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Pictures of the Night
     

Pictures of the Night

by Adele Geras, Michael Stearns (Editor), Dave Kramer (Illustrator)
 

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In a modern version of the Snow White fairy tale, eighteen-year-old Bella is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents while singing with a small band in London and Paris during her summer break from school, and believes them to be caused by her jealous, malevolent stepmother.

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In a modern version of the Snow White fairy tale, eighteen-year-old Bella is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents while singing with a small band in London and Paris during her summer break from school, and believes them to be caused by her jealous, malevolent stepmother.

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Children's Literature - Sue Reichard
This book is the last in a trilogy about British schoolgirls whose lives mimic those of characters we are all familiar with from childhood fairy tales. The main character, Bella, has an ongoing rivalry with her stepmother, Marjorie. Marjorie is jealous of her stepdaughter's great beauty and sends her off to boarding school. Bella escapes by joining a band of rock musicians. Marjorie finds Bella and tries to poison her. Her first attempt is unsuccessful, but Marjorie does not give up easily. The well-developed characters help to add great intrigue to this cleverly written novel for teens. In spite of the familiar plot, young adult readers will find very detailed images and characters add suspense to every page. The book is a sure-fire winner for mystery lovers. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9-12-- This is the finale to a trilogy set in England during the 1960s that recasts fairy tales to relate the happenings of three boarding school roommates. The heroine this time is Bella, a dark-haired, 18-year-old beauty who has been subtly tormented by her jealous stepmother since childhood and shuttled off to school. Bella spends her summer break in London and Paris singing and living with a band comprised of seven young men. Soon she becomes the victim of a series of strange accidents provoked by women who bear a resemblance to her stepmother. Bella falls in love at first glance with a handsome American, Mark, whom she's sure she'll never meet again. She returns home where hostility between the two beauties erupts. Again, the stepmother nearly eliminates her ``rival.'' However, Mark, Bella's Prince Charming, suddenly appears to rescue her. Told primarily through letters to the roommates mixed with first-person narratives, the story and characters fail to involve or excite readers. There are lots of slow passages. Although there are a few references to past events, this book can be read independently. In true fairy-tale fashion, the other two girls' romances are also wrapped up neatly in this happily-ever-after ending.-- Susan Rosenkoetter, Rochester Public Library, NY
Janice Del Negro
Eighteen-year-old Bella is singing with a seven-member band in London and Paris. Songwriter Greg has a major crush on her, and her voice is being praised nightly. It seems too good to be true, and it is. Bella's stepmother, the beautiful but jealous Marjorie, is trying to kill her--with a suede belt, a decorative hair comb, even a liqueur made from apples. But Bella is saved by "the kiss of life" delivered by her truelove, Mark (previously only a face across a crowded room), and everyone lives happily ever after. The deliberate similarities to "Snow White" are tightly woven into the story, and the author writes movingly of Bella as a child suddenly bereft of a loving mother, and of the teenager's loss of Marjorie's approval when she begins to blossom into a natural beauty. Geras' descriptions of Parisian nightlife demonstrate a fine sense of place, and her female characters are nicely drawn. Bella's casual sexual relationship with Greg (Mark, a rich, American, Ivy League type, is the prince figure) is gratuitous, but never graphic. The third book in a trilogy that began with "The Tower Room" , this is an absorbing read that can stand on its own and will be easy to booktalk.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613085410
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Egerton Hall Trilogy
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 6.22(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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