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Isolde is a shy and artistic sixteen-year-old who moves into a house rumored to be haunted. When she discovers a shard of green glass, a new world opens for her. Through the glass she sees Lyric, who mistakenly believes that he is a ghost, and other ethereally beautiful creatures. As their mystery unfolds, Isolde learns that they are not ghosts, but The Forgotten Ones, fairies cast out of their realm, labeled imperfect for their physical and mental differences. Isolde's friendship with Lyric and The Forgotten ...

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Overview

Isolde is a shy and artistic sixteen-year-old who moves into a house rumored to be haunted. When she discovers a shard of green glass, a new world opens for her. Through the glass she sees Lyric, who mistakenly believes that he is a ghost, and other ethereally beautiful creatures. As their mystery unfolds, Isolde learns that they are not ghosts, but The Forgotten Ones, fairies cast out of their realm, labeled imperfect for their physical and mental differences. Isolde's friendship with Lyric and The Forgotten Ones teaches her that sometimes our "imperfections" can also be our greatest strengths.

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13-year-old Reviewer
Behind Green Glass is a book that will forever keep you on your toes; there was never a moment when I wanted to put it down. Even though other YA books have used faeries in their stories, Von Hoffman has added a twist to the basics of fay lore, the Forgotten Ones. This book has definitely made it to the top of my list for fantasy novels
James Cox
Nobody's perfect, and the closest to perfection one can be is to deal with those imperfections. "Behind Green Glass" is the tale of Isolde and her strange new friend Lyric. In a realm of fairies, the two learn much about themselves and the world around them as author Amanda Von Hoffmann gives young readers an encouraging novel about facing one's imperfections. "Behind Green Glass" is uplifting and highly recommended.
Katie Reviewer
Behind Green Glass is a light and easy read with an engaging and captivating story. The story provided something different in the YA genre – fairies. Apart from Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series, you don’t often see many fairy tales in the young adult section, and with Behind Green Glass, Von Hoffmann has made a notable contribution to this category.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982534519
  • Publisher: Soto Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Von Hoffmann never outgrew her love of fairy lore. She studied writing at SUNY Potsdam, graduating with a M.A. in English and Communications. Currently, she works at a public library where she keeps up with the latest in young adult and fantasy fiction. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and daughter.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

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    a different fantasy story from a debut author

    Amanda Von Hoffman's Behind Green Glass focuses on a fantasy area often overlooked in today's young adult fiction: faeries. They aren't Disney's fairies (thankfully!) but more akin to J.R.R. Tolkien's.

    Let me first say that my biggest complaint about the book is the homeschooling aspect. I would love to see a wonderful fiction book about a homeschooled youth, or better yet, an unschooled youth. However, just as with most young adult fiction, Von Hoffman has taken a stereotypical approach to this aspect of the book. Isolde was taken out of school by her paranoid mother and is schooled at home, feeling increasingly alone and isolated until they move to a small town and she begins to reach out, much to the displeasure of her emotionally hurting single mother. The stereotype of the homeschooling parent is so discouraging, as I have yet to meet a parent who homeschools their children like this.

    The story line is intriguing, though. Isolde discovers a connection to the faerie world through the life of a teenage girl who once lived (and died) in her room. Straddling between two worlds, one human and one faerie, she begins to discover her own strengths.

    I hope this young adult debut author decides to write more about Isolde and the world she uncovers, developing the story line more. It has great potential and showcases a strong female lead, one who previously did not view herself as such.

    Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of the book was provided by the author.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Mesmerizing book

    A book to be enjoyed by adults as well as teens.
    Excellent writing; memorable characters; a terrific story.
    Best read at one sitting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2010

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    awesome book

    I hope the author make a series out of this story. The kids and I really enjoyed this story.

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