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A NORTHERN LIGHT
Genre: Historical Romance
Jennifer Donnelly mixes a sensational true-life murder with a compelling and original coming-of-age story in her first novel for young adults, A NORTHERN LIGHT, set in 1906.
This rich, beautifully written page-turner reminds us that just because a book is written for a younger audience doesn't mean it shouldn'tand can'tbe held to the same high standards as adult fiction.
Sixteen-year-old Mattie is a girl who is forced to act like an adult
Mattie is one of the most charming characters of recent young adult
But when the body of young Grace Brown, a guest at the inn where Mattie is working a summer job, is found in the lake, Mattie's view of what is right for her changes drastically.
You'll have a hard time deciding which story is more interesting
The action and suspense in this beautifully crafted novel are nonstop. The tough decisions Mattie must make will have your own heart tugged in
A NORTHERN LIGHT is not some fluffy "will she get the guy in
Reviewed By: Taylor Morris
Published: April 2003