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The Clearing

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by Heather Davis
     
 

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In this bittersweet romance, two teens living decades apart form a bond that will change their lives forever.

     Amy is drawn to the misty, mysterious clearing behind her Aunt Mae’s place because it looks like the perfect place to hide from life. A place to block out the pain of her last relationship, to avoid the kids in her new town,

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In this bittersweet romance, two teens living decades apart form a bond that will change their lives forever.

     Amy is drawn to the misty, mysterious clearing behind her Aunt Mae’s place because it looks like the perfect place to hide from life. A place to block out the pain of her last relationship, to avoid the kids in her new town, to stop dwelling on what her future holds after high school.

     Then, she meets a boy lurking in the mist—Henry. Henry is different from any other guy Amy has ever known. And after several meetings in the clearing, she’s starting to fall for him.

     But Amy is stunned when she finds out just how different Henry really is. Because on his side of the clearing, it’s still 1944. By some miracle, Henry and his family are stuck in the past, staving off the tragedy that will strike them in the future. Amy’s crossing over to Henry’s side brings him more happiness than he’s ever known—but her presence also threatens to destroy his safe existence.

     In The Clearing, author Heather Davis crafts a tender and poignant tale about falling in love, finding strength, and having the courage to make your own destiny—a perfect book to slip into and hide away for awhile.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For her senior year, Amy decides to move from Seattle to a tiny town in the North Cascades to live in her great-aunt Mae's trailer. Her goal is to escape her self-involved mother and stepfather, shallow circle of friends, and abusive boyfriend. “I needed to be somewhere different. Maybe I needed to be someone different, too,” she muses. Fitting in at her new school is a struggle because of her defensiveness; in low spirits, she is drawn to a foggy clearing near Mae's home, which leads to Henry Brigg's family farm—in the summer of 1944. Henry, who lives with his grandfather and frail mother, is a gentleman and the opposite of the boys Amy's been damaged by in the past. Alternating between Amy and Henry's intersecting stories, Davis's (Never Cry Werewolf) second novel has a quiet power; the time travel element gives the story the feel of an old-fashioned romance, with a tinge of melodrama. The tale takes some unexpected turns, providing insights into healing and the weight of destiny along the way. Ages 14-up. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

"Will have special appeal for female fans of the romance in the Twilight books or Judy Blundell’s What I Saw and How I Lied. . . . Henry's dilemma is especially poignant, and a completely unexpected ending shows that Davis is capable of creating a riveting read that lingers long after the story ends."--Booklist

"Alternating between Amy and Henry's intersecting stories, Davis's (Never Cry Werewolf) second novel has a quiet power; the time travel element gives the story the feel of an old-fashioned romance, with a tinge of melodrama. The tale takes some unexpected turns, providing insights into healing and the weight of destiny along the way."--Publishers Weekly 

"This will appeal to romance readers that like a touch of the paranormal."--VOYA

Children's Literature - Bobbie Lowe
Amy has just left her home in Seattle to live with her Great Aunt Mae in the country. She has left everything behind to start her senior year in a new school. She has left her friends behind, an abusive relationship, and a mother whose focus is more on her new boyfriend than Amy. Things could only get easier right? Then she meets a boy named Henry in the clearing on the outskirts of the property her Aunt owns. Henry is a different boy who dresses different, talks different, acts different, and Amy is enthralled. Over time they realize that time stands still on Henry's side of the clearing while time moves on for Amy on her side. Are Henry and his family really stuck in time? This story involves love, trust, learning how to believe in oneself, being the new kid, telling the truth, and the loss of loved ones. It is well rounded, and I believe many kids out there will be able to relate to Amy and her struggles to start life fresh at the young age of seventeen. With an imagination in hand, readers will empathize with Amy and cheer her on in finding her way in a new place while trying to find what exactly makes her happy. Reviewer: Bobbie Lowe
VOYA - Deborah L. Dubois
Sixteen-year-old Amy goes to live with her Aunt Mae in a single-wide trailer in the small town of Rockville, Washington, which is very different from her home in Seattle. She needs to get away from her abusive boyfriend and start over where nobody knows her. Amy feels isolated from the other kids, but when she meets Henry, she is drawn to him even though he is so different from anyone else she knows. Henry lives on the other side of the mysterious mist that never disappears from the clearing at the far end of Mae's property. As Amy begins falling for Henry, she finds out that he and his family are stuck in 1944 because of his fear of the future. As they help each other come to terms with their individual demons, they find the strength to follow their own destiny. This time-travel romance explores the emotional effects of abuse on the victim long after the bruises fade. Amy is afraid to trust anyone, until Henry shows her a gentle, constant love. Henry is afraid to move on with his life, unable to face the possible tragedy of losing his brother in the war, until Amy helps him understand that the right thing is not always easy to do. They both mature through their relationship, making tough choices in the end. This will appeal to romance readers that like a touch of the paranormal. Reviewer: Deborah L. Dubois
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Desiring a fresh start, away from an abusive boyfriend, Seattle teen Amy moves to Great-aunt Mae's mobile home in the North Cascade Mountains. There, she discovers a mist-laden clearing promising further escape. Penetrating this seemingly permanent haze, Amy meets and falls in love with Henry Briggs, a World War II teen existing in an endless summer with his mother and grandfather. One terrible night in 1944, fueled by grief and fear, Henry prayed for a miracle and jump-started a summer that never changed—until Amy came along. Stumbling, learning, and healing along the way, a braver Amy, thanks to Henry, Mae, and two new friends, decides to move forward. Taking her cue, Henry is finally able to step toward his own unpredictable future. But what will the future mean for their love? Despite familiar elements, this tender, supernatural romance isn't Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005). It's a compact tale about embracing the future and the life-altering capabilities of love. Henry isn't perfect, but he's genuine, perceptive, and non-domineering. Aunt Mae is an attentive guardian. And Amy is a well-developed protagonist, simultaneously vulnerable and strong, occasionally self-centered, realistically guarded. Chapters alternating between Amy's and Henry's points of view offer a nicely paced plot. While the ending might not be what some readers hope for, it's still satisfying.—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547263670
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/12/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
212
Sales rank:
1,229,862
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Will have special appeal for female fans of the romance in the Twilight books or Judy Blundell’s What I Saw and How I Lied. . . . Henry's dilemma is especially poignant, and a completely unexpected ending shows that Davis is capable of creating a riveting read that lingers long after the story ends."—Booklist

"Alternating between Amy and Henry's intersecting stories, Davis's (Never Cry Werewolf) second novel has a quiet power; the time travel element gives the story the feel of an old-fashioned romance, with a tinge of melodrama. The tale takes some unexpected turns, providing insights into healing and the weight of destiny along the way."—Publishers Weekly 

"This will appeal to romance readers that like a touch of the paranormal."—VOYA

Meet the Author

HEATHER DAVIS is the author of Never Cry Werewolf. She lives in Seattle.

www.heatherdavisbooks.com

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The Clearing 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Amy has moved in with her Great Aunt to get away from her abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Matt. Now living in the middle of nowhere, Amy is having to make new friends and start over at a new high school. She finds it difficult leaving the past behind and letting her guard down with her new friends. Seeking comfort from everything that's going on around her, she sees a misty clearing behind her Aunt's house. When she crosses the other side she meets Henry, a boy unlike the others who actually makes her feel safe. Henry is stuck in the year 1944 with his mother and Grandfather. Nothing changes, nothing grows old; he seeks solace alone in the books he's read dozens of times. When he meets Amy, everything he knows begins to change. His mother suddenly begins to ask questions, and his grandfather begins to remember things he never had before. Was it a mistake for Henry to bring Amy to the other side? Once Amy realizes what is going on, will she run or decide to stay with the only person who makes her feel alive? THE CLEARING is an incredibly emotional love story. Filled with mystery, sorrow, loneliness, and heartache, be prepared to grab a box of tissues - it's a tearjerker.
Amysmithers More than 1 year ago
This book is easy to read in almost 1 sitting. The storyline is very simple. It is about a girl that was in an abusive relationship and how she finds the strength to overcome the pain. It is also about a boy who finds the strength to move on and face the future, no matter what the cost. LOVE is what binds them.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
A boy is stuck in time, unable to move forward after a terrible tragedy befalls his family. A girl moves away from everything to recover from an abusive relationship. They meet in the clearing and fall in love. They learn important lessons and help each other move on. The ending is unexpected and slightly sad.
bookloveteen More than 1 year ago
Trying to get away from her abusive ex-boyfriend and non-supportive friends, Amy moves to a small town in Washington to live with her Great Aunt Mae. Still weary of people, Amy is reluctant to make friends, even with the cute boys that seem to like her. But one day when walking she finds a guy named Henry in a misty clearing behind her Aunt Mae's house who seems different from the other guys she knows. He's old-fashioned, polite, and respects Amy like a guy hasn't before . Though Amy doesn't quite know how different Henry is because in that clearing of mist, Henry is living in the summer of 1944. Amy doesn't know what's keeping Henry and his family stuck in the past but she does know that she's falling for him. Told in the alternating points of view of two teens living decades apart The Clearing is a beautiful romance about standing up for yourself and learning to face your fears and future. I really liked most of the book but the end just felt to neat for me. Everyone should have an person like Aunt Mae in their life; she was so full of life and had such a great love for her broken niece. Amy and Henry were great main characters and had wonderful chemistry. I only really didn't care for Amy's new 'friends', they just didn't feel real and I kept wondering why people would keep trying to be friends with someone who was so closed off. I really recommend this great short little romance and don't forget your tissues because I definitely teared up some! Rachael Recommends: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl, A Northern Light Jennifer Donnelly, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, Evermore by Alyson Noel, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and Twenties Girl by Sofie Kinsella.
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I have nothing more to say about this book, no complaints. Nothing. Most intruging love story you will ever read, absolutely beautiful. Ages 14+ -rhiannon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book! I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Original book. I couldn't put it down... what if you fell in love with someone and that someone was basically a ghost? or from the past???
PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
In this bittersweet romance, two teens living decades apart form a bond that will change their lives forever. Amy is drawn to the misty, mysterious clearing behind her Aunt Mae's place because it looks like the perfect place to hide from life. A place to block out the pain of her last relationship, to avoid the kids in her new town, to stop dwelling on what her future holds after high school. Then, she meets a boy lurking in the mist--Henry. Henry is different from any other guy Amy has ever known. And after several meetings in the clearing, she's starting to fall for him. But Amy is stunned when she finds out just how different Henry really is. Because on his side of the clearing, it's still 1944. By some miracle, Henry and his family are stuck in the past, staving off the tragedy that will strike them in the future. Amy's crossing over to Henry's side brings him more happiness than he's ever known--but her presence also threatens to destroy his safe existence. A new Town, a new School, new Friends, and a new Life. Amy's story begins with her moving in with her Aunt into the country; away from the busy hustle of the city and her old self. Adjusting to this new lifestyle is changeling until she meets Henry. Of course she thinks everything is normal and he'll be her first friend, but she doesn't see him at school and her Aunt doesn't know who he is. Then their visits become odder and odder, until Amy realizes what is really happening. Henry, on the other hand, shares this book with Amy. His story begins with a life that is separated by the thick fog that surrounds his home/family and the sad reality beyond. Despite their differences, the two begin a courtship that is very bittersweet. It was a cute read! I adore time travel tales and this was very easy to get caught up in. Henry's point of view was very realistic (but a little odd in how it began) and very heartbreaking and lonesome at times. Amy's character starts off as a girl who is "running" away from her past problems and remaining almost weak in how she handles situations, but it was nice to see her develop into a stronger person by the end. Overall, it's a book to curl up with and enjoy. It's emotionally cheesy (I cried at the end) and yet, a beautifully unique love story. Likes: The simple way of life during WWII. Dislikes: Amy's attitude at times toward her past abusive relationship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like romance and star- crossed lvers you'll love this book
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Amyh597 More than 1 year ago
I'm 14 years old and i loved the sweet romance of this book. read it in a day! most of all i liked the ending even though its not how i wanted to end i still love this book!
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Alex Ortiz More than 1 year ago
Super creative, beautifully written love story. :)
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Adrienne Youngblood More than 1 year ago
At first I didnt think I'd like this, but then I couldnt put it down! It was a besutiful story... made me cry in the end! Deffently a must read!!!
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KeishaGabri More than 1 year ago
When I picked this book out in the library, I knew it'd be a book that'd touch me in a way that books like Twenty Boy Summer and Nineteen Mintues did. You want to be these characters. You want a Henry. You want to escape the mundane and sometimes unhappy lifestyle that you're presently in like Amy. Being the romantic sap that I am, this book was simply yet effectively written; this book is very much so powerful and should be read by everyone. I promise you will not be disappointed.