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The Glass House People
     

The Glass House People

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by Kathryn Reiss
 

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Beth’s mother, Hanny Lynn, hasn’t spoken to her parents or her sister, Iris, in twenty years. But she decides it’s time to set aside old grievances, so sixteen-year-old Beth and her brother, Tom, find themselves spending a sweltering summer with their mother and her family in a sleepy Pennsylvania town. More than just homesick, Beth is troubled by

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Beth’s mother, Hanny Lynn, hasn’t spoken to her parents or her sister, Iris, in twenty years. But she decides it’s time to set aside old grievances, so sixteen-year-old Beth and her brother, Tom, find themselves spending a sweltering summer with their mother and her family in a sleepy Pennsylvania town. More than just homesick, Beth is troubled by deep family tensions and Aunt Iris’s sudden drunken outbursts. As Beth begins to delve into family history, she discovers a chilling and inexplicable tragedy.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-- In the first chapter, Beth is crammed into the back seat of the car on a six-day cross-country trip with her mother and brother, bitterly bemoaning the dreary summer ahead at her estranged grandparents' house. Unfortunately for readers, summer is indeed interminable, and suspense and mystery never really keep the pages turning. Beth's mother is facing the demons that made her leave home at 17--the accidental death of a man she loved, her sister's fiance. Each sister blames the other for the ``murder,'' and the plot consists of uncovering the secrets from the past. All is tied up rather cavalierly at the end, with their father--Beth's grandfather--pretending he is responsible so the sisters can quit fighting. By that time, readers will have long abandoned the story: the red herrings are pink, the characters never really come to life, and the flashbacks are clunky. However, the steamy summer heat, the atmosphere of tension in the house, and the family dynamics are well-portrayed; and the message that truth may be less important than reconciliation comes through loud and clear. Overall, though, the weaknesses outweigh the strengths. --Kathy Fritts, Jesuit High School, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547710266
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/20/1996
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
208 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

KATHRYN REISS is the author of Time Windows, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; The Glass House People; Dreadful Sorry; Pale Phoenix, a finalist for the Edgar Award; as well as PaperQuake: A Puzzle. A master of the time-travel mystery genre, “Reiss slips between past and present with a callous alacrity that is wondrously effective” (Kirkus Reviews). She lives with her family in Northern California. www.midgard.com/KReiss/KReissInfo.html

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The Glass House People 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Glass House People was one of the best books I've ever read. It's an inspiring tale of a not so wonderful reunion. Sixteen year old Beth and her brother go to visit her grandparents with her mother Hanna. Her Aunt Iris also lives there, and has lived there since the death of her fiance. The night he died Hanna was found in bed with him. He was killed falling down the stairs in that house. It's a wonderful book and I encourage anyone to read it. ~Sarah Jolly
teasinme More than 1 year ago
Beth is dragged across country for the summer to visit her mother's parents for the first time. She is very reluctant to go, thinking it will be extremely boring. When she gets there, so finds not only a boring life, but that she may living with a murderer. She gets together with her younger brother to solve the 20 year old mystery of who really killed their Aunt Iris's fiance. Was it their mother? Was it their aunt? Maybe their grandfather or grandmother? Or maybe just a freak accident? Beth will do what she can to get to the bottom of it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting because just when you think you know who the killer is, a new evidence will prove you wrong and it goes on and on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for Eng.11 to do a book report on it. I thought that it was going to be a boring book but as I started to read it got more and more interesting and I could hardly put it down. I would say that it is one of the best books that I have read. And I am not a big reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was one of the best books I have ever read. This book keeps you thinking and wanting to keep reading more and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a facinating book. You can really relate to Beth and the diffuculties with love and family! Kathryn Reiss is by far my favorite author. I started reading and could never put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book for Christmas. One rainy day on sping break, I decided to read it. As soon as I read the first page, I knew I would not be able to put it down. And I didnt. (Except for Easter dinner!!) I sat on the edge of my seat, and in some parts I could feel my heart racing. This book was the best I have read in a long time, as well as the best author. I would give it a 1000000 stars if I could!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was quite tense! Full of details! A must read! There were parts in the book where I had to hold my breathe, wanting to know whats going to happen next!