The Secret of Nightingale Wood

The Secret of Nightingale Wood

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1919. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is too busy to pay any attention to Henrietta and the things she sees - or thinks she sees - in the shadows of their new home, Hope House. All alone, with only stories for company, Henry discovers that Hope House is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers in the trees beyond the garden. One night she ventures into the darkness of Nightingale Wood. What she finds there will change her whole world.
Publisher: New York : Chicken House/Scholastic Inc., 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781338157475
1338157477
Branch Call Number: J FIC
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm

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VaughanPLDonnalee May 24, 2019

A children's book about grief, mental illness, and the after effects of war doesn't sound very appealing, but this book is so beautiful, poignant and brilliant that it is well worth reading. After a family tragedy, young Henrietta, known as Henry, her mother, father and baby sister move to a new home in the country to rebuild their lives. But the family falls apart, torn by grief and mental illness. Henry, confused and hurt, tries to do what she can to patch her broken family back together. So many books and movies show people grieving for 2 minutes and then moving on, but this book explores how deep, profound and consuming grief really is. Henry is a fantastic heroine, so brave and persistent. The story is suspenseful, with many mysteries and twists and turns. This book may be challenging for many children, but those who persist will find this a beautiful and moving story. Highly recommended, for mature children and adults too.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 13, 2019

This is a lovely, sad debut novel about a girl whose family is slowly unraveling in the wake of WWI and the death of her brother. There's a lot of excellent stuff in here about grief and mental illness, and how you can slowly find joy again in your life, and I thought it was beautiful. I can't wait to read this author's next book (which comes out this year!).

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The_Zookeeper
May 28, 2018

This is a very engrossing book. You want to know what happens to Henry and her family and you really cheer her on every time she manages to outwit the villains.

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kristiniak
Mar 24, 2019

kristiniak thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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