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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden - Helen Grant
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
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 Not since The Elegance of the Hedgehog has a book arrived in America from Europe on such wings of critical praise and popularity. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is an unforgettable debut—at once chilling and endearing, haunting and richly insightful—the story of one girl’s big heart and even... show more
 Not since The Elegance of the Hedgehog has a book arrived in America from Europe on such wings of critical praise and popularity. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is an unforgettable debut—at once chilling and endearing, haunting and richly insightful—the story of one girl’s big heart and even bigger imagination, and of a world full of mystery, good, and evil. It isn’t ten-year-old Pia’s fault that her grandmother dies in a freak accident. But tell that to the citizens of Pia’s little German hometown of Bad Münstereifel, or to the classmates who shun her. The only one who still wants to be her friend is StinkStefan, the most unpopular child in school.But then something else captures the community’s attention: the vanishing of Katharina Linden. Katharina was last seen on a float in a parade, dressed as Snow White. Then, like a character in a Grimm’s fairy tale, she disappears. But, this being real life, she doesn’t return.Pia and Stefan suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by the instructive—and cautionary—local legends told to them by their elderly friend Herr Schiller, tales such as that of Unshockable Hans, visited by witches in the form of cats, or of the knight whose son is doomed to hunt forever.Then another girl disappears, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy tales—and perilously close to adulthood. Marvelously morbid, stunningly suspenseful, and exceptionally winning, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is a new coming-of-age classic, and the most accomplished fiction debut in years.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385344173 (0385344171)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages no: 281
Edition language: English
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Enwrapped in Pages
Enwrapped in Pages rated it
4.0 The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel
A very enjoyable mystery story.
M.W. Gerard
M.W. Gerard rated it
4.0 The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel
Very enjoyable read. My entire review is here:http://cineastesbookshelf.blogspot.com/2011/07/review-vanishing-of-katharina-linden-by.html
Reading Room
Reading Room rated it
3.0 The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
I saw someone refer to this book as horror and I would say that it is NOT horror. It is the story of something horrible that happened in a small German town as told through the eyes of one of it's resident children. I don't really think there is anything "new" to this story. There's a mystery and...
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
3.0
This book was a really cute book, but it was really quirky. I am not sure with the storyline and writing style why it wasn't considered a young adult book though. It was still an enjoyable, light read.
That's What She Read
That's What She Read rated it
3.0 The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel
Set in Germany, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden has all the hallmarks of a fairy tale. In fact, Pia and Stefan remind me of Hansel and Gretel, trying to solve an adult's problem at the age of ten. The German setting adds a certain charm to the entire novel. Ms. Grant does a tremendous job of d...
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