Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545434171 Paperback
384 Pages | 5.28" x 8.02" | Ages 12 & Up
Sarah Parsons has never seen Amber House, the grand Maryland estate that's been in her family for three centuries. She's never walked its hedge maze or found its secret chambers; she's never seen the shades that haunt it, or hunted for lost diamonds in its walls.
But all of that is about to change. After her grandmother passes away and her family moves in, Sarah and her friend Jackson decide to search for the diamonds-and the house comes alive. She discovers that she can see visions of the house's past, like the eighteenth-century sea captain who hid the jewels, or the glamorous great-grandmother driven mad by grief. She grows closer to both Jackson and a young man named Richard Hathaway, whose family histories are each deeply entwined with her own. But when the visions start to threaten the person she holds most dear, Sarah must do everything she can to get to the bottom of the house's secrets, and stop the course of history before it is cemented forever.
Raves & reviews:
* "Lush descriptions and an intricate plot drive this intense tale, which straddles the lines between magical realism, fantasy, ghost stories, and horror, with a touch of romance and classic glamour. The result is something rich, strange, and utterly fascinating." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Swift plotting combines with vivid, cinematic prose to make this gothic tale compulsively readable, and an unexpected ending elevates the story beyond the genre . . . Complex, elegant, and haunting, this is a book that deserves to be read in one sitting." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"Move over Bella Swan: Sarah is a strong, admirable character who'd rather speak her mind than sulk and sigh over some hot guy. Richly woven, with depth and swift plotting that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels." -Kirkus Reviews