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Forbidden Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Bunting, Eve
ISBN: 054493881X     ISBN-13: 9780544938816
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    OUR PRICE: $12.00  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: April 2017
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Annotation: When Josie, an orphan, is sent to live with an aunt and uncle on the northwest coast of Scotland, she finds the area and people to be threatening, except for Eli.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Conspiracies; Fiction.
Supernatural; Fiction.
Orphans; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017013731
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.42 lbs) 217 pages
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
After her parents die of influenza, sixteen-year-old Josie is at the mercy of her austere and secretive aunt and uncle. Trapped in the lonely, windswept house on Brindle Point, Josie welcomes the warmth of Eli, a mysterious but kind young man. The gloomy Scottish atmosphere is littered with clues about Aunt Minnie and Uncle Caleb's wrongdoing, as well as Eli's true nature.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 September #4)

No stranger to ghost stories or historical tales, Bunting (The Pirate Captain's Daughter) returns with an eerie novel set in 1807 along the northern coast of Scotland. It centers on orphaned 16-year-old Josie Ferguson, who leaves her Edinburgh home to live for two years with her newly met, but unwelcoming and insensitive uncle and aunt. She befriends "brooding" Eli Stuart and his grandmother, only to learn that she cannot associate with or become attached to Eli, as he is mysteriously "forbidden." The town's inhabitants appear to be hiding a secret, and over the course of three days Josie seeks answers about Eli and the townspeople. Bunting skillfully drops clues about the cruel truth Josie will discover and cleverly incorporates supernatural elements into the historical aspects of the story about the intentional "wrecking" of ships for their bounty. Josie's whirlwind crush on Eli, her strict adherence to propriety, and lack of backbone when confronting the cagey townsfolk can wear thin. But keeping Josie naively unaware allows Bunting to strategically build suspense, and Josie's unstoppable curiosity will endear her to mystery-lovers. Ages 12–up. (Dec.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 September)

Gr 6–8—Orphaned at the age of 16, Josie Ferguson is sent to live with a mysterious aunt and uncle in accordance with her parents' wishes. Upon her arrival at her relatives' home on the coast of Scotland, she is plagued with an unease that only intensifies as she learns more about her family's dark secrets and the town they inhabit. Bunting's latest is written in the tradition of the classic gothic novel, featuring a charming heroine thrust into a stormy, foreboding setting. The gloomy mood, established from the very moment Josie arrives at the estate, is sustained throughout, infusing each scene with a creeping dread. The appearance of a mysteriously forbidden local boy transcends cliché and provides a wonderfully eerie twist ending to the tale. Fans of Gary Blackwood's Curiosity (Dial, 2014) and Laura Amy Schlitz's A Drowned Maiden's Hair (Candlewick, 2006) will enjoy this atmospheric work. VERDICT An excellent introduction to the gothic genre and a satisfyingly eerie read.—Erinn Black Salge, Saint Peter's Prep, Jersey City, NJ

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