The Visconti House by Elsbeth Edgar
(Junior Library Guild Selection (Candlewick Press))

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Laura Horton is different. Not in any noticeable, first-glance kind of way; but inside, she’s equally uncomfortable around the snippy girls in her class and the strange boy, Leon, who just moved in nearby. She’d rather be writing or drawing or spending time with her free-spirited family in their eccentric old house. But Laura and Leon are more alike than they first realize. They’re both outsiders. They both have secrets. And try as she might to avoid him, Laura finds herself drawn to Leon’s quiet boldness as surely as she is driven to find out more about her home’s enigmatic former owner. Together they probe the mysteries of the Visconti House, making an exploration into the past that will change their lives — and open their hearts — forever.

About Elsbeth Edgar

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Elsbeth Edgar has worked as a teacher and a librarian. When her children were young she started writing stories for them, following their interests as they moved from dinosaurs, dragons, and furry animals to school experiences and relationships. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Published March 8, 2011 by Candlewick. 298 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books.

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Whether it's because she would rather write stories alone than hang out with her gossiping classmates or because she lives in the Visconti House, a crumbling Italianate villa (which, everyone assumes, must be haunted), Year 8 Aussie Laura Horton always feels like an outsider.

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Edgar's debut is a captivating story of friendship, mystery, and romance set in her native Australia. Laura feels like an outsider in her new town. Her parents are odd, her hair is odd, her hobbies ar

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Still, the two slowly become friends as Laura begins to investigate the mystery behind her mansion, the Visconti House (why exactly it’s considered haunted is never really explained).

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