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The Gilded Cage

The Gilded Cage

Lucinda Gray

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper class England in the 1820s, is shattered when she discovers the corpse of her brother George in a lake on the estate-the tragic accidental drowning of a young man, the coroner reports, despite the wound to George's head.

Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can't accept that her brother's death was an accident. A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There's a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham.

Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother's killer claim her life, too?

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CHAPTER 1


 


“ARMS UP, DEAR.”


I lift my arms over my head.


“Good,” says Cousin Grace. “You’ll make no move more sudden than that, and it...

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Praise for The Gilded Cage

"A fast-paced, satisfying historical novel with a gutsy heroine and an intriguing 19th-century mystery at its core."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The heroine’s strong character and the plot twists will appeal even to teens who aren’t normally interested in historical fiction. . . A worthy choice for YA collections."-School Library Journal

"Katherine’s first-person narration helps readers bond with her somewhat feisty approach to her new life, and the straightforward plot makes it a quick pick for reluctant readers."-Booklist

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About the author

Lucinda Gray

Lucinda Gray is the pseudonym of an American novelist who lives in New York.

Lucinda Gray

Lucinda Gray

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