Thursday, May 7, 2009

Jade Green

Jade Green
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

# of pages: 169
Age range : 13+

Orphaned fifteen-year-old Judith Sparrow brings two secrets with her to her uncle's house in South Carolina: one, that her grief-stricken mother died in a madhouse, the other that she has disobeyed the only condition to living in her uncle's house - nothing green is allowed in the house.

Judith can't bare to part with the photograph of her mother in it's lovely green silk frame. Surely this one small defiance will not jeopardize the happiness she finds in South Carolina - especially with Zeke Carey, the miller's son.

But Uncle Geoffrey's house holds a secret of its own. And Judith's small picture frame, hidden away at the bottom of her trunk, unleashes a powerful force that seems determined to bring the secret into the open. Or is Judith simply following her mother down the same path towards madness.

Me + Horror = can't sleep for a week without the light on. Just kidding...kind of. No, this book actually was really good. I mean it wasn't some super emotional book that completely moved me, but the plot was thick and there was plenty of suspense.

Now, to someone like my cousin who lives on horror movies and books, this particular novel would probably seem pathetic, but it gave me goosebumps. Luckily, there was a romance in the book that made the story so much better, oh, and Judith's crazy 40-something cousin who had a "thing" for young girls.

I don't know why, but i really liked this book! It was only like $4.30 for me, so I'd buy it. Besides the intriguing ghost story part of it, the book was also a mystery. Don't you love a good mystery?
Well anyways, sorry for the short, non-descriptive review, it was a short novel, and i don't want to give anything away.

If you liked Jade Green, check out:

The old willis place - mary downing hahn
coraline - neil gaiman
a certain slant of light - laura whitcomb

author page: http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/au-naylor-phyllis-reynolds.asp

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