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A House Without Mirrors TRA Edition
Contributor(s): Sanden, Marten, Schulman, Moa (Illustrator), Altenberg, Karin (Translator)
ISBN: 1782691219     ISBN-13: 9781782691211
Publisher: Pushkin Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.74  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: March 2017
Annotation: Enduring months in a dusty ancestral house where her elderly aunt is slowly dying while her father withdraws into grief, Thomasine and her youngest cousin discover a wardrobe filled with magical mirrors. By the author of the Petrini Detectives series.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cousins; Fiction.
Mirrors; Fiction.
Ghosts; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017007424
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.36 lbs) 176 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Mårten Sandén was born in Stockholm in 1962 and spent most of his childhood in the university town of Lund, in southern Sweden. He has been writing, in one way or another, more or less full-time since his early twenties.

Starting out as a professional songwriter for music publishers in Europe and the US, Sanden began writing children's books in the mid-1990s. The Petrini Detectives, a series of mysteries for Middle Readers, was launched in 1999. Since then, he has written around thirty more children's books, ranging from picture books to novels for Young Adults. His work has been translated into Danish, German, Russian and English.

Marten Sanden is a member of The Swedish Academy of Children's Book Writers and The Swedish Crime Writers' Academy.

He lives in Stockholm with his wife and daughter.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 March)

Gr 5–8—Twelve-year-old Thomasine and her family have taken up an unwilling vigil in the dark, silent, and nearly empty home of her great-great-aunt Henrietta. As the days pass slowly by, the adults bicker and the children roam the house endlessly, while they wait for Henrietta to pass away. But when the youngest cousin finds a locked cabinet filled with all the mirrors that are missing from the house, Thomasine and her family are transported to a miraculous place, a world where they may confront their fears and sadness and regain the happiness they've lost. Thomasine and her family are all deeply and richly realized characters. While they are physically present in the sprawling house, there is a vast distance among them, and their loneliness and sorrow permeate the story. The prose is delicate and deftly conveys complicated emotions, and the black-and-white illustrations in each chapter add welcome, surreal imagery to the tale. Grief is portrayed with simple and touching accuracy. The magical elements are not fully explained, they do help the characters grow and change for the better. VERDICT A worthy purchase for medium and large collections.—Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library

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