The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Not since The Elegance of the Hedgehog has a book arrived in America from Europe on such wings of critical praise and popularity. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is an unforgettable debut-at once chilling and endearing, haunting and richly insightful-the story of one girl's big heart and even bigger imagination, and of a world full of mystery, good, and evil.
 
It 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.

Marvelously morbid, stunningly suspenseful, and exceptionally winning, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is a new coming-of-age classic, and the most accomplished fiction debut in years.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2010], c2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385344173
0385344171
Branch Call Number: GRANT H
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 22 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 09, 2014

“My life might have been different had I not been known as the girl whose grandmother exploded,” explains 10-year-old Pia. Shunned by her schoolmates, Pia spends time with an elderly resident of her small German town who fills her full of ghostly morality tales that shape Pia’s understanding of her world. Then, young Katharina disappears and Pia is sure these witchy stories contain clues to her whereabouts. A well-written coming-of-age mystery at once charming and thrilling.

MsNavillus Sep 05, 2013

Very scary! Interesting incorporation of German fairy tales.

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volken
Feb 13, 2013

Couldn't put it down. This book will stay with you long after you finish reading.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

This is a book for young adults. Set in Germany, a young girl attempts to solve the disappearence of other girls. Fables and legends.

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tsubasafon5318
Jun 25, 2011

This book was marvelous!! The German fairy tales had a great appearance in the plot, and the ending twist? Amazing!!
This is a definite read.

k_gupta Apr 18, 2011

The book was very slow at the beginning, but if you push through it you will find that the ending is breathtaking! You should also look out for the many subtle clues through out the book...

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lpreston214
Feb 02, 2011

Very good book, well deserving of its Alex Award as it should be enjoyed by teens/young adults. Young girls are disappearing in a small German town and Pia and her friend Stefan try to find out what happened to them. Great German atmosphere and customs described. Peppered with snippets of Deutsch.

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k_gupta Apr 18, 2011

k_gupta thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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