The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere, Volume 1

By: Jacqueline West

Eleven-year-old Olive and her parents have just moved to a weird old house, where Olive has noticed things moving inside the artwork on the walls and where cats have darted out of secret places to talk to her. Soon Olive finds that she can climb into the paintings. She also discovers a dark secret: the original owner of the house came from "a line of powerful witches" and "learned to trap living people in paintings." Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780803734401

JLG Release: Aug 2010


Sensitive Areas: Violence, Gore,
Topics: Old houses , Paintings , Mysteries , Secrets , Cats , Magic , Eyeglasses , Jewelry , Witches and witchcraft , Murder , Shadows

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List, The Horn Book Guide, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

Horn Book

Olive finds a pair of spectacles that let her enter the paintings in her family's decrepit Victorian mansion. There she finds cats who aren't quite feline and late homeowners who aren't quite dead. Even at their most dire--and darkly illustrated--Olive's circumstances are too fantastical to be really frightening; naive Olive figures it all out in t Olive finds a pair of spectacles that let her enter the paintings in her family's decrepit Victorian mansion. There she finds cats who aren't quite feline and late homeowners who aren't quite dead. Even at their most dire--and darkly illustrated--Olive's circumstances are too fantastical to be really frightening; naive Olive figures it all out in time to regain control.

Junior Library Guild


• Olive’s reaction to the mysteries surrounding her is entirely believable. Her curiosity makes her brave, but she’s not immune to fear. Readers will easily relate to Olive’s desire to learn more about her creepy house and simultaneous apprehension at the prospect.
• The three cats that inhabit Olive’s house are great sidekick

• Olive’s reaction to the mysteries surrounding her is entirely believable. Her curiosity makes her brave, but she’s not immune to fear. Readers will easily relate to Olive’s desire to learn more about her creepy house and simultaneous apprehension at the prospect.
• The three cats that inhabit Olive’s house are great sidekicks. Each has a distinct personality, and they play off one another humorously.
• Jacqueline West builds an eerie and mysterious world. A steady stream of details ensures that readers will continue turning the pages as they try to solve the mystery of Olive’s house along with her.

Book Details

ISBN

9780803734401

First Release

August 2010

Genre

Mystery.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.1; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 770L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Dial

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence, Gore,

Topics

Old houses, Paintings, Mysteries, Secrets, Cats, Magic, Eyeglasses, Jewelry, Witches and witchcraft, Murder, Shadows,

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