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Ten-year-old Pia Kolvenbach is smart, resourceful, brave, and wise beyond her years. When young girls start disappearing in her tiny German town, Pia is desperate to know the cause. She discovers that the vanishings echo others from the distant past. Pia reluctantly teams up with classmate Stephan — known as StinkStephan — and they begin to unravel the current mystery, which also unravels the past mystery.    There are a couple of scenes which are gruesome and uncomfortable to read, and the subject matter is dire, but the novel never loses it's light touch. Grant is quite deft at dancing the line between too real and not real enough — quite a feat in this instance. This novel is a great, smart, intriguing read; the characters are well developed and the story crackles with suspense. I highly recommend it!
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Not since The Elegance of the Hedgehog has a book arrived in America from Europe on such wings of critical praise and popularity. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is an unforgettable debut—at once chilling and endearing, haunting and richly insightful—the story of one girl’s big heart and even bigger imagination, and of a world full of mystery, good, and evil.

 

It isn’t ten-year-old Pia’s fault that her grandmother dies in a freak accident. But tell that to the citizens of Pia’s little German hometown of Bad Münstereifel, or to the classmates who shun her. The only one who still wants to be her friend is StinkStefan, the most unpopular child in school.

But then something else captures the community’s attention: the vanishing of Katharina Linden. Katharina was last seen on a float in a parade, dressed as Snow White. Then, like a character in a Grimm’s fairy tale, she disappears. But, this being real life, she doesn’t return.

Pia and Stefan suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by the instructive—and cautionary—local legends told to them by their elderly friend Herr Schiller, tales such as that of Unshockable Hans, visited by witches in the form of cats, or of the knight whose son is doomed to hunt forever.

Then another girl disappears, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy tales—and perilously close to adulthood.

Marvelously morbid, stunningly suspenseful, and exceptionally winning, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is a new coming-of-age classic, and the most accomplished fiction debut in years.

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After Pia’s grandmother dies in a freak accident, the neighbors in her little German hometown of Bad Münstereifel glance at Pia with wary eyes. But then something else captures the community’s attention: the vanishing of Katharina Linden. Katharina was last seen at a parade, dressed as Snow White. Then, like a character in a Grimm’s fairy tale, she disappeared. Ten-year-old Pia and her only friend, the unpopular StinkStefan, suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by such local legends as that of Unshockable Hans, visited by witches in the form of cats, or of the knight whose son is doomed to hunt forever. Then another girl vanishes, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy tales—and perilously close to adulthood.

About the Author

Helen Grant was born in London. She read classics at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, and then worked in marketing for ten years in order to fund her love of traveling. In 2001 she and her family moved to Bad Münstereifel in Germany, and while exploring the legends of this beautiful town she was inspired to write her first novel. She now lives in Brussels with her husband, her two children, and a small German cat. Delacorte Press will publish her second novel, The Glass Demon, in 2011.

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gooser114, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by gooser114)
In a small town in Germany little girls begin to vanish. The main character, an eleven year old girl with a past that ostracizing her from her peers, begins searching for these missing girls. The history and folk stories of the town are weaved in and provides clues for the current mystery at hand. Searching for where the girls have gone and who is responsible brings old suspicions to the surface and divides that town. The story is a fun read. It has an almost supernatural mystery feel to it while maintaining a real world aspect. At times I wanted to slap the main character for being so difficult in situations, but overall it was an enjoyable read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385344180
Author:
Grant, Helen
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.65 in 0.5 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Ten-year-old Pia Kolvenbach is smart, resourceful, brave, and wise beyond her years. When young girls start disappearing in her tiny German town, Pia is desperate to know the cause. She discovers that the vanishings echo others from the distant past. Pia reluctantly teams up with classmate Stephan — known as StinkStephan — and they begin to unravel the current mystery, which also unravels the past mystery.    There are a couple of scenes which are gruesome and uncomfortable to read, and the subject matter is dire, but the novel never loses it's light touch. Grant is quite deft at dancing the line between too real and not real enough — quite a feat in this instance. This novel is a great, smart, intriguing read; the characters are well developed and the story crackles with suspense. I highly recommend it!

"Synopsis" by , After Pia’s grandmother dies in a freak accident, the neighbors in her little German hometown of Bad Münstereifel glance at Pia with wary eyes. But then something else captures the community’s attention: the vanishing of Katharina Linden. Katharina was last seen at a parade, dressed as Snow White. Then, like a character in a Grimm’s fairy tale, she disappeared. Ten-year-old Pia and her only friend, the unpopular StinkStefan, suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by such local legends as that of Unshockable Hans, visited by witches in the form of cats, or of the knight whose son is doomed to hunt forever. Then another girl vanishes, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy tales—and perilously close to adulthood.
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