom Encounters having the air of the Grimm Brothers fairy tales but the real fairy tales that are frightening and twisted not the Disney fied versions thank goodness and yet one wishes that the real plotlinead enjoyed some of the imagination that the stories suggest rather than simply lacing Pia s perspective with the stories so that she might Eat Your Way Through the USA half wonder if fantastic things really are coming to pass In short everything that I read about the novel beforehand led me to expect something uite different and probably soured my reading experience as a result I found myself a bit annoyed in the beginning because of all this then was pleasantly disposed as I focused on the story but uickly grew annoyed again when the mystery worked itself out to be disappointingly predictable Grant s writing style is acceptable if not particularly noteworthy butad it not been for the author stumbling onto the legends of this particular German town and retelling them My Dirty Janitor Book 4 here I wouldave found the whole thing very dull indeed The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is set in the late 1990s and I started the novel feeling surprised as nothing I Stories from Spain / Historias de España had read seemed toint at the modern time period Also surprising was the fact that since the author s European location is Spanish-American Short Stories / Cuentos hispanoamericanos hyped I expected a translated work and was a bit thrown by the ridiculous abundance of German words purposely inserted into the English text I feared that this would be the only consistent way to tell that the story was set in Germany and not simply any old European town with aistory rich in folklore but there are enough subtle differences of to make this somewhat unfounded and of course there s the occasional awkward reference to Nazis and the war There s a glossary in the back of the book but it s rather unnecessary once one accepts the presence of the liberal scattering of German words Needless to say the author is English and simply moved to the Continent with Broken Bear her family and actually lived in the town where the book is set as a matter of fact but I can t see any townspeople thankinger for putting their location on the map if it s to do with the abduction of little girls Bad M nstereifel is a small German Enna Burning hamlet filled with people who like to gossip and since everyone knows everyone and often knows everything about them for several generations back few things are ever forgotten What our ten year old narrator Pia Kolvenbach would like everyone to forget is the unfortunate incident ofer grandmother s demise which involved an Advent wreath a match and an abundance of Hatter hairspray As a result Pia is the girl whose grandmother exploded and even if it isn t true she technically died from aeart attack as a result of the surprise of going up in flames at the dining table it s the thing Pia will be known as to the rest of the town s inhabitants particularly the nasty school children After this Pia can only claim to ave one friend the class pariah known as StinkStefan and even aving this one friend is enough to make Pia depressed if she s sunk so low as to need Stefan s companionship Thankfully Stefan s unfortunate moniker is a result of Wayne his tendency to linger like a bad smell rather than from any odor emanating fromis personage Pia The Perfect Resume herself is the daughter of a German man and an English woman a first of two progeny from very tense marriage that is clearlyeading for divorce from the get go Side note they re also terrible parents Pia s little brother is a baby and given little attention from the narrator Neither parent seems to make any attempt to connect with their first born and the entirety of their parental concern is expressed in forbidding Pia to go places so she can be safe in the The Centurion Code houseWell if gossip is what the town wants then that s certainly what it gets Katharina Linden a little girl nearly the same age as Pia disappears in the middle of a townoliday celebration where children dressed in costume The little girl dressed as Snow White simply vanished without a trace and the town can find no sign of Antropologia da Criança her Immediately the other children in town feel the repercussions as parents go into overdrive to keep their children indoors and away from whoever or whatever snatched up Katharina Linden Pia and Stefan are about as interested as anyone in the missing girl and mention as much to their elderly friend Herr Schiller a kindly grandfather figure who Pia used to visit wither grandmother and now continues to visit on Air Terisak Membelah Batu her own and with Stefan The allure of Herr Schiller rests in the fact thate treats children like intelligent beings and Canned has a never ending supply of stories derived from the fantastic folklore of the area Unfortunately Herr Schiller only seems tired when they try to discuss Katharina s disappearance and then the children learn that this is due to the fact that Herr Schiller oncead a daughter named Gertrud who disappeared years ago in another instance where young girls went missing The town is inclined to point its finger towards local recluse Herr D ster Herr Schiller s estranged brother Frau Kessel one of the old women in the town with a reputation for knowing everything tells Pia and Stefan that in their youth both brothers fought over the same woman and Herr Schiller won only to GIFTED--2005 POETRY COLLECTION haveer die of illness during the war and then ave is daughter stolen and murdered by a jealous brother Of course this is just Lisa and David Today her suspicion but in a town where gossip is enough to condemn you it was only the fact that Herr Schiller did not give credit to this theory that kept Herr D ster from real blame Three girls went missing then and girls will go missing in the present time before Pia and Stefan ultimately play a role in solving the mystery At least the author is not unaware of the danger facing young children as they attempt to solve a crime and adults aren t always as inept as they can sometimes be depicted Herr Schiller continues to scare the daylights out of Pia and Stefan withis wonderful stories which are indeed uite interesting and the kids try to survive school and their ome lives turning to "THE MYSTERY AS A THING THAT "mystery as a thing that can work on together At one point in the novel Pia is sent off to spend part of the summer with er grandmother in England enduring cruel cousins and intense boredom before she starts realizing that perhaps this trip wasn t just to keep Dvorak Keyboard her safe from whatever is snatching children iner The Muslim Masquerade hometown but perhaps the move might be permanent aser parents continue to feud Ultimately while I was disappointed with the novel as a whole there were elements of Grant s writing that I enjoyed and I ope will serve as the cornerstones of er future work so she might improve though if she continues to write books with this mystery edge to them I m not sure I ll bother much as the uestion of who or what kidnapped the little girls was easy for the reader to decipher from the beginning I also like the fact that the story is essentially told by Pia looking back on this time of er Life With A Few with a few worth of distance so that occasionally she might note things she adn t realized at the time mostly dealing with the motivations of adults that don t make sense to children Of course what I particularly liked about this was the fact that adult Pia didn t feel the need to necessarily spell these things out In all I wasn t delighted with The Vanishing of Katharina Linden but I did see some promise in Helen Grant that I The Book of Revelation hope stretches beyond the creativity of the folklore that was the truly delightful part of this novel to carryer through the next few novels that Delacorte eagerly snapped up according to the ARC Ten year old Pia Kolvenbach is known at school as the girl whose grandmother blew up Far from showing any sympathy to a girl whose Oma died on Christmas Day Pia endures taunts and the sudden absence of Naughty Bedtime Stories (Naughty Bedtime Series Book 2) her friends The only person iner class brave enough to sit next to Practical Prinkery her in case it s catching is StinkStefanimself the most unpopular boy Pia becomes friends with The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 87) him by dint ofim following The Art of Not Breathing her around and because there s no one elseWhen Katharina Linden goes missing at Karneval just vanishes it seems there one minute gone the next Piaopes that the gossipy small town of Bad M nstereifel will finally Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (Annie Graceland Mystery have something new to talk about Unfortunately not Not even when a second and then a third little girl vanishes does Pia cease to be ridiculed byer classmates But she s got important things to think about now she and StinkStefan ave their own theories about the missing girls partly inspired by the scary stories old Herr Schiller tells them over incredibly thick strong coffee As the two children embark on their own investigation they draw ever closer to the adult world as they stumble innocently onto the truthGrant is originally British lived for a time in Bad M nstereifel and now lives in Brussels Belgium I don t know that I took Pia s mother to be representative of Grant but I could definitely
See Her Sympathising Andher sympathising and able to write the character and er growing pissed off edness uite easily With Pia looking on slow to understand the arguments between er German father and English mother er mother s growing Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, hatred for this small town the small minded gossip and the growing danger thater own daughter could very well be next it all felt very real I wanted to read a born and bred German author for this challenge but I Akshyay Mulberry Vol.One had recentlyeard about this book through Alex and really wanted to read it without looking into where the author was from I Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas have mixed feelings about this book On the oneand I thought it was very finely written with an interesting mix of old and new blending Devils Gate history and gothicorror stories with a realistic family life On the other The Old Myers Place (Halloween, hand Iad trouble with the prose itself it s articulate it s intelligent it s very fine but this relatively short novel took me uite a while to read because I couldn t sink into it There was always this short brick wall between me and it that I stumbled against or a strong Witcheskin hand pushing against my chestolding me back from connecting with it It s one of those cases where an author s style just didn t click with your brain it appensI still enjoyed the book but part of the problem was Pia I don t know whether it s just the way she s written or because she s ten and then eleven but I struggled. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal Helen Grant's first teen novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden follows a misfit teenager as she attempts to unravel the mystery of several strange disappearances in the small town of Bad Münstereifel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden bridges the world of the traditional Grimm fairytale with the darker world of Angela Carter's adult fairytalesOn the day Kathari.
Summary The Vanishing of Katharina LindenWith er narrative voice Pia is telling the story as an older teen about 17 looking back on this time in er life so you can forgive the mature narration for that fact The scattering of German words throughout is explained at the very end when the older Pia mentions that she can t remember much German any only odd words and phrases I found this to be incredibly sad for Pia I didn t realise there was a glossary at the back until I was alfway through because it was buried under sample chapters from Me Write Book her new book that looked to be the end of this one and I don t read the end of a book first ever that wouldave been Cosmological Enigmas helpful to know about earlierThe book is set in 1999 before mobile phones and the internet as in before the internet was what it is today back then there was very little on it and it was pretty useless and with the uaint setting with its old world charm and all the old ghost stories itas the feel of an older place an older story When Pia leaves Germany for a summer At Hells Gate holiday visit wither gran in Middlesex England it s almost like a jolt it s easy to forget that while all this is going on in Bad M nstereifel the rest of the world is still out there and it s a different place in many ways The town an old Never Goodbye (Albany Boys, historic spa town that looks very picturesue I looked it up is very much a character in its own right one that Pia feels very attached to even if sheates that everyone knows each other and each other s business Which leads me to gossip gossip is a character too perhaps captured best by Frau Kessel the biggest busybody of all the busybodies who takes a kind of cruel pleasure in knowing everything and being able to dangle things in front of people But she s not the only old biddy spy in the town In fact this is a story between the children in the town and the old people The past clashing with the present The young adults the parents anyone else they re barely present remaining on the periphery of the action It is very much a world seen through the eyes of a childThis is also a kind of gothic orror novel Sprinkled with juicy ghost stories told to Pia and Stefan by their 80 year old friend Herr Schiller it also as something of a nail biting climax It s a lengthy detailed ending that got a bit too long and overly detailed and while I could totally understand eleven year old Pia s inability to reconcile Hunted by Herne (Otherkind Kink: Horned Gods, her understanding of a person with a new truth she did get annoyingly dense and behaved increasingly foolish I think that captures my problem with Pia I never really felt like I knewer or understood Lady Lorena’s Spinster’s Society her so I wasn t very sympathetic towardser behaviour I would sometimes forget she was a child because of the sophisticated prose and then be jarringly reminded by On the First Night of Christmas her childish reactions or self absorbed dismissal of others Because Pia narrates it got confusingThe ending was unsatisfactory in another sense it wraps up fairly uickly after the climax which is fine but like the selfish younger Pia older Pia tells us nothing about Stefan whether she still talks toim or what and we don t know anything about P.S. Im Pregnant her father orer mother and brother or Tigress for Two (Alaskan Tigers, how it s going in England all things that wouldave Cult Science Fiction Films helped solidify Pia s character andelped with context And my curiosity After all why write a mystery and then leave readers Crime and Punishment hanging on such simple uestionsThe Vanishing of Katharina Linden isn t really about little girls disappearing or crime or mystery or acting detective It s a coming of age story than anything else a story of being a child in a town of mystery ghosts and a poorly buried past Itas atmosphere but where it lost me was in the sense of the tourist Because Grant isn t a native German there s always to explain the German way Helpful yes but it also came across as a bit condescending I could explain it away by reminding myself again that Pia is narrating this from England where she s been living in the interim but you don t know that until the end and it doesn t change the fact that reading this made me feel like a tourist I wanted to vicariously visit Germany yes but not Sailor Moon Episode Lists have attention drawn to that factSo like I said Iave mixed feelings about this book Do I recommend it Sure especially if you like stories about child sleuths or nosy would be sleuths as the case is and ghost stories If you like murder mysteries that are clever and unpredictable this probably won t satisfy you it doesn t bother with that side of things since a whodunnit is secondary to Pia s personal story But if nothing else it brought to life a small old town in the mountains of Germany and I would very much like to see it I picked up this book simply because of the cover design Yes yes I know Don t judge a book by its cover But guess what That s what I do 9 times out of 10 Sue me I m a designer It s what I notice first often than notThis is a great coming of age story about a young German girl well Attentions Throbbing half Germanalf British who lives in a town going through a bit of a crime spree Which is to say several missing children Little girls snatched up from underneath everybody s watchful eyes This being a very small town these kidnappings are most disturbing Gossip and suspicion aboundAnybody who s ever lived in a small town can certainly appreciate this book as the reactions to the kidnappings occur in such a realistic way You can easily imagine your neighbors acting in just the same way in your own small town were something so awful to occur But what was so particularly interesting about this book is not just that it shows a realistic portrayal of a town and family ripped apart by a series of terrible events but that it s told from the perspective of a childChildren Dark Reflections (Dark Reflections, have a special way of seeing things it s what makes them great characters in books in my opinion And this is no exception This childas grown up listening to stories told by a kindly neighbor stories full of magic and lore Therefore when strange things begin to Spinetinglers Anthology 2008 happen iner town other little girls vanishing as if by magic she naturally begins to suspect that something otherwordly is going on Now we as adult readers know this isn t the case or do you There is a wonderful blend of childish whimsy and realistic portrayals I wasn t entirely sure if the book was going to take the fantastical route until the very end when the clues started coming together And when those clues do finally reveal what s behind the mystery well I was shocked I Angélique à Québec (Angelique: Original version hope because it was cleverly done and not because I m just that dense I actually was sure the culprit was going to be another seeminglyarmless character which I thought was twist enough but then it turned out to be someone completely different They twisted my twistI thoroughly enjoyed this book It Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity had a little of everything childhood innocence fantastical folklore grisly kidnappings a fascination mystery and thoroughly interesting characters everywhere you turned Not to mention that you re going through all this alongside the narrator a little girl going througher own coming of age problems I definitely recommend this book to any lovers of mystery Great read on a minor note I did The Doughboys have one complaint whichad nothing to do with the story and everything to do with the physical construction of the book itself The 魔法使いの涙 [Mahou Tsukai no Namida] hardcover edition I readad a deckle edge on the pages This doesn t bother me in fact I think it adds a lovely detail to a book However in this story set in Germany as it is there are often little words and phrases scattered Futurity here and there that are written in German to add to the atmosphere of the story There is a glossary in the back to define all these words and phrases which I definitely recommend doing as they sometimes flesh out necessary dialogue The problem Iad was that with the deckle edge it s very difficult to flip back and forth to the glossary The way the deckle edge is constructed makes it Ouija in Suburbia hard to flip to a certain section as it wants to flip in sections in the chunks that makes up the deckle edge It was minor and yes ridiculous to complain about but extremely annoying nevertheless And now Iave ranted about it and I f I Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism have been wondering Wondering why it sometimesappens that a novel will be published Lenora here as an adult novel and elsewhere as a young adult YA for readers anywhere from 12 to 16 years old novel The first time I noticed that was when the bookThe Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time came out Here in the US it was published as an adult novel and in the UK and Australia it was initially published as an YA novel After it s well deserveduge success it was repacked in all 3 countries for both markets and why not If there is a chance you can sell the book from two locations to separate audiences that s good business and I m all for that but why the difference in the first place Why wasn t it published for both age groups from the get goWhat Caz Sanatı has taken this issue from the archives of my brain file and put it back into my everyday thoughts area is the book The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant Vanishingas recently been released ere by Random House as an adult novel Prior to this it came out in England and Australia as a YA novel I was drawn to Vanishing because of it
S Absolutely Stunningly Beautifulabsolutely stunningly beautiful Upon reading the synopsis I wanted to read it because of my interest in fairy tales I ad no idea that was labeled a YA outside of the US Would that knowledge ave influenced my decision Absolutely I would ave passed on it I would not The Faerie Godmothers Apprentice Wore Green have bought it for me and I would notave looked for it in the library I might The Sorcerer of the North (Rangers Apprentice howeverave purchased it for my 14 year old niece who is also a lover of fairy tales and retelling of fairy talesSo Is it a YA It sure is Did I enjoy it I did It was thin on plot but it Practicing History had interesting characters and was well written and imaginative Grant did a good job creating an atmosphere of darkness and menace thatas been sanitized out of the traditional fairy tales we read these days The book is about ten year old Pia Klovenbach the potentially explosive schoolgirl It s a cold dank winter in Bad Munstereifel umlauts would come in andy right now and little girls of the town are disappearing When the Lovely Katharina Linden Disappears After Katharina Linden disappears after Snow White in the parade Pia and er only friend the eually unpopular StinkStefan take the case Pia Some Thing Black has been brought up on a steady diet ofaunted woods and evil spells stories and is convinced the solution to the mysteries lies in the supernatural There seem to be a lot of mystery solving teens around the bookshelves these days You don t McClellans Other Story have to be Nancy Drew to know that s nothing new in YA literature but adult books There was Curious Incident and recently The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie The Earth Hums in B Flat etc All three of which I thought veryighly of at my current 14 age and would ave been wild about and treasured as a 14 year old And All three of which can be easily classified as YA books despite being identified by their publishers as adult nove. Na Linden disappears Pia is the last person to see er Terror is spreading through the town How could a ten year old girl vanish in a place where everybody knows everybody elsePia is determined to find out what Leonardo da Vinci happened to KatharinaBut then the next girl disappears'For something so chilling it is terrific entertainment' Sunday Times'Grant's splendid debutis a feast of treats and creeps Wonderful'.