The Blackhope Enigma
By Teresa Flavin
Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763656942, 280pp.
Publication Date: August 9, 2011
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An ancient painting, a magical labyrinth, and skeletons found in a locked room.
For centuries, Blackhope Tower has been shrouded in intrigue, centering on a labyrinth and painting in the Mariner's Chamber. When fourteen-year-old Sunni Forrest visits the tower and sees her stepbrother, Dean, disappear, seemingly into the painting itself, she must find him and risk being drawn into the heart of the Blackhope enigma. This action-packed debut follows Dean, Sunni, and her friend Blaise on a journey to the heart of an age-old mystery.
Sunni and her stepbrother Dean enter a labyrinth and are transported into the exciting-and treacherous- layers of a 16th-century Italian painting, where swashbuckling, map reading, monster dodging, and romance are routine.
—Scholastic Parent & Child
Flavin's novel is full of twists and unique characterization; these characters keep the reader wondering who can be trusted. The book is fast-paced and full of mystery and fantasy-a good combination for young readers.
—Library Media Connection