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The Vespertine
Contributor(s): Mitchell, Saundra
ISBN: 0547721935     ISBN-13: 9780547721934
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: March 2012
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Annotation: During the summer of 1889, Amelia travels to Baltimore to live with her wealthy cousin and to find a husband, but soon after her arrival she begins having strange visions of the future that put everything at risk.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Spiritualists; Fiction.
Prophecies; Fiction.
Courtship; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2012008451
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.70 lbs) 313 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 143381
Reading Level: 5.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q71897
Reading Level: 6.3   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 15.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
Sent to Baltimore in 1889 to enjoy the season and to find a husband, Amelia instead discovers a gift for seeing visions--and begins a romance with an inappropriate young man. Through Amelia's first-person narrative, readers navigate a world governed by etiquette and an equally inexplicable supernatural one. The atmosphere in this paranormal romance is eerie and appealing. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 April)

Gr 9 Up—This is a lush, dark Southern Gothic novel written with a richness of language that nearly smothers the tale of magic and romance at its heart. In spring 1889, 17-year-old Amelia is sent from her small Maine town to spend the year in big-city Baltimore with the intention that she will behave as a proper young lady and meet an appropriate beau. Enter the mysterious, brooding artist Nathaniel (who is not "of their set"), a boy-crazy cousin, sumptuous fabrics and bodice-baring fashions, and top it all off with Amelia's newfound ability to see portents of the future in the setting sun. The protagonist is a bit of a wet dishrag, the dramatic tragedy that Mitchell's prose so direly portends is disappointingly tame, and the titillation doesn't go beyond searing smooches. But the pervasively descriptive and evocative language combines with period vocabulary and detail to create a mood piece one would never want to deny romance-pining schoolgirls, to wit: "Though I peered yet at the sky, a warm, ornate pattern traced my skin, the traverse of his glance." The book is similar in many ways—though more fantasy than horror, and of a different era—to Mary Hooper's Newes from the Dead (Roaring Brook, 2008).—Rhona Campbell, formerly at Washington, DC Public Library

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