Thornhill

Thornhill

Book - 2017
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"Parallel plotlines set in different times, one told in text and one in art, inform each other as a young girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2017
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9781626726543
162672654X
Branch Call Number: YA SMY 2017
Characteristics: 533 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Thorn Hill

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Hillsboro_RobP Jan 17, 2019

As creepy as the look of the book would lead you to believe, and with an author who's not afraid to pursue the ending she's looking for, even if it is for kids.
What at first seems fun and simple- a graphic novel present and the past told in diary entries, I think this book is more clever than it first appears. Who's really the villain in this story? Which aspects are frightening? Smy toys with tropes and expectations both visually and with the plot in a way that doesn't interfere with spooky little story.
Keep in mind though, the past portion is in the 1980's. I had a hard time not mentally placing it further back than that.

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WoodneathReads
Dec 05, 2018

A young girl, a diary, and a creepy or orphanage will give you chills with this illustrated ghost story. --Taylor (for more of Taylor's suggestions, follow WoodneathTaylor in the catalog.)

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Becca Levin
Oct 16, 2018

This particular item is one of my favorites for new reads - especially if you're looking for something scary but aren't quite ready for something like Coraline. The half-graphic, half-journal entry format makes it easy to complete and follow along. Don't be daunted by its size!

Fantastic book. For spookier times of year, this is perfect.

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Belka2006
Aug 13, 2018

This is something completely different than what I usually read, this was a good read, and I would definitely recommend this to my friends. This book has a lot of picture pages and I was not used to that. I didn't like that it didn't have a resolution or a good ending. Overall 4 star rating.

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ricky_6
Jul 03, 2018

FIVE STARS!!!!!!

I loved this book! I think that the illustration were amazing and I felt like I was reading a real diary and that I could feel Mary's emotion in every word. It's was definitely a page turning book and I hope that Pam Smy makes a 'THORNHILL 2' , if she does I would MOST CERTAINLY read it!

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taylorwoods
May 27, 2018

I definitely would put this on the same scary-caliber shelf as Neil Gaiman's "Coraline" - this story has a seemingly innocent "eerie" vibe that will appeal to a lot of younger audiences. However, if you read between the lines and really let things sink in, it gives off that same insidious, unnerving aura.

Props to the kiddos who don't get nightmares after this one.

CatherineG_1 Apr 15, 2018

I loved this teen graphic novel about two girls both trying to fit in and not succeeding. As another reviewer said the art work fits so well with Ella's story. Mary's written diary shows a young woman in need of love and understanding but instead she is tormented by an absolute bully who instead makes people think she is the innocent one.
Ella as she reads Mary's diary 25 years later, finds a kindred spirit through the story.
The secret garden story and connection to the story was well done.
The ending makes you wonder how Jacob will do in the house?

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Kbc5905
Feb 09, 2018

Thornhill is listed as a recommended book for children which is inappropriate. It is 533 pages and clearly a book for teens.

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jnewday
Jan 11, 2018

Two lonely lives reach across time and space to form a bond, bringing comfort and friendship to two forgotten teens. Tormented and alone Mary finally reaches a point of no return. Life among her incredible creations is no longer enough. Her counterpart, Ella, discovers her diary and travels towards a meeting. Being able to have this accessible on-line as an ebook was a great advantage, the illustrations came across beautifully.

JCLChrisK Jan 02, 2018

An attractively dark package containing an alternating, linked pair of haunting stories, one text without pictures and one illustrations without words. Atmospheric and creepy.

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