The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere #1)
Old Ms. McMartin is definitely dead. Now her crumbling Victorian mansion lies vacant. When eleven-year-old Olive and her dippy mathematician parents move in, she knows there's something odd about the place—not least the walls covered in strange antique paintings. But when Olive finds a pair of old spectacles in a dusty drawer, she discovers the most peculiar thing yet: She...more
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SPOILER ALERT!!! This Victorian-esque mystery novel has a brilliant and strong heroine in Olive Dunwoody. She is an average girl with genius mathematical parents, and she feels her ordinary existence as she moves from school to school for her parents career. Olive's parents finally decide to put down some roots, and they choose the most unique, spook ...more
"In her bedroom, Olive dug through the closet looking for a pair of slippers to wear for protection against the chilly stone floor. But there were no slippers to
With elements of fantasy mixed with real-life concerns of the deepest fears of a young girl ...more
I am amazed by Jacquline West and her ability to pack in multiple story lines, adventure and several twists with a few heapfuls of angst in 241 pages. She tells the tale of Olive ...more
The prose is sound. ...more
Olive is brave yet relatable character. All the Sub-characters like Morton and Horatio, to name a few are just fantastic. They all reveal a portion of the plot at different intervals throughout the story to reveal a most sinister plot.
I could not put ...more
Namun setelah membaca kurang lebih seperempatnya, siapa yang sangka, ternyata bukunya malah lebih baik daripada bayanganku! x3
Pertanyaannya sederhana: Apa yang akan kamu lakukan kalau kamu bisa menemukan dunia lain di dalam lukisan-lukisan?
Olive, seorang bocah perempuan berusia 11 tahun yang terasingkan bahkan oleh kedua orang tua-nya sendiri, menemukan sebuah misteri di dalam rumah baru mereka. Ada yang ...more
I have had this book on my TBR pile for several months after I heard a librarian friend book talk it. After reading it, I was certainly not disappointed in it. West has done an exceptional job with this debut novel. The story is about Olive, an 11 year old girl, who moves into an old home with her parents. Her parents are both accomplished mathematicians and she is the *odd* one for not being a math whi ...more
Having just received my check, I decided to indulge myself in a little ebook spree and bought The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere vol. 1), from Amazon on a whim. Four hours later, I was gl ...more
Our first 5th grade meeting was last night. The girls were thrilled to be back in action – and – for the first time, I could tell their maturity level is finally measuring up to being a part of book club. Will it last all year? Not sure – but there was a different vibe last night that hasn’t been apparent before.
We discussed The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows by Jacqueline West.
Olive Dunwoody and her parents have moved to an old, mysterious, house after years o ...more
Olive and her parents just moved into a big, old Victorian house. Her parents are pretty busy with their jobs, so Olive has some time to explore her new house. Olive examines the paintings left on the walls and well as the drawers of dressers and other furniture left in the house when her parents bought it. Before long she discovers and old pair of spectacles, and and even bigger surprise - when she's wearing the glasses ...more
I'd pair this in a display with Agee's INCREDIBLE PAINTING OF FELIX CLOUSSEAU.
Several excellent kid critic reviews are coming in for this. Here's the first one:
In my own words: There’s something odd about the McMartin House, and everyone knows it. Poor Olive Dunwoody; ...more