Season of Secrets

Season of Secrets

Book - 2011
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Sent by their father to live in the country with their grandparents after the sudden death of their mother, Molly's older sister Hannah expresses her grief in a raging rebellion while imaginative Molly finds herself increasingly distracted by visions, that seemingly only she can see, of a strange hunt in the nearby forest.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011, c2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780545218269
0545218268
9780545218252
054521825X
Characteristics: 225 p. ; 22 cm

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 09, 2012

“My dad’s shirts are always stiff and clean and white; you button him up all the way to his throat and there he is, locked up safe and going nowhere.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 09, 2012

“Hannah is one and half years older than me, yet she takes up about one and a half million times more space.”

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 09, 2012

Much of this story has been seen before in some sense, but Nicholls puts her own very unique spin on the storytelling. The result is a powerful look at love, nature, the seasons, family, and home.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 09, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 09, 2012

Since Molly and Hannah’s mother died they’ve been handling it as best they could. Their father, however, has not been handling it well. Not a jot. So distraught is he by the loss of his wife, in fact, that he sends his two daughters off to live with their grandparents in the country. One night Molly is witness to a frightening vision of a man run down by a pack of dogs and a horned man on a horse. In the ensuing days she tries to tell others, to no avail, then discovers the man in a nearby shed. She cannot nurse or help him, but she can learn as much as she can about him and what exactly he is. As she does, her father is drawn more and more into her life with her sister, though it takes him many tries and many mistakes before any progress can be made. The return of her father and the eventual destruction of the man come together in such a way as to give rise to winter, and the ensuing, beautiful, spring.

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