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Locked in Time [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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?

Nore arrives at her stepmother's Louisiana plantation to find her new family odd and an aura of evil and mystery about the place.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316191326
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/3/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 99,590
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lois Duncan is an acclaimed suspense author for young adults. She has published nearly 50 books for children, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, which was adapted into a highly-successful horror film, and Who Killed My Daughter?, a non-fiction book about the harrowing experience of her daughter's murder.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

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    The main character is a girl named Nore, whose mother dies in th

    The main character is a girl named Nore, whose mother dies in the very beginning of the book. After her mother's death, Nore's father sends her off to boarding school and while she was there, her father meets Lissenett and they decide to get married. In all the excitement, they "forgot" to tell Nore (which is what Lissenett wanted). After about three weeks, her father remembers Nore and sends for her to come and live with him and Lissenett. Nore doesn't know what's going to happen. She gets a strange feeling whenever she sees her new family. They're nice, but when she sees them DEATH flashes through her mind. If you were Lisette, Gabe or Josie in the novel "Locked In Time", by Lois Duncan, you'd know what it feels like to be the same age for over 100 years. Decades pass, new invention develop, those around you die, but you keep living on... When Nore Robbins goes to live with her dad, who recently remarried Lisette, she begins to sense something about her step-mother and her two kids. Through overhearing mysterious comments and piecing clues together, Nore begins to realize that her new step-family, by some strange occurence, never ages and never will because they are locked in time. The best part about this book is that it has it all (except comedy)... drama, murder, romance, mystery, suspense, science fiction and plenty of real life aspects. Having been written in first person main character, the book gives the reader an inside view on the story. You're right there with Nore as she's hearing the odd fragment of information and it's almost as if you are helping her piece clues together.  Great book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2007

    ASTONISHIMG

    THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ !!!! i loved this book it was REALLY good i read it within hours in school it has an ending like no other that is wonderful !!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2008

    Locked In Time Review

    The novel Locked in Time by Lois Duncan is about a 17 yr old girl Nore Robbins whos father Chuck is getting remarried. There new family has a secret that they have been hiding and at this rate they would do anything to protect it. The characters in this book are Nore her father Chuck her step mother Lisette and her two step siblings Josie and Gabe. Nore is 17 and her real name is Elanore. her mother passed away a yr earlier. She now attends boarding school. The novel takes place in Louisiana. the main problem in this novel is when Nore meets her new family she thinks there is something suspicious about them and she decides to investigate. She is feeling hurt and mad about the remarriage but happy that her father is finally happy again. She is also feeling suspicios and scared about her new family. She decides to investigate by searching for background information on the family and she finds out some pretty exciting and interesting things. She also finds out one big surprise that can change all their futures drasticley.<BR/><BR/> The genre of this book is young adult fiction. Its list price is $6.50 and there are 224 pages. ISBN 978-0-440-94942-8(0-440-94942-4) It was published in 1985. There were two publishers that were listed Little Brown Co. Inc also Random house children book.Some of the themes thats the characters had to deal with were death and aging. Lois Duncan grew up in Sarasota,Florida. she submitted her first story to a magazine at age 10.She made her first sale at age 13. She also wrote 48 other books such as I Know What you Did Last Summer and Trapped. Locked in time and I Know What You Did Last summer are pretty similiar. I Know What You Did Lat Summer is about four friends who have a shocking secret. A year later there secret comes back to haunt them. There secret wont leave them alone, will they survive the game? Locked in time is a prequel. "when Nore discovers her new stepmothers horrible beauty secrets, time starts running ut, Can Nore save her self and her father? Before its to late?<BR/><BR/> My opinon on the bok overall I think it was a good book. it kept me on the edge of my seat. It was so good at times that I didnt even want to put it down. For most of the book I was very curious about what was going to happen next. Also at times i was shocked, mad and surprised. The only thing that bothered me is I really liked the book but i wasent very fond about the end. A question that I have for Lois is why did Gabe's feeling for Nore change so quickly. So I would recommend this book to any teenager or any adult also. i think they would really enjoy it.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    A reviewer

    This was a really good book. It started out slow, but once it got interesting I didn't want to stop. I like to read, but I'm not the biggest fan of it. This book was probably one of the best books I've ever read. If you get the opportunity you should read it!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

    Perfectly Creepy

    My English teacher had a copy on her bookshelf and I borrowed it, only to return it the next day, quite disappointed that the story was so short. It was creepy in the best way possible. I had a hard time falling asleep the night I finished it. Good to read if you don't mind watching your step for a whiloe.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    An Awesome Mystery

    Locked in Time was awesome. I really liked it that Lois Duncan used Louisiana as the setting for the book. Louisiana being the state that I live in, it makes me proud and reminds everyone that it's a state filled with mysteries and a lot of ghostly history. I loved this book and the ending was awesome, but you have to read the ending to find out what happens because I don't want to spoil the ending for you. It was an awesome book and I hope you like it as much as I did.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    Best by far

    Oh, MY! This is by far my FAVORITE Lois Duncan book. I have to tell you, Duncan is a GREAT writer. I have read a couple of her books and plan on reading more. I couldn't put this book down. It is so well written. I hope this one is only the start of great books by Duncan. THis is a MUST READ!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Locked in time

    This book was one of the best books i read! I would recomend this book to anyone looking for a great book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is the best. When I first looked at the book I thought it might be good, but when I started to read it It was the best book I ever read. This author writes the best mistery books ever. I'm glad I bought the book and two more. I couldn't put the book down when I got down with the first chapter it was to good to set it down and forget about it for even 30 seconds.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Loved it

    I have read this book many times and its one of my favorites. I fall in love with the charactors over and over again. Josie is truly close to my heart, she shares alot in common with my favorite book charactor Claudia from Interview with the vampire.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Awsome

    I think this is the best summer reading book i have read for a while. BEST BEACH READING BOOK!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Anonymoys

    I started to read but i had to turn my book in

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!!

    This book is one that i will read over and over again until i am cold in my grave. Its the best book i have ever read and i read A LOT. Lois Duncan made a home run on this book. There was not one part i didnt like. The beggining was just a tiny bit slow though. But nonetheless, i absolutely loved the ending. I actually got the impression that there was something going on between Nore and her Stepbrother. :-) tha was fun to see where it would go. :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Wonderful

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    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2010

    Good Book!

    "Locked in Time" begins with Nore Robbins, Chuck Robbin's daughter, coming back from boarding school in the beginning of summer. Chuck is a widower, and he has just married a woman named Lisette. She has two children- Josie and Gabe. The first thing Nore notices when she moves in with them at Shadow Grove is that Leanore is unbelievably beautiful. They seem to be very nice, but Nore recognizes what seems to be a hidden language, like a code, between them. When Nore finds out Lisette's secret past, things take a turn for the worst. The summer becomes a race against time; a do or die situation. Nore and her father are in danger, and her father is oblivious. This predicament is in Nore's hands. She has to find a way to get out of the house before something goes terribly wrong. There is a slight predicament, though- Nore's new home is almost an hour from town. There is no one around to see or hear what's happening. I enjoyed reading "Locked In Time". It was a good book, and I found that it was a page turner. I was quickly addicted, for I finished it in two days. I only had one problem with the book- it wasn't very suspenseful. I felt like the plot was quite rushed. I think that if you're going to write a thriller, you should write a thriller, not a mixture of two genres. I think that books that have a romance/comedy genre or action/romance are okay, but I would never mix thriller with another genre but suspense and horror. This book was interesting, but like many other people, I felt that the plot was rushed. I would have liked to see this book at a length of at least 250 pages. Then, I would rate it five stars. I would read this book again, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys slight thrillers. I guess, it just wasn't scary enough to be categorized as a thriller in my opinion.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    great book

    this book is very intersting. the plot is good and the story has a good twist. it is much differnt than any of the authors other books but by far one of the best. i LUVVEDD it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

    Wonderful

    I got this book from the school library, and I have always been one to read alot, but not this much!!! This book was wonderful and I could not stop reading it! If you but it definantly wont be a waste of your money!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2007

    attention getter

    this is a wonderful book. I read it and from the very first page, I could not put it down. It kept my attention the entire book and it was very interesting. I love it and would highly recommend it as reading material for anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

    The BEST Book Ever

    This was the best book I've ever read it took me about three to four hours and I am usually kind of slow at reading, but this book was too good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    Really Good!

    This was a very good book! i enjoyed it very much. it was the first one i read by Lois Duncan and i look foward to reading more by her. the only thing i that confused me a bit was the ending. i wish there was a bit more detail about how 'things' (i wont give it away) ended up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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