Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Drowned Maiden's Hair...

Written by Laura Amy Schlitz

Publisher's Note: "People throw the word 'classic' about a lot, but A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR genuinely deserves to become one." — WALL STREET JOURNAL

Maud Flynn is known at the orphanage for her impertinence. So when the charming Miss Hyacinth chooses her to take home, the girl is pleased but baffled, until it becomes clear that she’s needed to help stage elaborate séances for bereaved patrons. As Maud is drawn deeper into the deception, playing her role as a "secret child," she is torn between her need to please and her growing conscience —- until a shocking betrayal shows just how heartless her so-called guardians are. Filled with fascinating details of turn-of-the-century spiritualism and page-turning suspense, this lively novel features a feisty heroine whom readers will not soon forget.

Mandi's Review:  This book is reminiscent of Joan Aiken's Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I love books that have that old-timey feel to them and this one definitely takes you back to the turn of the century with it's clear descriptions and page-turning suspense. Filled with suspense and a bit of the supernatural, I thought this book was a great read for ages 11 and up. The character, Maud, is a very complex and believable character. The villain is equally endearing, which makes this book so unique. There are surprising twists that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. You won't want to put it down. I give A Drowned Maiden's Hair 4 out of 5 stars! 

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