In early-nineteenth century Scotland, sixteen-year-old Josie, an orphan, is sent to live with an aunt and uncle on the rocky, stormy northwest coast.
Eve Bunting is the acclaimed author of more than two hundred books for young readers, including numerous novels. She lives in Pasadena, California.
"Bunting has written a taut page-turner full of an eeriness that
would be at home in any piece of gothic literature. The result is
an atmospheric, otherworldly mystery best absorbed in one
"Bunting skillfully drops clues about the cruel truth
Josie will discover and cleverly incorporates supernatural elements
into the historical aspects of the story about the intentional
"wrecking" of ships for their bounty."
--Publishers Weekly "The gloomy mood, established from the very moment Josie arrives at the estate, is sustained throughout, infusing each scene with a creeping dread...An excellent introduction to the gothic genre and a satisfyingly eerie read."
--School Library Journal