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Watching the Roses: The Egerton Hall Novels, Volume Two
     

Watching the Roses: The Egerton Hall Novels, Volume Two

by Adele Geras
 

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In this retelling of "Sleeping Beauty," Alice seems destined to lead a princess's life--except for the frightening curse that dreaded Aunt Violette bestowed at her christening: She will die at the age of eighteen. Although she lives, something horrible happens on her eighteenth birthday. And as a result, Alice falls into a trancelike state and refuses to speak

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In this retelling of "Sleeping Beauty," Alice seems destined to lead a princess's life--except for the frightening curse that dreaded Aunt Violette bestowed at her christening: She will die at the age of eighteen. Although she lives, something horrible happens on her eighteenth birthday. And as a result, Alice falls into a trancelike state and refuses to speak to anyone. Will she ever recover?

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"The story is redolent with sexuality, fragility, and innocence . . . [An] unusual romance."--The Bulletin
"Tremendous."--VOYA

"Geras writes with imagination and skill."--Kirkus Reviews

"[Has] wide appeal."--Booklist

Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
At her christening, Alice was cursed by her thirteenth aunt to never grow old, but rather to be extinguished like a candle on her eighteenth birthday. Alice's relatives try to undo the curse while Alice grows up oblivious to the problem. At her eighteenth birthday ball, something horrible happens to Alice, causing her to stop talking to anyone. She does write in her diary, where she describes longing for the return of her true love, her fears about leaving school, descriptions of the roses growing in her father's garden, and finally the truth about what happened to her at her birthday party. This well-written book mixes fantasy and reality as it explores what happens to a young girl who has been raped. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-- A self-conscious restyling of ``Sleeping Beauty,'' brought up-to-date with a boarding school setting and rape--a somewhat uneasy mixture. Three school friends have been eager for Alice's fabulous 18th birthday party to be held at her family's rose-encircled castlelike estate. But it seems the young woman's wicked Aunt Violette's ill wish for her has come true after she is raped at the party and becomes totally withdrawn. Her journal entries during this time chronicle her return to mental health and build suspense as her story unfolds. This sequel to The Tower Room (HBJ, 1992) is only partly successful, due mainly to weak characterization. No one cares if the ``wicked stepmother'' or the ``handsome prince'' lacks credible motivation in a fairy tale. But in modern fiction, it's another matter. Geras is forced to rely on such plot contrivances as sending the heroine off alone with a hot-and-bothered boy who, it turns out, she does not recognize until too late to be her childhood tormentor. This is not to say that the book is completely without interest or charm. There are plenty of quirky characters, a wonderful setting, rose lore, and intriguing echoes of fairy tales throughout. The British references are sometimes incomprehensible (what are winkle-pickers?), but romance fans will anxiously await the handsome prince whose kiss awakens the princess.-- Kathy Fritts, Jesuit High School, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152055318
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/29/2010
Series:
The Egerton Hall Novels , #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


Adèle Geras is the celebrated author of many books for all ages, including Troy and Ithaka. She lives in Manchester, England.

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