Book Description: Jane Williams sees no way out of her miserable foster home when she receives an invitation to attend elite Birchwood Academy with a full scholarship. They'll give her tuition, spending money, clothes, and she gets to live in the old groundskeeper's cottage in the middle of a birch grove.
It sounds too good to be true. She expected snobbiness, but the students are almost too nice and welcoming. Her elegant and pale headmistress even offers Jane the chance to earn extra money by tutoring her gorgeous son, Lucky.
An unknown enemy begins threatening Jane, but she's not easily scared...even though she suspects that something happened to a former scholarship girl and that the headmistress and her staff are hiding some very dark secrets.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
"The Shadow Girl of Birch Grove" by Marta Acosta
Want to read a terrific young adult gothic novel - for free? Marta Acosta has posted Shadow Girl of Birch Grove at Scribd for your enjoyment. I had the pleasure of an early read of the novel early last year and heartily recommend it. As Marta says in her newsletter it has some chills, romance, drama, and great characters.