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The Uninvited

by Tim Wynne-jones

Candlewick Press | January 24, 2013 | Trade Paperback

The Uninvited is rated 2.875 out of 5 by 8.
Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her artist father, Marc, offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she’s glad to hop in her Mini Cooper and drive up north. The house is fairy-tale quaint, and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be, so she’s shocked to fi nd someone already living there — Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi and immediately accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside: a dead bird, a snakeskin, a cricket sound track embedded in his latest composition. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want? Part gripping thriller, part family drama, this fast-paced novel plays out in alternating viewpoints, in a pastoral setting that is evocative and eerie — a mysterious character in its own right.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 3.36 × 2.2 × 0.53 in

Published: January 24, 2013

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763639842

ISBN - 13: 9780763639846

Found in: Science and Nature
Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't get into it at all I can't even continue reading the book, it is extremely slow and I feel it's not grabbing my attention. I find the storyline was interesting but the author did not properly write the story. I am very disappointed in this book, I thought it would be good. I am disappointed and I can't even finish the book, I am not into the book at all, nothing keeps me reading the book, and nothing grabs my attention.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow I found this book a bit slow you already knew the end and a part of it from reading that book. It was not an " edge of your seat" book but it was a good book to read to relax but yes I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Story Description: Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her artist father, Marc, offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she’s glad to hop in her Mini Cooper and drive up north. The house is fairy-tale quaint, and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be, so she’s shocked to find someone already living there — Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi and immediately accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside: a dead bird, a snakeskin, a cricket sound track embedded in his latest composition. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want? Part gripping thriller, part family drama, this fast-paced novel plays out in alternating viewpoints, in a pastoral setting that is evocative and eerie — a mysterious character in its own right. My Review: I was disappointed in this novel perhaps my expectations were too high. It was a very bland, slow moving read for a supposedly decent suspense novel. Mimi, the main protagonist drives to Canada from the United States to stay in a small house her father used to use as his artist studio. Mimi wants to spend some time alone after breaking off an affair with her university professor. But when she arrives at the house, there is already someone else staying there and the house was supposed to be empty. Mimi discovers the man staying in the house is a young musician named Jay, who is struggling to find his muse. However, Jay appears to be much more connected to Mimi than she realizes and there is a man who watches them both from the nearby river. I found that Wynne-Jones was able to create a few suspenseful moments here and there throughout the book, but wasn’t able to hit the mark for a true suspense in my opinion.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sigh How many more plot twists can you put in there? I thought I'd enjoy it because the cover made it seem as though it would be a scary mystery. It really wasn't but the ideas for the novel were pretty good. It's an easy read and interesting to say the least.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Uninvited was quite inviting to read.... I was interested in reading The Uninvited when I saw it was written by a Canadian author. Then when I saw one of my favourite Authors, Phillip Pullman, stated he enjoyed this book, I decided I had to read it. And Phillip Pullman was right, this was a very hard book to put down. The book switches between several different characters and it not just from one of their perspectives. Some may find it hard to follow at times, but it is easy to pick up on. Wynne-jones does a good job of leading you in one direction, but then totally twisting it another. Although I was not personally captivated with the ending, I still recommend this book for anyone looking for a YA mystery.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't Bad this book. didn't really get my interest untill the end. It had a good plot, and a good build up, but then it got boring. The ending was somewhat exciting i guess. I would reccomend this book to people who don't read a lot of mystery novels.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from creppy This was a very good book with a lot of detail packed on to every page. It could be a bit confusing at times due to every character in the book had some relationship with each other. This book has romance, stalking, robbery and a whole lot of supence!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twists and turns and holds you in its grip! Great characters, twisty, turny plotline that grabs ahold of you and takes you for quite a tense, mysterious ride.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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The Uninvited

by Tim Wynne-jones

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 3.36 × 2.2 × 0.53 in

Published: January 24, 2013

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763639842

ISBN - 13: 9780763639846

About the Book

Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her artist father, Marc, offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she's glad to hop in her Mini Cooper and drive up north. The house is fairy-tale quaint, and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be, so she's shocked to fi nd someone already living there -- Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi and immediately accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside: a dead bird, a snakeskin, a cricket sound track embedded in his latest composition. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want? Part gripping thriller, part family drama, this fast-paced novel plays out in alternating viewpoints, in a pastoral setting that is evocative and eerie -- a mysterious character in its own right.

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CHAPTER ONE MIMI MISSED HER TURN and screeched to a stop. "Shit!" She checked the map on the seat beside her, backed up, and squinted through her own dust at the signpost. Uppe V lenti e Rd. "Close enough." A deep-throated bark seized her attention. A gargantuan dog was tearing toward her from the dilapidated house on the corner. "Shit!" The animal bounced up and down at her door, brindle and with far too many yellow teeth. She threw the Mini Cooper into reverse again and slewed to the left, almost hitting the ugly mutt. "Take that, Hellhound!" Then she thrust the stick shift forward and left the paved road, sending out a rooster tail of gravel. Undaunted, the dog stayed on her tail - stayed with her for a hundred yards or so - then finally fell behind, his territory no longer in danger. Mimi took a deep breath and patted the leather-upholstered steering wheel. "Ms. Cooper, we are now officially not in Kansas," she said. And the Mini''s horn beeped twice in reply. The little car was red with a black top, and Mimi had red shades and black hair. She wore a red T-back sports bra and black low-rise capris, as if the car were an accessory. Well, it was small, after all. Like Mimi - small and powerful. Gripping the wheel tightly in her left hand, she picked up her digital camcorder from the passenger seat and held it at arm''s length, aimed at her face. "News update," she said. "This is Mimi Shapiro reporting from Now
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From the Publisher

Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her artist father, Marc, offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she’s glad to hop in her Mini Cooper and drive up north. The house is fairy-tale quaint, and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be, so she’s shocked to fi nd someone already living there — Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi and immediately accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside: a dead bird, a snakeskin, a cricket sound track embedded in his latest composition. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want? Part gripping thriller, part family drama, this fast-paced novel plays out in alternating viewpoints, in a pastoral setting that is evocative and eerie — a mysterious character in its own right.

About the Author

Tim Wynne-Jones is an award-winning writer of numerous YA novels. He lives in Ontario.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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