The House of Dead Maids

Clare B. Dunkle; illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith

Henry Holt and Co.

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Young Tabby Aykroyd has been brought to the dusty mansion of Seldom House to be nursemaid to a foundling boy. He is a savage little creature, but the Yorkshire moors harbor far worse, as Tabby soon discovers. Why do scores of dead maids and masters haunt Seldom House with a jealous devotion that extends beyond the grave?

As Tabby struggles to escape the evil forces rising out of the land, she watches her young charge choose a different path. Long before he reaches the old farmhouse of Wuthering Heights, the boy who will become Heathcliff has doomed himself and any who try to befriend him.

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CHAPTER ONE
I WAS NOT the first girl she saw, nor the second, and as to why she chose me, I know that now: it was because she did not like me. She sat like a magistrate on the horse hair sofa, examining me for failings. “Stop staring,” she snapped. “You’d think I was a world’s wonder.”
I looked away, thinking my own thoughts. She couldn’t stop me from doing that. She had a sweep of thick brown hair tucked up into a bun, and she wore a somber black wool dress. Her hands were soft: lady’s hands.

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Young Tabby Aykroyd has been brought to the dusty mansion of Seldom House to be nursemaid to a foundling boy, but there are ghosts lurking the halls, and sleeping in her bed. Clare B. Dunkle, author of the acclaimed Hollow Kingdom trilogy writes this bone-chilling story as a prelude to Wuthering Heights.

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“This is literature. As such, Dunkle leaves no literary allusion untouched, no symbolic leaf unturned, in her quest to reveal the origins of Heathcliff and his unearthly yearning for Catherine Earnshaw-Linton.” --San Antonio Express-News

 

“[A]n intriguing, enthralling prequel… Beautifully written and compelling…Tabby's tale will carry you along to its chilling end.” --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“[A] beautifully written, dark tale… Those who have read ‘Wuthering Heights’ will appreciate this brilliant, lyrically written tale, but it will engage even those who haven’t read Bronte’s masterpiece.” --Buffalo News

“The eloquent and proper style of the language, dialogue, ghostly descriptions, and chapter drawings contribute to the feeling of dread and fear at Seldom House. Young adult fans of Gothic novels are sure to enjoy this intriguing introduction to Heathcliff and use it as a lead into the discovery of Wuthering Heights.” --Library Media Connection

 

“Dunkle has incorporated real people (Tabitha Aykroyd was the Brontës’ housemaid, well-known for telling her young charges “otherworldly tales”), fictional characters (the boy is revealed to be a young Heathcliff), and the ancient Druidic practice of human sacrifice into a tense tale of supernatural doings.” --School Library Journal

“Dark and beautiful, literary and lovely. . . . Worthy of sitting on a shelf next to Wuthering Heights.” Melissa Marr, author of Wicked Lovely

For readers familiar with Brontë’s novel, the final connection is a masterstroke; even those who don’t get it will find this a keeper.” --Kirkus Reviews

“An engrossing thriller and worthy companion to its classic literary inspiration.” --Horn Book Magazine, STARRED review

 

“Be prepared with multiple copies of Brontë’s classic, as Dunkle’s darkly beautiful imagery and spooky setting will so thoroughly draw young readers in that they will be compelled to at least take a look at her inspiration.” --BCCB


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Clare B. Dunkle; illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith

Clare B. Dunkle is the author of the acclaimed Hollow Kingdom trilogy, as well as By These Ten Bones and The Sky Inside. She lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas.

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The House of Dead Maids
Clare B. Dunkle; illustrations by Patrick Arrasmith

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Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805091168
ISBN10: 0805091165
Young Adult Fiction
5 x 7 3/4 inches, 160 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 930LL
AR Quiz Number: 140586
AR Points: 5

$15.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
September 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312551551
ISBN10: 031255155X
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 176 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 11 to 14
Grade Range: 6 to 9 Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 930LL

$9.99

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e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429951227
ISBN10: 1429951222
Young Adult Fiction160 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 930LL

$7.12
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