This is a great story for the upcoming Halloween season. I was originally drawn to this book because oReview :
Great for young readers - middle grade.
This is a great story for the upcoming Halloween season. I was originally drawn to this book because of the creepy feel of the cover illustration. I was very happy to see the many expressive illustrations used to relate the story and successfully give the book an even creepier and edgy feel. I would have absolutely loved this beautifully illustrated book as a younger reader. The illustrations throughout the story give a serious creepy feeling that carries through.
Awesome read. Highly recommended.
Description Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the abandoned Thornhill Institute next door.
1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it's shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she’s left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.
2017: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl and solidify the link between them, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill's shadowy past.
Told in alternating, interwoven plotlines—Mary’s through intimate diary entries and Ella’s in bold, striking art—Pam Smy’s Thornhill is a haunting exploration of human connection, filled with suspense....more
The Skeleton Paints a Picture by Leigh Perry, was a refreshing and fun mystery. As a former art, graphic design student, I loved the setting - art colThe Skeleton Paints a Picture by Leigh Perry, was a refreshing and fun mystery. As a former art, graphic design student, I loved the setting - art college. I read this mystery pretty quickly and the pace was perfect for just kicking back and relaxing. I adore the idea of the living (not quite living ) skeleton who has become a part of this family. I like the thought of having a best friend (skeleton) to help solve mysteries. So many of these cozy mysteries just have a busy body / nosy, feel, BUT NOT this one. I appreciate the relationship / friendship and the confusion & fun of having a secret friend looking out for you and doing some extra investigating.
When I saw this book is part of a series, I looked into the other books. I have to say the other books in this series have much more creative illustrations on the covers. I will be buying the first books because of the illustration style. While this cover is ok, I much prefer the previous illustration style featured on the earlier books.
I was provided this book free of charge for the purpose if giving an honest review. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️...more
Although I completely love the cover of this book, I kept putting it down because the story was not as exciting as I hoped it would be. The general idAlthough I completely love the cover of this book, I kept putting it down because the story was not as exciting as I hoped it would be. The general idea seemed interesting. The main character's best friends had committed suicide and she discovers there may be more to their death and finds clues left by one of her friends. The story had potential, but my mind kept wandering and I found myself very disappointed when I finally did reach the end. Why, why, why ... AHHHH I don't even really care at this point.
I had no clue the book had anything to do with a different book until I saw it on a cover at Books A Million earlier today. I hope book 1 was more interesting. ...more