Synopses & Reviews
From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.
Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.
Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it... but they can’t.
Arthur is also new to the boarding house. His fate is tied to that of Cora, Minnie, Thomas, and Charles. He knows what darkness circles them, but can’t say why, and doesn’t even know if they can be saved.
Sinister forces are working in the shadows, manipulating fates and crafting conspiracies. The closer Cora, Minnie, Arthur, Thomas, and Charles get to the truth, the closer they get to harm. But the threat is much bigger than they can see. It is strangling the world.
Until one of the boys decides he wants to save it.
Told in an astonishing mix of art and words, In the Shadows collides past against future, love against evil, and hope against fear. The result is both a mystery and a masterpiece.
A chilling and provocative tour de force from New York Times
bestselling author Kiersten White and illustrator Jim Di Bartolo.
Two sisters living in a sleepy Maine town hope for very different things. Sixteen-year-old Cora wants nothing more than to move past the wild emotions of her youth, while fifteen-year-old Minnie wishes everything in her life felt as magical as the Gothic novels she devours. Both girls are intrigued by Arthur, the boy with no past but an abundance of mysteries, living in their boarding house.
When two new boarders — Thomas and Charles, brothers the girls' own age — arrive unexpectedly amidst their own veil of secrecy, the beckoning night pulls the teens out of the house and into a mystery. But as the new friends grow closer, their adventure takes a turn for the worse. Something sinister is happening in their sleepy town, and the teens must uncover the truth about its shadowy history — before the menacing past of one of their own catches up to them.
About the Author
Kiersten White is the New York Times
bestselling author of numerous novels for young adults. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego. While she spends most of her time in the sun, she still courts the occasional shadow. Visit her online at www.kierstenwhite.com.
Jim Di Bartolo is a mixed media illustrator, a painter, and a visual storyteller. In his freelance career he has illustrated novels, comic books, and role-playing games. His upcoming collaborative novel with Kiersten White entitled In the Shadows will be released from Scholastic on April 29th, 2014. He and his wife, the author Laini Taylor, have also collaborated on several books, and their most recent joint-effort, Lips Touch: Three Times, was a National Book Award finalist. He lives in Portland, Oregon with Laini and their daughter and can be found online at www.jimdibartolo.com Chances are, he should be getting more sleep.