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Publication Date: 3 May 2004
Subject: Younger teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 7, Year 8, Year 9)
AR: 4.5 UY
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A young girl in 1906 America finds that she holds clues to a sensational murder case.
Based on a real murder at the turn of the century, this outstanding debut novel is a powerful and moving coming-of-age book. Mattie is torn between her familial responsibilities, her desire to be a writer, and the excitement of her first romance. Her dilemmas and choices are quietly reflected in the life of a young woman found drowned in a lake, a woman that Mattie only gets to know through reading her letters.
When finally the tales of Mattie and the drowned girl merge, their stories beautifully combine in a brilliant and perfect conclusion.
NOTE : Grace Brown's story which counterpoints Mattie's is based on fact, and became one of the most sensational murder trials in New York's history.
NOTE : Winner of the 2003 Carnegie Medal. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Teen Novel award