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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

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7692967It isn’t ten-year-old Pia’s fault that her grandmother dies in a freak accident. But tell that to the citizens of Pia’s little German hometown of Bad Münstereifel, or to the classmates who shun her. The only one who still wants to be her friend is StinkStefan, the most unpopular child in school.

But then something else captures the community’s attention: the vanishing of Katharina Linden. Katharina was last seen on a float in a parade, dressed as Snow White. Then, like a character in a Grimm’s fairy tale, she disappears. But, this being real life, she doesn’t return.

Pia and Stefan suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by the instructive—and cautionary—local legends told to them by their elderly friend Herr Schiller, tales such as that of Unshockable Hans, visited by witches in the form of cats, or of the knight whose son is doomed to hunt forever.

Then another girl disappears, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy tales—and perilously close to adulthood.

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Author: K

YA writer. Voracious reader. Feminist. Home educator. Addicted to tea and Twitter.

One thought on “The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

  1. This is a brilliant story and Helen Grant is one of my favourite authors. It is one of my top 100 best children and YA books, along with Silent Saturday, one of HG’s other great novels. See: http://iameclectica.blogspot.co.uk/p/100-best-childrens-and-ya-books.html