Ghosts In The Gallery
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Ghosts In The Gallery

by Barbara Brooks Wallace
     
 

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Newly orphaned Jenny travels from China to live with a grandfather she has never met only to be condemned to a dark cellar room and a cruel servant's life. Why?

"Guaranteed chills and thrills," says Horn Book of Ghosts in the Gallery, nominated by Mystery Writers of America for its EDGAR Award.

"Descriptions draw the reader a picture of

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Newly orphaned Jenny travels from China to live with a grandfather she has never met only to be condemned to a dark cellar room and a cruel servant's life. Why?

"Guaranteed chills and thrills," says Horn Book of Ghosts in the Gallery, nominated by Mystery Writers of America for its EDGAR Award.

"Descriptions draw the reader a picture of time and place and atmosphere that is nearly perfect. Sure to be a hit," says School Library Journal.

Washington Parent calls this book a "real page turner."

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Jenny's charmed life in China is abruptly changed with the death of her stepfather and life-threatening illness of her mother. As her mother writes to long-lost relatives in the United States, Jenny learns a little about her real father's family, on the journey after her mother's death. After a long, lonely sea voyage, train trip across the U.S., and stagecoach ride, Jenny is unceremoniously dumped at the dark edge of a wooded pathway leading to the home of the grandfather she has never met. Alas, as mother's letter never reached his home, and its distrusting inhabitants reluctantly agree that she can stay on as a servant at Graymark. In this Victorian mystery/adventure, Jenny must overcome her fears, navigate through the deceptions of the residents and workers of Graymark, and begin her new life. 2000, Athenaeum Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 to 13, $16.00. Reviewer: Mary Sue Preissner—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-After her mother dies, Jenny, 1l, arrives at Graymark House in the middle of the night after a long journey, only to be told that it is not her ancestral home. Although her mother always told her that her deceased father was a Graymark, the girl has no proof to validate her claim and the letter her dying mother sent never arrived. Faced with a return voyage to a place where she has no relatives left or becoming a servant to the family she thought would become hers, Jenny chooses to stay and work. Wallace spins a delightful tale of Dickensian treachery, betrayal, and triumph in a setting replete with fog, cliffs, and haunting portraits of long-gone family members. This melodramatic story is perfectly peppered with secrets and expectations, making it a first-rate choice.-Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Ghosts are the least of Jenny's problems. Newly orphaned, she has traveled from China to the East Coast of the US to live with a grandfather she has never met. Instead of a warm welcome and a life of wealth and ease, she is condemned to a dark cellar room and a servant's existence. As she learns to cope with endless backbreaking tasks, she also comes to realize that first impressions are rarely accurate. The new people in her life, both "upstairs and downstairs," display their true colors one clue at a time. Who is a friend? Who is an enemy? Seemingly benign behavior may mask evil. Cruelty may be a protective device. There is danger and treachery before all is revealed. Wallace (Sparrows in the Scullery, 1997, etc.) has incorporated all the expected elements of the Victorian Gothic: an orphan, a gloomy mansion, a secret will, false identities, and a cast of sinister and mysterious characters. There is also a deft use of language that hints at the syntax of the 19th century. Descriptions of clothing and furnishings, as well as the minutiae of daily life, draw the reader a picture of time and place and atmosphere that is nearly perfect. Sure to be a hit. (Fiction. 8-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595411054
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/15/2006
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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