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The glass demon : a novel

1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, 2010.
Physical Description:
305 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
When seventeen-year-old Lin and her family move to an ancient German castle for a year while her medievalist father searches for the famed Allerheiligen glass--lost stained glass windows that are said to be haunted by a terrifying demon--she becomes involved in a horrific murder mystery.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.0 17.0 148306.

Accelerated Reader Grades 9-12 6 17 Quiz 148306 English fiction.
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Sometimes the path to the truth is paved with broken glass.nbsp;
Teenager Lin Fox is a stranger in a strange land--Germany, where her father has come on a quixotic quest to locate a priceless artifact. The medieval (and possibly mythical) Allerheiligen stained glass is believed by some to be lost, by others to have been destroyed, and by virtually all to be haunted. A mysterious letter persuades Dr. Oliver Fox that he can be the one to find it--but someone else is determined to ensure that the glass stays hidden forever.

First, an elderly stranger is found dead in an orchard, then one of Oliver's contacts is mysteriously drowned--both bodies inexplicably surrounded by shards of colored glass. As dark superstitions simmer, Lin embarks on her own search to find the glass. As her life comes to resemble the grimmest of fairy tales, she realizes that what she must find is not only the truth about the legendary glass but a way to save the lives of those she loves.

Author Notes

Helen Grant is the author of The Glass Demon and The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, winner of the American Library Association Alex Award and shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

In this creepy gothic novel, Lin's family moves to a German village so her father can study the legend of the Allerheiligen Glass-medieval stained-glass windows said to have been cursed by a demon, bringing death to those who gaze upon them. A brilliant combination of horror, fairy tales, mystery, and romance. (June) (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Grant (The Vanishing of Katharina Linden) turns in a spectacular mix of history and horror that expertly draws from numerous genres. Obsessed medievalist Oliver Fox moves his family to a castle on the edge of a German forest in search of the Allerheiligen glass, a supposedly cursed set of stained-glass church windows lost or destroyed 200 years before. The Glass Demon, Bonschariant, said to inhabit the windows, shadows the search from the moment Fox's unhappy teen daughter Lin discovers a corpse surrounded by shattered glass. As Lin gets to know her young neighbor, Michel Reinartz, she becomes aware of the locals' hostility toward any investigation of the lost glass, while a series of uncanny incidents escalates horrifically. Skillfully mixing the strains of a dysfunctional family with the rising terror of the supernatural, Grant has produced a mesmerizing page-turner that brilliantly depicts the claustrophobic fear of a young woman grappling with the deadly secrets of the forest and the demonic nightmare lurking within. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Grant's second novel, released barely a year after the impressive The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, is sure to cement her growing reputation as an original storyteller and elegant writer. Seventeen-year-old Lin Fox is not happy about being dragged to a crumbling castle in the middle of a forest in a rural area of Germany. Her father, a medieval scholar desperately in search of media attention, is intent on finding the famed but long-lost Allerheiligen stained-glass windows, said to be haunted by the glass demon Bonschariant. Soon after the family arrives, a series of gruesome deaths, with all of the corpses found surrounded by glass shards, spooks the town residents. Meanwhile the Fox family is also suffering from its own private dramas, ranging from anorexia to parental neglect. Grant expertly builds suspense by credibly implying that the deaths could be attributable to either supernatural or human causes. And Lin is a highly appealing narrator, at once feisty and vulnerable. With its fascinating information on medieval folklore, unique setting, and increasingly claustrophobic sense of terror, this is an exhilarating page-turner that offers a cerebral blend of horror and mystery.--Wilkinson, Joann. Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Curl up on the couch with a few gothic fairy tales-the dark, brutal sort. Follow this with a murder mystery, deep and rich with symbolism. Then grab a young adult novel with a strong female character, Lin, with an eclectic academic upbringing. Grant (The Vanishing of Katharina Linden) rolls all of these into the shadowy corners of a secluded German forest, complete with castle ruins steeped in superstition. Lin's family is uprooted by her father's obsessive drive for academic success, which leads them on a search for the haunted windows of a medieval stained-glass master. The locals are fiercely protective of their secrets, refusing to welcome the family or answer any questions. As details about the glass are revealed, an ancient evil stalks Lin and her family. She struggles to solve the mystery before all is lost. VERDICT Page-turning and portentous, mysterious and chilling, this will attract readers who loved Pamela Dean's Tam Lin and fairy tales and legends in modern settings. [See Prepub Alert, 1/17/11.]-Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M Univ.-Corpus Christi (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.