Locked in Time
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Locked in Time

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by Lois Duncan
     
 

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Nore Roberts didn't ask for a new life, but now that her mom is gone and her dad is newly married, she has to settle in at Shadow Grove, the old Civil War mansion her stepfamily calls home. When she meets her stepmother, Lisette, Nore is shocked by her youth and beauty that gives her chills- and a hint of something sinister. There's hope of becoming friends with

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Nore Roberts didn't ask for a new life, but now that her mom is gone and her dad is newly married, she has to settle in at Shadow Grove, the old Civil War mansion her stepfamily calls home. When she meets her stepmother, Lisette, Nore is shocked by her youth and beauty that gives her chills- and a hint of something sinister. There's hope of becoming friends with her stepbrother and sister, until Nore realizes they're hiding something. When she begins to feel like the target of a deadly plan, Nore starts digging into her stepfamily's past. The skeletons in their closet are more real than she ever imagined. Can Nore expose her stepmother's dark secret before an old and evil magic swallows her up?

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Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
When Nore Roberts loses her mother and her dad remarries, she moves in with her new step-family. She has a lot of adjustments to make. One adjustment is learning how to share her father. Nore was an only child and is suddenly sharing her dad with two other children and trying to get along with her new stepmother. Nore is both puzzled and wary of her stepmother's beauty and youthful look. She does try to become friends with her new sister and brother, but that does not work. She does try to talk to her dad about things that happen in the house, but her dad thinks she is making something out of nothing. Eventually, the family turns her father against her. Will she be able to convince her father that there is evil magic at work and more secrets than you can think of going on every day in that house? If she cannot, then will she be able to figure out a way to save herself from the evil that is lurking? This story takes place in the South and being from back East, the descriptions used throughout the book certainly brought back a lot of good memories. This narrator did an excellent job and was able to draw the listener in on the first page. Lois Duncan has done it again with this book. I almost wanted to sleep with the lights on. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316099028
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/03/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
190,974
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Gabe did not, after my initial morning at Shadow Grove, express any further interest in accompanying us to Merveille. Instead, he seemed suddenly to have developed an all-consuming passion for fishing. Through a classified ad in the Sunday paper, he bought himself a secondhand rowboat with an outboard motor and moored it in the rushes across the road from us. From then on, we hardly saw him. Every morning, he would disappear with a fuel can and his fishing gear immediately after breakfast and would reappear around dinnertime, sometimes bringing back a few bass, but, more often than not, empty-handed.

Once, Lisette surprised me by suggesting that he take me with him.

"Don't you think that it's time that you showed Nore some of the scenery along the river?" she asked him. "It's like a whole foreign world back there, so green and lovely. I'm sure she's never seen anything quite like it."

Gabe shot his mother a quick, dark glance and shook his head.

"Not yet," he said. "There's plenty of time for that. We've got all summer."

"Sometimes it's better not to put things off too long," said Lisette. "You never know what problems may arise if you do."

"I said, later," Gabe told her brusquely. "I'm just not ready yet."

He turned on his heel and stalked angrily out of the room.

That evening, he didn't come home until after dark. The rest of us had long since finished eating, and Josie and I were out in the kitchen in the process of loading the dishwasher. Gabe entered the room without a word of greeting, served himself from the soup pot on the back of the stove, and left again, still without speaking. A moment later, I heard the sound of his feet crashing hard upon the stairs and realized that he was taking his supper up to his room.

"Why is he acting this way?" I asked Josie, not attempting to conceal my hurt and bewilderment. "He seemed to like me well enough when I first got here. What have I done to make him so angry now?"

"You haven't done anything," said Josie. "Gabe gets like this when he's under a lot of pressure. He's got things on his mind, that's all."

"What sort of things?" I asked her, and then--as a possible explanation occurred to me--"Could it be that girl he used to go with, the one who gave him the herbs he uses in the anisette? He said that she lived in a cottage over by the river. Do you suppose he might be seeing her again?"

"No," Josie said with certainty. "Felicité is gone. She and Gabe broke up a long time ago."

"Maybe she's changed her mind and come back," I suggested. If that were the case, it would explain so many things--the long hours Gabe spent away from home each day, the often nonexistent catch after a whole day's fishing, his resistance to his mother's request that he take me with him on one of his excursions on the river.

"That's impossible," said Josie. "Felicité's dead."

"Dead!" For some reason, I reacted with as much shock to that statement as if I had known Gabe's former girlfriend personally. "When did that happen? Did Gabe just find out about it? No wonder he's been acting so distant and preoccupied."

"It didn't just happen. Gabe's known about it for years," Josie said. "He wasn't all that upset by it, even back when it happened. By then, the two of them had been broken up for ages."

"He wasn't upset by it!" I repeated incredulously. "But, Jo, he had to be! Maybe they weren't still going together, but to have somebody your own age, someone you'd once really cared about, die--"

"It happens all the time, Nore," Josie said calmly "Friends grow away from you, and they do die. That's why it's better not to get too attached to people. When you do, all that happens is that you end up sad."

Lying in bed that night, I thought back upon that statement and could hardly believe that the child had actually made it.

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