Horrid / Katrina Leno.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Following her father's sudden death, Jane North-Robinson and her mother are forced to move to the old North house in Maine, where Jane uncovers her family's disturbing secrets.
    • Notes:
      Ages 14+. Little, Brown and Company.
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Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1

Jane North-Robinson has little interest in moving from her home in California to Maine, but her father's death sends her and her mother, Ruth, across the country to Ruth's hometown and the decrepit, abandoned family manor that she seems unhappy to see again. Jane tries to settle into a new routine, but North Manor makes her uneasy, and she's beginning to learn from people at school that there's more to its history, and to her family's history, than she ever knew. As she gets off on the wrong foot with the school's resident mean girl—one who's faced her own share of family tragedy—Jane struggles to suppress her own worst instincts; but the darkness within her is growing more powerful, and North Manor has its own agenda. Leno (You Must Not Miss, 2019) blends Agatha Christie and Shirley Jackson for a narrative that ranges from unsettling to genuinely terrifying. A sudden ending will leave readers gasping, and the deliberate descent through one girl's psyche is undeniably affecting. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 July #2

Moving to Bells Hollow, Maine, from Los Angeles is a shock to Jane, but after her father dies and her mother reveals they are broke, North Manor, formerly home to Jane's late grandmother, Emilia, is all they have left. Named "creep house" by the locals, North Manor has been shuttered for years, but its mysterious quirks (the pervasive smell of roses, doors opening on their own) are enough to unnerve Agatha Christie aficionado Jane. Despite new friends Alana and Susie, plus an after-school bookstore job, Jane is troubled by anger-fueled blackouts and out-of-body experiences, a high school bully who knows more about Jane's family than she does, and a mother oblivious to North Manor's peculiarities. Just as Jane starts to make peace with her home and new life, a shocking secret changes her. Leno (You Must Not Miss) permeates each scene with delicious frights: a piano plays by itself, unseen hands write words on a foggy mirror. Poetic descriptions create an uncanny atmosphere, and nods to cozy bookstores and classic mysteries will charm bibliophiles as Leno effectively mixes terror with grief. Ages 14–up. Agent: Wendy Schmalz, Wendy Schmalz Agency. (Sept.)

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