smirati, September 18, 2012 (view all comments by smirati)
This is a wonderful coming of age story about a girl in the early 1900's. The story flashes back and forth between the past and the present day. It is also a great story of lose, happiness and love. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a book with a strong female lead and a sweet story.
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Tracy Bock, July 15, 2008 (view all comments by Tracy Bock)
A novel that is both gripping and touching that will appeal to Historical fiction fans young and old alike. Jennifer Donnelly is such an amazing author, her stories are so rich in detail and characterization. The Northern Light is a book you will keep on your bookshelf for years to come!
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NotteVolpe, November 1, 2007 (view all comments by NotteVolpe)
I love reading, but I've never read a book like this. I must have read it 5 times already. I can't wait to read more books by Jennifer Donnelly.
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jumpergirl3005, July 30, 2007 (view all comments by jumpergirl3005)
I have read around one hundred books. Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light is one of my absolute favorites! I can't wait to read more books from this author. She has a wonderful gift and will take you back in time to an American tragedy. Grace Brown will haunt your thoughts after reading this book.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Davis adds to an audiobook oeuvre distinguished by her skill at portraying young heroines with great emotional depth. Here she steps into the character of 16-year-old Mattie Gokey, the determined, likable protagonist of Donnelly's first YA novel, inspired by a 1906 murder in New York state. A gifted student, Mattie has an ear for words and a desire to become a writer. But college — and a writing career — seem out of the question, as Mattie has promised to fulfill her late mother's dying wish: that Mattie never leave her father and younger siblings. The picture brightens when Mattie's family comes to support her dreams and she takes work at a hotel for the summer. However, when a young woman staying at the hotel drowns mysteriously, after secretly entrusting Mattie with a packet of her letters, the summer and Mattie's future take an intriguing turn. With her soft, slightly girlish voice, Davis makes Mattie thoroughly believable. Via Davis's interpretation, listeners will be captivated by Mattie's humor and wit as well as by the conflicted feelings she experiences on the cusp of womanhood. Davis's roster of distinct supporting characters helps anchor the story in its time and place, and the tale's true-crime roots add both suspense and gravity to the proceedings. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by USA Today,
"Donnelly has written a gripping coming-of-age-story."
by School Library Journal,
"A breathtaking tale."
Jennifer Donnelly's astonishing, Printz Honor-winning debut--the story of a young woman's coming-of-age and the murder that rocked turn-of-the-century America.
It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.
Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.
With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters. But when Grace's drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.
Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, Jennifer Donnelly's astonishing debut novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.
Includes a reader's guide and an interview with the author.
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