Set in Stone by Linda Newbery

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When Samuel Godwin, a young and naive art tutor, accepts a job with the Farrow family at their majestic home, little does he expect to come across a place containing such secrets and lies. His two tutees are as different as can be--younger sister Marianne, full of flightiness and nervous imagination, and Juliana, sensible and controlled. Helped by their governess, Charlotte Agnew, Samuel begins to uncover slowly why Marianne is so emotionally fragile, and in doing so uncovers a web of intrigue. But his discoveries lead to revenge and betrayal--and lives all around are turned upside down.

Linda Newbery has written a novel in diary style, combining different voices and a different century with her usual brilliance and ease. These are characters full of the same passions as our own today, while living in an unfamiliar and fascinating time.

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About Linda Newbery

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Linda Newbery, winner of the prestigious Costa Award for Children's Literature, effortlessly mixes the old with the new, the past with the present, tragedy with triumph in this hauntingly beautiful novel.Linda Newbery is the acclaimed author of "At the Firefly Gate," S"isterland," "The Shell House," and S"et in Stone," winner of the Costa Award for children's literature. She lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and three cats. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published February 4, 2009 by David Fickling Books. 370 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Children's Books. Fiction

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Newbery’s touch is graceful as she unveils layers of the mystery to Samuel, Charlotte and readers—not always at the same time.

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Publishers Weekly

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He resolves that at Fourwinds, ""I should find myself an artist."" Shortly after his arrival, 21-year-old Samuel meets newlywed Eliza Dearly, former governess at Fourwinds.

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Set in a beautiful mansion in rural England, the story begins with a young artist arriving late, walking through a lonely wood and getting to his destination only to find a young girl running out in the dark hysterically ranting about the North wind.

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The Bookbag

This, together with its darker themes of abuse, rape and incest, its strong use of powerful imagery and its adult narrators probably puts Set in Stone firmly out of the reach of all but the most sophisticated and emotionally mature younger teens.

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Teen Reads

And, when Farrow offers Samuel the position --- complete with a generous salary and plenty of time to pursue his own art --- the opportunity seems like a dream come true.

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Historical Novel Society

Set near Chichester in Victorian England, the title refers to carvings of the North, South and East winds mounted on three of the outside walls of the house known as Fourwinds, owned by Mr Farrow.

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