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Never to be Told
     

Never to be Told

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by Becky Citra
 

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Asia has lived with elderly Ira and his wife Maddy on their farm for as long as she can remember. When Ira has a heart attack Asia's world is turned upside down. Faced with the possibility of losing the only family she has ever known, Asia is frightened but fascinated by the appearance of a ghost that only she can see and hear.

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Asia has lived with elderly Ira and his wife Maddy on their farm for as long as she can remember. When Ira has a heart attack Asia's world is turned upside down. Faced with the possibility of losing the only family she has ever known, Asia is frightened but fascinated by the appearance of a ghost that only she can see and hear.

Editorial Reviews

TeensReadToo.com
"An outstanding book...takes[s] you on a windy roller-coaster ride...5 stars"
CM Magazine
"Highly Recommended."
Canadian Literature
"Well paced and readable."
Canadian Book Review Annual
"Citra writes about what she knows with both veracity and assurance."
Teensreadtoo
"an outstanding book...takes[s] you on a windy roller-coaster ride...5 stars"
Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
Twelve-year-old Asia's world is turned upside down by family secrets and ghostly encounters. Asia has lived with elderly Ira and his wife Maddy for as long as she can remember. She loves their farm at Cold Creek, but everything changes when Ira has a heart attack. Distraught at the possibility of losing the only family she has ever known, Asia is frightened but fascinated by the appearance of a ghost at an abandoned farm—a ghost only Asia can see. This book will be just right for those young people who like deep mysteries/science fiction. Non-serious or light mystery/science fiction readers may find it a bit difficult to follow in spots. Some may have to return to previous chapters or sections and re-read them. It may not be exciting enough for others. However, it does have interest and is a lovely paperback physically. It will probably appeal to the serious reader in the nine-to-twelve age range.
VOYA - Julie Roberts
Twelve-year-old Asia happily lives on a farm named Cold Creek in British Columbia with an elderly couple, Ira and Maddy, where her mother had abandoned her at a very young age. Her life is thrown into turmoil when Ira suffers a heart attack. Harry, Ira and Maddy's son, wants to relocate his parents-but not Asia-to live with him in Southern California. Harry manages to locate Asia's maternal grandmother, Beth, who is thrilled to discover that she has a granddaughter. She comes to collect Asia to live with her in Vancouver. In the midst of all of this, Asia begins to see ghosts, and unravels a mystery about the history of Cold Creek. This novel tries to tackle too much, and in the end, disappoints on all levels. The emotional shock of Asia moving to Vancouver is barely felt. It seems very matter-of-fact that she must suddenly uproot her entire life. It also is odd that a long-lost relative would suddenly appear and take Asia away, yet the characters seem to trust this woman immediately. The ghost element of the story is disjointed and difficult to follow. This book is convoluted and unsatisfying. The two stories are linked by the theme of abandonment, but the only character whose story is resolved is that of the ghost, Miranda. And although Asia is given a "happy ending" and tells readers that she is content with Beth, it all seems to wrap up too neatly, with no explanation of her emotional journey. There are too many coincidences, too many characters, and not enough depth to the story.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Two parallel stories unfold in this ghost story. Life for 12-year-old Asia in the small town of Cold Creek has been full of love and contentment. She was raised by Maddy and Ira, who are the only family she has ever known. All that suddenly changes the day Ira has a heart attack and their son comes to take care of things. Soon Harry is making arrangements for his parents to live with him for the winter and for Asia to be sent to Vancouver, where he has discovered her long-lost grandmother, Beth. The parallel story is told through passages from the diary of deceased Miranda Williams, in which readers learn of a mystery surrounding the death of her young daughter and the reason for the family's hasty departure from Cold Creek in 1914. Asia has always been drawn to the Williams's abandoned farmhouse and on her last visit before leaving for Vancouver, Miranda reveals herself to Asia and guides her to a little girl's intact bedroom. Shortly after Asia goes to live with Beth, her world is turned upside down and she escapes dealing with her feelings of anger, fear, and distrust by agreeing to work for a very old woman, Mary Wintergreen. Eventually, she realizes that Mary and Miranda are the same ghost at different points in time. The book is a real page-turner, with strong, likable main characters.-Donna Rosenblum, Nassau Boces School Library System, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551435671
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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A faint sound brushed her ear, and she heard a voice whisper death. She glanced around, astonished. A gentle breeze had picked up, rippling the long grass in the meadow. She frowned. There was no one else there except Ira and Maddy, and the only sound was the rustling of the aspen leaves by the creek.

Meet the Author

Becky Citra is the author of over twenty books, ranging from early chapter books to novels for young adults. She was an elementary schoolteacher for over twenty–five years and began writing for children in 1995. Becky's books have been shortlisted for and won many awards, including the Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow, the Silver Birch and the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. For more information, visit www.beckycitra.com.

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Never to be Told 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
never to be told is a very different book.i never liked ghost books actually loved this book one i loved asia's chacter and how the letters about miranda this book is very good .
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Asia, twelve, loves living on the farm in Cold Creek with Ira and Maddy. But when Ira suddenly has a heart attack, her whole world is turned upside down. Asia also doesn't know what to think about the ghost, Miranda, who lives at the old abandoned farm next door.

Now, though, she'll have to leave the only family she's ever known and move to West Vancouver, to the home of her long-lost grandmother.

In West Vancouver, Asia finds out that she has aunts, uncles, and last but not least, annoying cousins named Sierra and Ben. The cousins, of course, want to spend all of their time with their "new" cousin. But one day, while leaving the library with Sierra, Asia finds herself looking for the diary of an elderly woman named Mary Wintergreen.

Will the diary reveal a connection between Mary Wintergreen and the ghost, Miranda?

What will happen to Ira, who is still in the hospital?

NEVER TO BE TOLD is an outstanding book! This is a great mystery story with lots of twists and turns. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in ghosts or mysteries, because this novel sure does take you on a windy roller-coaster ride!