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The Prince of Mistby Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Set during WWII, The Prince of Mist is a dark and atmospheric ghost story that is bound to enthrall. Young Max Carver is none to pleased when his father announces that the family is moving to the country. Unexpectedly, however, Max soon settles happily into the little coastal town where his family has moved — if only he didn't have to contend with the malevolent cat his younger sister has adopted and the creepy garden next door. Also, he's beginning to fear that his house may be haunted by the ghost of a child that lived there years ago. There's a mystery to be solved and Max is determined to solve it. An award-winning international bestseller, The Prince of Mist is recommended for readers 12 and up.
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It's war time, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they've recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son, who died by drowning.
With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince of Mist — a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden — an adventure that will change their lives forever.
"Originally published in 1993, Ruiz Zafn's (The Shadow of the Wind) first novel, unavailable in English in the U.S. until now, is a melancholy horror tale that explores the implications parents' choices can have for their children. During WWII, Max and Alicia Carver, 13 and 15, move with their family to a coastal Spanish village and meet an older local boy named Roland. As the three spend their time diving and exploring the town, they become aware that an unsettling force is lurking nearby. Visits to Roland's adoptive grandfather fill in the story of the Prince of Mist, who has been bargaining for souls for decades. As the children learn more about the mysterious figure, they find themselves in greater danger. In gorgeously translated prose, Ruiz Zafn maintains a sweet, believable relationship among the characters when dealing with mundane concerns (a conflict over cleaning out a room full of spiders could be taken from any contemporary family film), but still conveys a sense of adventure and danger. The bittersweet ending suits the theme and setting, offering both hope and tragedy without any pretense of fairness. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"From the first page, the reader is drawn into the mystery and suspense that the young people encounter.... This book can be read and enjoyed by every level of reader." VOYA
From the author of the adult bestsellers Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game comes an atmospheric, adventurous YA ghost story about a mysterious house that harbors an unimaginable secret.
About the Author
Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of The Shadow of the Wind and other novels, is one of the world's most read and best-loved writers. His work has been translated into more than forty languages and published around the world, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles.
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