The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
But then something else captures the community’s attention: the vanishing of Ka...more
When Katharina Linden goes missing at Karneval - jus...more
My interest in this book was piqued when I saw it described as a "charming horror novel," and while that isn't totally accurate, charming it is, horror it isn't, I very much enjoyed the book. Helen Grant has such an ease about her writing that I find it hard to believe this is her first novel. Her descriptions of Bad Münstereifel and its inhabitants are key to the book and provided most of the atmosphere; I could quite easily vi...more
The book starts out on a sort of humorous note and it fools you a bit; th...more
imagination and local legends involving witches, ghosts and other supernatural beings. These stories...more
children are so precious; they live in a world where the lines between fantasy and reality are tremulously thin. their explanations for things they don't understand can border on the fantastic, even while displaying a rather frightening understanding of the events going on around them that, at times, can border on precocious.
helen grant manages to capture ten-year-old pia's thoughts and feelings perfectly, poetically, and beautifu...more
This is a great coming-of-age story about a young German girl (well, half-German, half-British) who lives in a town going through a bit of a crime spree. Which is to say, several missing children. Little girls, snatched up from underneath everybody's watchful eyes. Thi...more
It isn’t ten-year-old Pia’s fault that her grandmother dies in a freak accident. But tell that to the citizens of Pia’s little German hometown of Bad Münstereifel, or to the classmates who shun her. The only one who still wants to be her friend is...more
After her grandmother died in an unusual way, Pia Kolvenbach is always being talked about and stared at, she was the centre of attention in the city of Bad Münstereifel. The only person who is willing to be her friend is StinkStefan, the most unpopular child in the school.
Very soon after that tragic event, another huge event takes place; Katharina Linden disappears at a carnival. She was last seen at a fountain in a Snow White costume. No one s...more
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, once you get past the really wordy title, is somewhat mystery, somewhat realistic, somewhat portrait of what life can be like in a small town - in this case, in Germany at the end of the twentieth century. I don't want to...more
A friend of mine asked why I liked it so much. It is actually hard to pinpoint, apart from the fabulous quality...more
A few dislikes:
1. Even as a teenager recalling what happened 7 years ago, Pia did not ring true to me as a 10/11 year old. My immediate circle includes several children in that age bracket and Pia is just n...more
It isn't ten-year-old Pia's fault that her grandmother dies in a freak accident. But tell that to the citizens of Pia's little German hometown of Bad Munstereifel, or to the classmates who shun her. The only one who still wants to be her friend is StinkStefan, the most unpopular child in school.But then something else captures the community's attention...more
This is a good book, interesting. The main character is remembering a time when she was 10 years old and some girls went missing. She seems a very young and naive 10 years old, still believing in ghosts and monsters and fairy tales. She is friends but not friends with the male lead. It was all written pretty realistically - they behaved like kids and...more
Despite the title of the novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is largely the story...more
This is the first line in the book and the minute you read it, you know that this book is going to touch in so many ways. I have read more books than I can count, but never have I read a first line in a book which has gripped my attention so quickly.
The story is told through the eyes of 11 year old Pia. This fact alone, is intriguing as I had expected it to be told through the eyes of an adult,...more
Pia is a ten-year-old living in a small town in Germany (loved all the interesting references to German culture), whose grandmother, at the start of the novel, has died in a horrific accident. Typical of elementary school meanness, she becomes the classroom pariah because of the unusual and terrible circumstances surrounding her grandmother's death. Around the same t...more
There is a serial killer looose in Bad Munstereifel, Germany, a fiend who snatches little girls, girls who never go home again. Pia is a ten-year-old, ostricized by her classmates ever since her grandmother exploded (long interesting story, trust me, it fits into the story), knows the missing girls. She and friend Stefa...more
Helen Grant (born 1964 in London) is an English author of novels for young adults, now based in Scotland. She was educated at Dr Challoner's High School and went on to read classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was published by Penguin Books in April 2009. It was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It has...more