The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Written by Helen Grant
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Shortlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Medai 2010.
This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that's full of rich detail and beautifully written. It has a terrific sense of place. Although the narrator is only 10 years old, the content of this book is definitely going to appeal to teenagers and adults. With a wonderful lightness of touch, the author intertwines the feelings of adults as children keep disappearing in a compelling and heart-felt way.
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
CILIP CARNEGIE Medal SHORTLIST 2010: Judges’ comments
An accomplished, darkly comic debut novel which grips the reader as it builds its macabre layers to a horrifying conclusion. Its German setting, and Pia’s family are extremely well captured as are the dark undercurrents in small-town society.
On the day Katharina Linden disappears, Pia is the last person to see her alive. Terror is spreading through the town. How could a girl vanish in a place where everybody knows everybody else? Pia is determined to find out what happened to Katharina. But then the next girl disappears.
Both a wonderful first novel, and a strange, haunting modern fairytale, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is that rare beast: a book that reawakens in adults the childhood terror of the bogeyman, and confirms for children that the world is an infinitely stranger place than adults might like to pretend . . . John Connolly, New York Times author of The Reapers
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is a stunning debut with a richly evoked setting, a smart sympathetic heroine, and the best opening line for a novel I've ever read. Helen Grant conjures a tale of evil in rural Germany that would make the Brothers Grimm jealous!
Dark and deadly as the original Grimm's German folktales, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden hides its menace behind the exquisitely charming narrator, Pia, an unforgettable child of the first order. Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child and Angels of Destruction
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2nd April 2009
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