The Shadows (Hardcover)

By Jacqueline West

Dial Books for Young Readers, 9780803734401, 241pp.

Publication Date: June 15, 2010

Summer 2010 Kids' Next List

“An 11-year-old girl named, Olive, a pair of spectacles that allows her to climb into the paintings in her house and three clever talking cats are the core of this delightfully scary tale. As Olive's curiosity leads her to discover a menacing presence in her house, she isn't sure whom she should trust. But trust me, you don't want to miss this terrific opener in what is sure to be a grand new series!”
— Joyce Tiber, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
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Description

For fans of Pseudonymous Bosch, Coraline, and Septimus Heap comes the first book in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Books of Elsewhere series.

This house is keeping secrets . . .

When eleven-year-old Olive and her parents move into the crumbling mansion on Linden Street and find it filled with mysterious paintings, Olive knows the place is creepy--but it isn't until she encounters its three talking cats that she realizes there's something darkly magical afoot. Then Olive finds a pair of antique spectacles in a dusty drawer and discovers the most peculiar thing yet: She can travel inside the house's spooky paintings to a world that's strangely quiet . . . and eerily sinister. But in entering Elsewhere, Olive has been ensnared in a mystery darker and more dangerous than she could have imagined, confronting a power that wants to be rid of her by any means necessary. With only the cats and an unusual boy she meets in Elsewhere on her side, it's up to Olive to save the house from the shadows, before the lights go out for good.


About the Author

A two-time Pushcart nominee for poetry, Jacqueline West lives in Chilton, Wisconsin. This is her first novel.
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