Midnight Is A Place

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Now, back in print, the engaging and suspenseful British fantasy by one of England’s most imaginative storytellers.
Lucas Bell is lonely and miserable at Midnight Court, a vast, brooding house owned by his intolerable guardian, Sir Randolph Grimsby. When a mysterious carriage brings a visitor to the house, Lucas hopes he’s found a friend at last. But the newcomer, Anna Marie, is unfriendly and spoiled—and French. Just when Lucas thinks things can’t get any worse, disastrous ...
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Overview


Now, back in print, the engaging and suspenseful British fantasy by one of England’s most imaginative storytellers.
Lucas Bell is lonely and miserable at Midnight Court, a vast, brooding house owned by his intolerable guardian, Sir Randolph Grimsby. When a mysterious carriage brings a visitor to the house, Lucas hopes he’s found a friend at last. But the newcomer, Anna Marie, is unfriendly and spoiled—and French. Just when Lucas thinks things can’t get any worse, disastrous circumstances force him and Anna Marie, parentless and penniless, into the dark and unfriendly streets of Blastburn.

Fourteen-year-old Lucas leads a lonely, monotonous life in the house of his unpleasant guardian until the unexpected arrival of an unusual little girl presages a series of events that completely change his life.

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Publishers Weekly
A host of reissues find young people stuck between a rock and a hard place. First published in 1974 and set in 19th-century England, Midnight Is a Place by Joan Aiken stars Lucas Bell, who lives with his guardian Sir Randolph Grimsby in a lonely old house called Midnight Court. When an unfamiliar carriage delivers a girl to their doorstep, Lucas thinks he finally has a companion-but she is not what he had in mind, and a twist of fate leaves the children adrift on the streets.
Children's Literature
In this novel, readers find themselves in a world of youthful fantasy and adventure. Lucas Bell, a fourteen-year-old orphan, lives an unpleasant life under the eye of his disciplinarian guardian, Sir Randolph Grimsby, in 19th century England. When an unusual carriage drops Anna-Marie, a mysterious little girl, off at his doorstep, Lucas feels a sense of anticipation. His dreams of companionship end when Anna-Marie turns out to be a spoiled brat, and Lucas, again, is left with no one. However, through many twists and turns, the two find themselves together on the streets with nothing and with nobody to take care of them. Through one adventure and horror after the next, Lucas and Anne-Marie deal with everything from destitution to death, and as soon as one catastrophe ends, another one begins. This book is a must for anyone with an extensive imagination. Throughout all of Lucas' and Anne-Marie's brushes with danger, such as many adults who want nothing more than to kill all the children on Earth, the reader will be so enthralled and in the moment that they may be scared themselves. The author does a wonderful job of pulling the reader into a book where imaginations run wild, and the harsh realities of life prevail. 2002 (orig. 1974), Houghton Mifflin,
— Sarah Hammond
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618196258
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 477,620
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Aiken, daughter of the American writer Conrad Aiken, was born in Rye, Sussex, England, and has written more than sixty books for children, including The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2003

    Recommendation

    "Midnight is place" is one of the most unusual books I have ever read. When I started it I was bored with the usual orphan tale and Secret Garden flavor. Yet as the book progressed it became more and more complicated. The book was filled with twists and turns that kept me wondering what would happen next. Yet when all the pieces were together it seemed to fit together too perfectly. Everything made perfect sence. It takes place in an industrialized Britain and the study of the different social classes during these changing times adds a strange and wonderful feeling to the book. Extremly well written, based around a suspenseful plot, this book would be wonderful for older children and adults alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Not goood

    a terrible read -9 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    good

    check it out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    A great Read

    very suspenseful, but near the end, everything seemed too perfect for me. A good read for middle schoolers and up, and a very well written story. I enjoyed it immensly. Happy Reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    Must Read!

    I thouroughly enjoyed reading the book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    Great story wonderful adventure

    A wonderful story. All the charm of Oliver Twist and a wonderful insight into 1800's English society.

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