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The secret of Nightingale Wood, Lucy Strange

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The secret of Nightingale Wood
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The secret of Nightingale Wood
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Lucy Strange
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eng
Summary
1919. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is too busy to pay any attention to Henrietta and the things she sees - or thinks she sees - in the shadows of their new home, Hope House. All alone, with only stories for company, Henry discovers that Hope House is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers in the trees beyond the garden. One night she ventures into the darkness of Nightingale Wood. What she finds there will change her whole world..
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  • Grades 5-8 /* Starred Review */ It’s 1919, and in the aftermath of the Great War, almost everything seems tattered by loss. Hen Abbott’s mother, however, is in particularly bad shape. It started with the death of Hen’s older brother, Robert, and continued with the birth of her baby sister, nicknamed Piglet. Seeking a “fresh start,” Hen’s father shuffles the family from London to Hope House, a slumping seaside estate flanked by forest. But Mama’s condition, an unspoken mixture of melancholy and withdrawal, is worsening, and when Hen’s father journeys abroad for work, Hen’s family is left at the mercy of callous Dr. Hardy, a keen proponent of mandatory bedrest and heavy sedatives. The circumstances are no doubt bleak, but Hen is not alone: at night, a golden glow from deep within the woods beckons her. Its unlikely source may help Hen save her mother—and transform her world. Eerily reminiscent of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s nineteenth-century short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, Strange’s debut achingly illuminates the horrors of the rest “cure,” as well as the enduring sting of profound grief. Yet, in defiant Hen—and her glittering, fairy tale–flecked imagination—Strange presents a worthy antidote to both. Interweaving bright, poetic prose with gothic imagery and deft allusions to literary classics, from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to John Keats’ “Bright Star,” Strange crafts a gorgeous, utterly enchanting classic of her own. -- Shemroske, Briana (Reviewed 9/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 2, p55)
  • Gr 5–7—It is 1919, and 12-year-old Henrietta and her family have just moved from London to Hope House in the country after the tragic death of her older brother. Henry's mother is shut up in her room, heavily medicated, and Henry's father leaves the country on business. Nanny Jane has Henry's baby sister, "Piglet," to manage, leaving Henry alone to read her books and explore the Nightingale Wood. Following a mysterious firelight, Henry meets a wild, witchy woman named Moth who lives in the woods and seems to want to help. Meanwhile, Dr. Hardy keeps upping Mother's medication and conspires to commit her to the Helldon mental institution and remove Piglet into his own care. Henry must find a way to save her mother, bring her father home, and protect Piglet, all while she solves the mystery within the Nightingale Wood. This is a haunting gothic tale of love, courage, healing, and family. The story deals with grief, PTSD, and mental health in a tender and moving way. Henry is a thoroughly lovable character, and the setting is dark and mysterious without being too scary. Strange has a wonderful way of evoking classic fairy tales and the love of books while keeping the mystery moving along. VERDICT An excellent addition to middle grade shelves, especially where readers crave atmospheric, slightly dark stories.—Terry Ann Lawler, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix --Terry Ann Lawler (Reviewed 11/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 11, p78)
  • /* Starred Review */ Set a year after the end of WWI, this compelling debut places imaginative 12-year-old narrator Henrietta “Hen” Abbott in an impossible situation. After the death of Hen’s brother, her father moves the family from London to the countryside, only to depart to the continent for work, leaving Hen’s mother struggling with mental illness and cared for by a sinister doctor. “Suddenly I felt dangerously alone,” Hen recounts. “Mama was ill and drugged. Father was not here. Doctor Hardy thought I was going mad, and Nanny Jane had become his spy.” She finds solace in the woods and meets a supposed witch (whom she dubs Moth) living in a caravan. The mystery surrounding this woman becomes a central thread, and her character extends needed kindness to Hen, supporting her efforts to save her family. Strange effectively weaves in fairy tales, poetry, and themes common to classic children’s literature, reflecting Hen’s love of books. A brave heroine propels this strong and richly layered novel, a memorable portrait of grief, resilience, and rebirth. Ages 8–12. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed 08/21/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 34, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Moving from London to the countryside, Henrietta, a 12-year-old white English girl, encounters mysterious secrets threatening to destroy her family.In the summer of 1919, Henry and her family arrive at Hope House, with its gardens and "wilderness of woodland," seeking a "fresh start." Unwell since her son's recent death, Henry's mother immediately collapses; local Dr. Hardy sedates and confines her in a locked room. Simultaneously, Henry's father exits abroad for his job, leaving Henry and her baby sister with their nanny. Alone, Henry spends days rereading familiar books and fairy tales and nights reliving the terrifying fire that killed the brother who haunts her. Magnetically drawn to Nightingale Wood, Henry discovers a woman called Moth living in a caravan harboring her own secrets like a "forgotten, fairy-tale princess." When Dr. Hardy commits her mother to an asylum, removes her sister, and suggests she suffers the same mental illness as her mother, a resolute Henry attempts a daring rescue, aided by Moth. In an imaginative, compelling first-person narration, Henry wraps her story in fairy tales, exposing her guilt, grief, isolation, and fear as she unravels the stunning secrets of Nightingale Wood. An evocative, beautifully written, mesmerizing debut tale with lush fairy-tale themes and a poignant exploration of mental illness—enthralling. (Historical fiction. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2017)
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10601603
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IHI
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Strange, Lucy
Dewey number
823.92
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no index present
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730L
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MG
Literary form
fiction
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  • 5
  • 7
Reading level
5.1
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True
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Family secrets
  • Imagination
  • Books and reading
  • Grief
  • Mental illness
  • Friendship
  • Books and reading
  • Family secrets
  • Friendship
  • Grief
  • Imagination
  • Mental illness
  • Family secrets
  • Imagination
  • Books and reading
  • Grief
  • Mental illness
  • Friendship
Target audience
juvenile
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The secret of Nightingale Wood, Lucy Strange
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1882269
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
288 pages
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9781338157475
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9781338157475
  • (OCoLC)1004516589
Label
The secret of Nightingale Wood, Lucy Strange
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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1882269
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
288 pages
Isbn
9781338157475
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781338157475
  • (OCoLC)1004516589

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