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The Dark Light (Sunburst Books)by Mette Newth
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When it was discovered that thirteen-year-old Tora has leprosy, she is sent from her family's remote mountain farm to the leprosy hospital in the bustling port of Bergen. In early-nineteenth-century Norway, lepers are quarantined in this hospital and no longer considered among the living. But even as her body gradually fails her, Tora's new life blossoms. She finds strength through helping her fellow patients, both young and old, and she decides to see for herself what the Bible says about leprosy. To do so, she must make friends with the young and angry Mistress Dybendal, the only person at the hospital who can teach her to read.As she did in The Abduction (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year), Mette Newth brings another era vividly to life and demonstrates the timeless nature of the search for identity and tolerance.
"A 13-year-old girl joins the ranks of the 'living dead' in an early-19th-century leprosy hospital in Norway. 'The heroine's morbid plight is heartrending but less pressing than her determination to extract meaning and even beauty from a seemingly cruel world,' wrote PW. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
While enduring a bleak existence in a hospital for lepers in Norway during the early 1800s, thirteen-year-old Tora tries to find meaning in a life surrounded by death.
About the Author
Mette Newth is an illustrator and translator, as well as the author of The Abduction and The Transformation. Formerly the director of the Norwegian Forum for Freedom of Expression, she is now head of the National College of Art in Oslo.
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