By Marcus Sedgwick
Many young adult books that I read are light and happy and involve some sort of romance. However, White Crow is the complete opposite of light and happy. It is dark, twisted, and haunting.
This book is set in a small seaside village called Winterfold in England during two time periods: present-day and 1798. In present-day Winterfold, sixteen year old Rebecca is reluctantly spending the summer with her dad, a former policeman caught up in a scandal. She meets Ferelith, a local girl who is known for her oddities. Throughout the summer, they explore the sinister history of the town and Rebecca learns that Ferelith has her own troubled history. In 1798 Winterfold, a local rector learns that a man named Dr. Barrieux is coming to town to live at Winterfold Hall. They soon form a twisted bond over the afterlife and attempt to form an experiment to find out what really happens when a person dies. These two stories weave into a suspenseful, horrific tale of good and evil. This is a page turner at its best!
I read this book in three hours and can still say it haunts me. It was that good! Some books that incorporate more than one point of view can be confusing, but Sedgwick ties the two voices together seamlessly. I should say that this book is not for the faint of heart or those who like light reads. Marcus Sedgwick is the author of several young adult books including Revolver, a Printz Honor Book.
The Name of the Star
by Maureen Johnson
Rory Deveaux leaves her small town in Louisiana to attend Wexford, a boarding school in East London. Her arrival in this new city happens to coincide with a series of strange murders that mirror those of Jack the Ripper. “Rippermania” grips the city as police try to find the copycat murderer.
Rory sees a strange man wandering the grounds of the school on the anniversary of one of the murders. This man is the police’s number one suspect. But Rory is the only one who saw him. Jazza, Rory’s roommate, was out walking with Rory, but never saw the man. Is Rory going crazy? Or is she the key to solving this mystery?
by Vera Brosgol
Anya is a teenager from a Russian immigrant family, but she just wants to be a normal American teen. She doesn’t want to go to her Orthodox church’s 4-hour services or be friends with nerdy Dima, another Russian immigrant student at her private school.
While sulking and walking through a park one afternoon, she loses her footing and falls deep into a well. When her eyes adjust to the darkness, she sees the ghost of a young girl is there to keep her company.
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by Marcus Sedgwick
It’s 1910 and in a frigid cabin sitting above the Arctic Circle, 15-year-old Sig sits with his father’s corpse on the kitchen table. Earlier that day, his father had driven his dog sled across a weak patch of ice and fell through, something he had always warned Sig not to do.
Sig is waiting for his sister and stepmother to return with men from the town who can take care of his father’s body. Before any of them get back, however, a giant stranger pounds on the cabin door and demands to be let in. He won’t leave until he gets what he came for: something Sig’s father stole from him 11 years ago.
This chilling book won a Michael L. Printz honor.