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PaperQuake: A Puzzle
Kathryn Reiss
015216782X
March 2002
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8AEighth-grader Violet, a triplet, is fragile and plain compared to her two popular sisters. Suddenly, she begins discovering mysterious messages from the time of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Old letters and diary entries refer to a girl named "V," who strangely resembles Violet herself in the 1990s, and there are hints that something terrible happened to "V" nearly 100 years ago. As the clues build up, Violet gradually figures out that she is being sent a warning from the past and fears for her life. The messages make Violet stand out from her sisters, and she discovers strength and resourcefulness she never knew she had. The story begins slowly as the various plot elements are laid out. As the clues start to come together, Violet's experiences become more absorbing. The repeated discoveries...


Paint by Magic
Kathryn Reiss
0152049258
August 2003
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Connor Chase and his sister lead an overscheduled life with two successful working parents. Meals consist of fast foods and microwave dinners, and homework is completed by the light of TV or video games. Then one day he comes home to find that his mother has gotten rid of the televisions, computers, and extra phones in the house, and is actually cooking dinner. Even stranger are her weird clothes, old-fashioned haircut, and the art book she tries to keep hidden, which, as Connor discovers, shows her as the model for pictures by a long-dead painter, Fitzgerald Cotton. When she starts having strange seizurelike episodes that leave her frozen and terrified, Connor grabs the book and is thrown back in time to 1924 to the studio and home of Cotton, where he finds the man painting his mother in the same...


Time Windows
Kathryn Reiss
0152023992
September 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Miranda can't explain her fascination with the dollhouse in the attic of her family's big, old house--no one would believe that she has discovered a time machine that allows her to see into the sometimes frightening lives of her house's previous occupants. But when her family begins to mirror the dollhouse family's ugly behavior, Miranda must act quickly to prevent disaster. Reiss puts a new twist on time travel in this suspenseful first novel. Reminiscent of The Indian in the Cupboard in its validation of children's play, this intricately woven ghost story pits its heroine against the forces of child abuse and untimely death in a deft, entertaining and inventive style. Ages 10-up. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Paint by Magic
Kathryn Reiss
0152163611
May 2002
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Connor Chase and his sister lead an overscheduled life with two successful working parents. Meals consist of fast foods and microwave dinners, and homework is completed by the light of TV or video games. Then one day he comes home to find that his mother has gotten rid of the televisions, computers, and extra phones in the house, and is actually cooking dinner. Even stranger are her weird clothes, old-fashioned haircut, and the art book she tries to keep hidden, which, as Connor discovers, shows her as the model for pictures by a long-dead painter, Fitzgerald Cotton. When she starts having strange seizurelike episodes that leave her frozen and terrified, Connor grabs the book and is thrown back in time to 1924 to the studio and home of Cotton, where he finds the man painting his mother in the same...


Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Ghost Story
Kathryn Reiss
0152054715
September 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8–After Zibby is mysteriously compelled to spend all of the money that she had been saving for inline skates on an old dollhouse, she discovers that it is inhabited by a malicious doll that seems bent on causing harm to the 12-year-old, her family, and her friends. This doll is the ghost of Miss Honeywell, a cruel and bitter woman who was once the governess of young Primrose, the original owner of the dollhouse in 1919. As the entity becomes more powerful, Zibby and her friends try to solve the mystery of the dollhouse before her family is destroyed. This theme has been explored in many books, including Betty Ren Wright's shorter but more chilling The Dollhouse Murders (Holiday, 1983). The story begins strongly with an air of menace, but the suspense isn't maintained throughout the rather long...


Strange Case of Baby H, Vol. 18
Kathryn Reiss
1584855339
October 1902
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7-Set amid the rubble and confusion of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, this story is full of suspense and action. Clara, 12, and her family are awakened in the early morning to a damaged home, but one that, miraculously, remains standing. In the aftermath of chaos and fire, she finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep. The mystery deepens when she discovers that the infant is really a girl who has been disguised as a boy. As Clara and her family care for her, they soon discover that the child had been kidnapped and is in danger. The plot unfolds smoothly and builds to a satisfying conclusion. Mystery fans will be hooked by the daring rescues, escapes, and sinister criminals. Details about the earthquake are seamlessly incorporated into the narrative, giving it a real context. A well-done afterword...


Blackthorn Winter
Kathryn Reiss
0152054790
Jan 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up–Broken into its components, this book promises a great mystery: a teenaged heroine with tragic buried memories beginning to resurface; a cold, windswept winter in a colorless English seaside town; a pushy, witchlike busybody mysteriously murdered; a cute guy next door; and two warmly lovable younger siblings for comic relief. Unfortunately, the author has difficulty balancing the plot, the necessary explanations of background, a mysterious tone, and her narrators character. I have a memory problem, Juliana confesses, but it takes another 58 pages of meeting new characters and having strange, weird feelings before she finally tells readers what the problem is and muses upon why she has it. The wonderfully visceral setting and intriguing cast of characters almost make up for the baffling...


Riddle of the Prairie Bride, Vol. 12
Kathryn Reiss
1584853085
March 1901
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From School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-It's a joyous occasion when a mail-order bride arrives for Ida Kate's Papa, but an uneasy feeling descends when Caroline Fairchild has the wrong color hair and is shorter than expected. With the encouragement of a friend, the child finds increasing evidence that the bride is not who she claims to be. Clues pile up and in the midst of a spring blizzard with her father on a trip to town, the 12-year-old has to decide whether her family is in danger and what to do about it. This is a simple mystery with little suspense since it is obvious from the first that "Caroline" is kind, witty, and capable. The details of life on the Kansas prairie in 1878 help to ground the story, but the blandness of the characters and clear outcome from the beginning leave little to capture readers' interest. This series entry...


Dreadful Sorry
Kathryn Reiss
0152050876
May 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Readers with a craving for supernatural romance will not find much satisfaction in this dry and predictable tale. Though outwardly a well-adjusted teenager, Molly suffers from severe hydrophobia and is plagued by an eerie recurring dream; both these conditions are aggravated when Jared, her love-interest-to-be, throws her into a swimming pool and she nearly drowns. Then Molly arrives to spend the summer in the small Maine town where her father and new stepmother have recently set up house, and things go from bad to worse. Not only does the ever-persistent Jared show up, but the strangely familiar town itself brings on a series of rather tepid waking visions in which Molly believes herself to be Clementine, a shallowly depicted and unpleasant girl who lived at the turn of the century. With the help of her New Age...


Glass House People
Kathryn Reiss
0152012931
September 1996
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10-- In the first chapter, Beth is crammed into the back seat of the car on a six-day cross-country trip with her mother and brother, bitterly bemoaning the dreary summer ahead at her estranged grandparents' house. Unfortunately for readers, summer is indeed interminable, and suspense and mystery never really keep the pages turning. Beth's mother is facing the demons that made her leave home at 17--the accidental death of a man she loved, her sister's fiance. Each sister blames the other for the ``murder,'' and the plot consists of uncovering the secrets from the past. All is tied up rather cavalierly at the end, with their father--Beth's grandfather--pretending he is responsible so the sisters can quit fighting. By that time, readers will have long abandoned the story: the red herrings are pink, the...


Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge
Kathryn Reiss
0152165746
June 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8–After Zibby is mysteriously compelled to spend all of the money that she had been saving for inline skates on an old dollhouse, she discovers that it is inhabited by a malicious doll that seems bent on causing harm to the 12-year-old, her family, and her friends. This doll is the ghost of Miss Honeywell, a cruel and bitter woman who was once the governess of young Primrose, the original owner of the dollhouse in 1919. As the entity becomes more powerful, Zibby and her friends try to solve the mystery of the dollhouse before her family is destroyed. This theme has been explored in many books, including Betty Ren Wright's shorter but more chilling The Dollhouse Murders (Holiday, 1983). The story begins strongly with an air of menace, but the suspense isn't maintained throughout the rather long...


Pale Phoenix
Kathryn Reiss
0152049274
August 2003
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9-In her new time-travel adventure featuring 15-year-old Miranda Browne (heroine of Time Windows [Harcourt, 1991]), Reiss creates an intriguing situation: a 13-year-old girl, caught outside of time in 1693 when her family home burns, is doomed to go on living for centuries without growing older. When Abby appears as a lonely new student at Miranda's school, the Brownes invite her to stay with them. At first resentful of Abby's presence, Miranda begins to suspect that there is something strange about her. Where does Abby go when she disappears, and why can only Miranda hear her crying? What part does a mysterious stone whistle play in Abby's story? In the end, it takes a frightening journey back in time to resolve Abby's problems. The story contains appealing elements: hints of witchcraft, a glimpse...

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