An Acquaintance with Darkness (Hardcover)

By Ann Rinaldi

Harcourt Children's Books, 9780152012946, 304pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1997

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/1/2005)
Prebound (3/1/2005)
Paperback (4/1/1999)

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When her mother dies, fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush is forced to go live with her uncle Valentine. She is immediately suspicious of her uncle's unusual late-night activities and fears he may be involved with body-snatching, but every time she resolves to confront him, she is thrown off balance by something good he has done. When she stumbles upon the truth, the betrayal is more than she can bear. But when forced to put her emotions aside, Emily discovers that although her uncle is breaking the law, the risk he takes ultimately benefits mankind.

Praise For An Acquaintance with Darkness

Rinaldi has woven two interesting plots here into a fine coming-of-age historical novel....Makes readers feel as if they are living in history.—Booklist

Fast-paced and dramatic, with a wealth of interesting background information....Impressive.—Publishers Weekly

Deliciously macabre.—The Bulletin