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THE VANISHING ACT OF KATHARINA LINDEN By: Helen Grant August 18, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.
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     I was thoroughly enthralled by this inventive coming-of-age novel that is artfully braided with German folklore. It is literary fiction at its finest — a unique story told in beautiful and masterful prose. Ten year old Pia is a fascinating protagonist, and her insight and imagination are completely charming. Pia is suddenly shunned by her classmates when her grandmother dies in a freak accident and she becomes “the girl whose grandmother exploded.” She is befriended by classmate StinkStefan, another outcast, just as children start disappearing from her German hometown, Bad Munstereifel.  The two children join forces, determined to solve the mystery of these disappearances, and others like them that had occurred in the town decades ago. I can’t say much, out of  fear of revealing too much of the plot, but I will say this book is pure magic and an absolute delight.

      I can’t wait to read Helen Grant’s next book — THE GLASS DEMON, slated for publication in 2011. Something tells me I have a new author on my list of favorites.

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