The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones

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Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her father offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she's glad to head up north. The key is hidden where her dad said it would be, so she's shocked to find someone living there! Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi. What's more, he accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside: a dead bird, a snakeskin, a cricket soundtrack in his composition. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want?
 

About Tim Wynne-Jones

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Tim Wynne-Jones is an award-winning writer of numerous YA novels, including The Uninvited. He lives in Ontario.
 
Published March 12, 2010 by Candlewick Press. 368 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He uses a self-invented game, Hinds and Hounds, to encourage the airing of everyone’s unpleasant opinions about each other, and the game ends with Traversham-Beechers’ ugly revelations about Charlotte’s past.

May 01 2012 | Read Full Review of The Uninvited

The Guardian

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In The Uninvited Guests, Sadie Jones calls her young male lead character Clovis, and thereby summons up Saki's tart, macabre voice and his stories of Edwardian country-house life with its shibboleths, comeuppances and cruelties.

Mar 14 2012 | Read Full Review of The Uninvited

The Guardian

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Sadie Jones's highly entertaining third novel seems perfectly conceived to appeal to two current popular tastes – our fascination with the Edwardian country house and the revival of the English ghost story.

Mar 25 2012 | Read Full Review of The Uninvited

Publishers Weekly

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it’s no coincidence that the new day dawning at its close is May Day, or International Workers’ Day, though Jones’s theme is less class warfare than the seemingly absolute divide between the classes.

Mar 19 2012 | Read Full Review of The Uninvited

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Amina feels herself being subtly molded into the kind of spouse—pragmatic and low-maintenance—that George would like her to be: "In a way," she thinks, "George had created her American self, and so it made sense that it was the only one he would see."

Apr 27 2012 | Read Full Review of The Uninvited

Book Reporter

But a gift from a suitor, an unexpected reunion, a pony in the house, and a terrible train wreck destroy Emerald's careful plans and create a night of havoc, horror, revealed secrets and romance in Sadie Jones' latest novel, THE UNINVITED GUESTS.

May 25 2012 | Read Full Review of The Uninvited

The Telegraph

Related Articles Sadie Jones on Parisian novels Jones’s writing is a clever pastiche of early 20th-century novels.

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USA Today

(But this prank becomes a brilliant ploy in Jones' hands.)The novel chugs along rather aimlessly, hinting annoyingly at secrets of some sort (resist the temptation to throw the book aside!), until the "uninvited guests" arrive — at which point, grab your bowler, you're in for a hell of a ride.T...

May 16 2012 | Read Full Review of The Uninvited

Open Letters Monthly

The staples of the sub-genre – the country house with its pretty, oblivious owners and their insufferable children, the army of servants scrupulously mirroring the social stratifications of their betters, the gruelling marathon of meal-and-furniture descriptions, the ironies of they-don’t-know-wh...

Apr 27 2012 | Read Full Review of The Uninvited

Express

Jones builds a three-dimensional world around Sterne and some of its inhabitants, touching on issues of class and the role of women but other characters feel like ciphers It is also a pity that the book is emblazoned with a sticker saying, “The su...

Mar 25 2012 | Read Full Review of The Uninvited

Express

The idea of the global population of children turning feral and with murderous intent is seriously unsettling and while Hesketh makes for an interesting character his emotional ineptitude leaves the reader struggling to sympathise with him.

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Denver Post

"The Uninvited Guests" starts out looking like a comedy of manners and ends up being something utterly else.

May 20 2012 | Read Full Review of The Uninvited

Teen Reads

When NYU student Mimi Shapiro arrives at her father's cottage in far-away Ontario, she finds a beautiful, relaxing place to escape from her life in New York City.

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Common Sense Media

When Cramer becomes smitten with Mimi -- and the mysterious stalker steps up his game -- Jay and Mimi join together to solve the mystery of The Uninvited.

May 12 2009 | Read Full Review of The Uninvited

The New Zealand Herald

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Nashville Public Library

The birthday girl Emerald, her brother Clovis, youngest sibling Imogen (called Smudge) and mother Charlotte have just seen off stepfather Edward Swift, who is headed to Manchester to carry out a serious task indeed.

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