Waking

Waking

4.3 3
by Alyxandra Harvey-Fitzhenry
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Beauty is afraid to sleep—her dreams are haunted by the Shadow Lady who stalks and threatens her.

During her waking hours, Beauty's life is safe, safer than she wants it to be. Since her mother's death, her father has become so over-protective that he has locked away all the knives in the house. Her mother's death, the accident, is never discussed. Beauty has

Overview

Beauty is afraid to sleep—her dreams are haunted by the Shadow Lady who stalks and threatens her.

During her waking hours, Beauty's life is safe, safer than she wants it to be. Since her mother's death, her father has become so over-protective that he has locked away all the knives in the house. Her mother's death, the accident, is never discussed. Beauty has lost her desire to be an artist.

At school Beauty tries to be invisible to avoid the questions and innuendo that have arisen since her mother's death. But when a new student arrives, things begin to change. Luna is a free spirit, confident and exciting. She encourages and challenges Beauty to come out of her shell. Beauty finally admits to her attraction to Poe, a boy who lives a few doors away. Her artistic drive returns.

But as Beauty gains self-confidence, her nightmares become ever more terrifying, filled with dark images of blood and death. Beauty must now struggle to solve the riddle posed by her dreams: who is the Shadow Lady and what is the nature of her curse?

Editorial Reviews

Fantasy and Science Fiction
Fitzhenry has a deft hand with her prose...a well told, magical story.
— Charles DeLint
Times Colonist
"Harvey-Fitzhenry eloquently blends mythical language and standard teenspeak throughout."
Fantasy and Science Fiction - Charles DeLint
"Fitzhenry has a deft hand with her prose...a well told, magical story."
Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
Beauty's life since her mother's "accident" has been spent trying to blend in and avoid the rumors at school. When Luna, a new girl, shows up and is made Beauty's English partner, things begin to turn around for her, but her dreams about the Shadow Lady continue to haunt her. In this updated realistic version of Sleeping Beauty, a regular girl begins to heal after her mother's suicide. A new friend, a potential new love, and some new clothes and attitude all contribute to Beauty's awakening as a stronger young woman. While a little heavy on the similes, Harvey-Fitzhenry's debut novel is well worth a read. Fans of the preRaphaelite movement will appreciate the information given about their favorite authors and artists in the girls' English project and hopefully new fans will be attracted as well. Anyone who loved Katherine Patterson's Bridge to Terabithia or Laurie Halse Anderson's Catalyst should enjoy this book as well.
Diana Harter
Beauty feels alienated around her classmates. But so would you if you had to shave your legs at school and cover your scratches because your father was paranoid about sharp objects. Ever since her mother died, Beauty has had to deal with strange changes like being haunted by a Shadow Lady in her dreams. It isn't until Beauty is assigned to work with the odd new girl, Luna, that Beauty begins to find peace in her life. Luna introduces Beauty to the carefree, hippie-like philosophy of the Pre-Raphaelites who created the great works of art and poetry that Beauty admires. By adopting this new outlook, Beauty is able to discover herself and to find a place among her peers. In addition, her newfound confidence aids her to overcome her nightmares and leave behind the horrors of her mother's death.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Since her mother's suicide, Beauty, 16, has been visited by the Shadow Lady in her dreams. The teen is withdrawn and desperate to avoid the stares and questions of her classmates. Her well-intentioned father has gone so far as to lock up everything with an edge, even to the point of forbidding the use of plastic utensils, in an attempt to prevent any other "accidents" in the house. Then in walks Luna, a new student who marches to the beat of her own drum. She tells Beauty that girls with weird names need to "stick together." Slowly, Beauty begins to reclaim her life. She finds the confidence to paint again and takes tentative steps toward a relationship with her longtime crush. The allusions to Sleeping Beauty are well done and subtle. As Luna and a handsome male classmate named Poe provide the impetus for this Beauty's awakening, her dream-life begins to take on a darker, more sinister-yet freeing-tone. This novel about waking up from a nightmare-literally and figuratively-is nicely crafted and will resonate with readers who are struggling with grief and similar emotions.-Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551434896
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Read an Excerpt

The stars are far away and the moon is touching someone else tonight. The only sound is the wind and dry leaves crunching under my feet. I wish I was alone, but I'm not. She's here, in her black dress with its long beaded train, watching me, following me. The Shadow Lady.

And I'm lost.

Meet the Author

Alyxandra studied Creative Writing and Literature at York University and has had her poetry published in such magazines as The Antigonish Review, Room of One's Own, OnSpec and CV2. When not writing, she is a belly dancer and

jewelry-maker. She likes lattes, chocolate and tattoos. She lives in an old farmhouse with her husband, hawk and 2 dogs.

Her website is www.waking.ca. School Presentations: Yes

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Waking 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Linkin_Park_Lover_19 More than 1 year ago
I couldnt read past the 1st few pages but once i did i couldnt put the book down.. "waking" is one of the BEST books ive ever read.. and tew know its not a vampire book tht really gets me... this book is amazing... i truly love it.. Alyxandra PLEASE write another book...