The Shadows

The Shadows

Large Print - 2010
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When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781410431394
Branch Call Number: WES
Characteristics: 267 p

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vv19
Jan 29, 2017

vv19 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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TrueCanadianGirl
Aug 28, 2016

TrueCanadianGirl thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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joycemas
Jul 02, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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burritoofradness
Apr 11, 2013

burritoofradness thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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DiSaronno
Feb 10, 2013

DiSaronno thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Mar 29, 2012

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vv19
Jan 29, 2017

A young girl moves to a strange home and discovers she is not alone. There are cats that can talk, paintings that move and strange magic happening in her home. Olive is on an adventure to discover all the secrets and make new friends along the way. Mystery and suspense as you read till the very end. Great for readers who love "Coraline".

'What is this for', I asked? I put a jar in my knapsack. Review by Taryn Whitemon.

KennyWan Feb 28, 2014

This book is amazing and I think you should read the whole series

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burritoofradness
Apr 11, 2013

This is an infinitely clever and quirky little book. I was surprised at how good it was. I'll admit, I was expecting it to be a little bit dorky, but honestly, adults could read this and get some measure of enjoyment out of it. I will warn anyone whose child wants to read this: there are some very, very frightening scenes involved here. I don't scare easily at all and some of the things in here gave me the heebie-jeebies.

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DiSaronno
Feb 10, 2013

My teacher read this book aloud to us in fourth grade and I really loved it. This book is a mix between mystery, action and adventure. It's perfect for anyone, really. This book is really great and I think you should read it because I know you'll love it. It's really for every reader.

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RavenGirl5
Mar 29, 2012

I like because Olive saves the house and makes new friends.

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joycemas
Jul 02, 2014

When eleven-year-old Olive and her parents move into the crumbling mansion on Linden Street and find it filled with mysterious paintings, Olive knows the place is creepy—but it isn’t until she encounters its three talking cats that she realizes there’s something darkly magical afoot. Then Olive finds a pair of antique spectacles in a dusty drawer and discovers the most peculiar thing yet: She can travel inside the house’s spooky paintings to a world that’s strangely quiet . . . and eerily sinister. But in entering Elsewhere, Olive has been ensnared in a mystery darker and more dangerous than she could have imagined, confronting a power that wants to be rid of her by any means necessary. With only the cats and an unusual boy she meets in Elsewhere on her side, it’s up to Olive to save the house from the shadows, before the lights go out for good.

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burritoofradness
Apr 11, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The scene in the attic and the one with the McMartin girl (I forgot her name) would be borderline terrifying for little kids.

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