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Tennysonby Lesley M. M. Blume
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It's 1932, the Depression. Things are evening out among people everywhere. Tennyson Fontaine and her sister Hattie live in a rickety shack of a house with their mother and father and their wild dog, Jos. There is no school, only a rope swing in the living room and endless games of hide-and-seek in the woods on the banks of the Mississippi. But when their mother disappears and their father sets off to find her, the girls find themselves whisked away to Aigredoux, once one of the grandest houses in Louisiana, and now a vine-covered ruin. Under the care of their austere Aunt Henrietta, who is convinced the girls will save the family's failing fortunes, Tennyson discovers the truth about Aigredoux, the secrets that have remained locked deep within its decaying walls. Caught in a strange web of time and history, Tennyson comes up with a plan to bring Aigreoux's past to light. But will it bring her mother home?
From the Hardcover edition.
Originally published: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, c2008.
“Brilliant, unusual writing.”—Chicago Tribune
On the banks of the Mississippi River, Tennyson Fontaine and her sister, Hattie, play endless games of hide-and-seek and make up fantastical stories about the latest adventures of their wild dog, Jos. But when their mother doesnt come home and their father sets off to find her, the sisters are whisked away to Aigredoux, the once-grand plantation of their ancestors, now in ruin.
Caught in a strange web of time, dreams, and history, Tennyson comes up with a plan to shine light on Aigredouxs past and bring her mother home. But like so many plans, Tennysons has unexpected consequences. . . .
Lesley M. M. Blume weaves a heartbreakingly evocative story, steeped in Southern lore, about a childs struggle to come to terms with her familys dark past.
A Book Sense Childrens Spring Pick
A 2008 Kirkus Reviews Top Pick for Reading Groups
About the Author
Lesley M. M. Blume is the critically acclaimed author of Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters and The Rising Star of Rusty Nail. She lives in New York City.
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