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The Turning

Francine Prose.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780061999666
Pages/Publication Date 246/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41996
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A dark house, an isolated island, strange dreams—and even stranger visions—are plaguing young Jack, a high school student sent to be a caretaker to two peculiar children, in this adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw for young adults, from the author of the National Book Award finalist Blue Angel. The first time Jack sees the huge black mansion atop a windswept hill, he senses something more cold and sinister than even the dark house itself. As he writes to his girlfriend Sophie, something seems to be peering in the windows, staring from across the shore. So why can no one else see it?

"Jack is separated from his girlfriend by her disapproving father, who arranges a summer job for the boy babysitting two orphaned children, Miles and Flora, on an isolated island. The story is narrated by Jack in a series of letters to Sophie that relate the increasingly odd happenings: people appear that no one else can see, Jack hears vague rumors of a strange death on the island last year, and the two children appear to be hiding secrets of their own.... Prose includes all the elements of the Gothic ghost story as she masterfully establishes a brooding, dark tone: a cavernous mansion, a mysteriously locked room, eerily well-behaved children.... Letters that end on cliff-hangers heighten the suspense and keep the narrative moving at a breakneck pace.... This is a gripping page-turner that even reluctant readers will have trouble putting down."—School Library Journal

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