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The Girl Behind the Glass

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The house on Hemlock Road used to be someone's home. Until something happened. Something that even after 80 years, can never be forgotten or forgiven . . . .

Eleven-year-old twins Hannah and Anna agree about everything—especially that they don't want to move to the creepy old house on Hemlock Road. But as soon as they move into the house, the twins start disagreeing for the first time in their lives. In fact, it's almost as though something or someone is trying to drive them apart. While Anna settles in, Hannah can't ignore the strange things that keep happening on Hemlock Road. Why does she sense things that no one else in the family does?  Like when the hemlock branch outside waves shush, shush. Or at night, if she listens hard enough, it's almost as though someone is trying to talk to her. Someone no one else can hear. Someone angry enough to want revenge. Hannah, are you listening? Is the house haunted? Is Hannah crazy? Or does something in the house want her as a best friend—forever?

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From Publishers Weekly

Jun 13, 2011 – Both chilling and lyrical, Kelley's second novel is a ghost story with a cryptic narrator whose identity gradually comes into focus. Hannah and Anna Zimmer, 11-year-old twins, reluctantly move with their family from their beloved Brooklyn to a creepy house on Hemlock Road. Right away, the siblings are unnerved by bizarre disturbances: a haunted closet, mysterious winds, bats in the attic, and a faint voice. The twins initially plot to use the house's eccentricities to terrorize their older sister, Selena, but while Anna begins to adjust to their new life and school, Hannah does not, becoming resentful and committed to deciphering the house's mysteries. As befits a story swirling with familial secrets and betrayals, the tensions within the Zimmer family are especially well-observed, and Kelley (Nature Girl) conveys an impressive amount of emotion with few words. The ethereal tone and steady parceling out of warning, clues, and bits of information ("And yet something had happened in the shadow of those rocks. It changed the place forever. It could never be forgiven") maintain the novel's intrigue and will keep readers invested in the unfolding mystery. Ages 9 12.

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The Girl Behind the Glass
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Horror, Monsters & Ghosts
  • Published: Aug 09, 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 192 Pages
  • Language: English
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