Woman in the Wall by Patrice Kindl

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And hide is what Anna does throughout the course of this amazing book. She retreats into the fabric of a big old house, building a series of passageways and secondary walls that allow her to share the life of the house unseen by her mother and sisters. As Anna says, her family is not observant. But Anna herself is a quirky and perceptive witness to the life she has chosen to escape. Then a mysterious message is thrusted through a crack in the wall, a message that gives Anna a reason to emerge.... Once again Patrice Kindl has created a magical world and an irresistible heroine.
 

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Patrice Kindl (www.patricekindl.com) lives in Middleburgh, New York.
 
Published March 31, 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 196 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The concept of school, other children, the outside (asking her to leave the house was "like asking me to strip off my very skin''), and a terrifying (and hilarious) visit from the school psychologist send Anna into hiding for good, in the nooks and crannies of the family's rambling Victorian home.

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Kindl follows her magical Owl in Love with a novel featuring an equally gripping premise. A metaphorical study of an agoraphobic child, it opens with a series of emotional, surreal images-but eventual

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A metaphorical study of an agoraphobic child, it opens with a series of emotional, surreal images-but eventually degenerates into trite teen romance and platitudes about sheltering the ""frightened child-self."" Living with her sensitive mother and boisterous sisters in an enormous old house, Ann...

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An agoraphobic seven-year-old girl retreats into secret passages she has built in her house until her family nearly forgets her. PW said, Kindle follows her magical Owl in Love with a novel featurin

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