In the Shadows by Jim Di BartoloIn the Shadows by Jim Di Bartolo

In the Shadows

byJim Di Bartolo, Kiersten WhiteIllustratorJim Di Bartolo

Hardcover | April 29, 2014

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A chilling and provocative tour de force from illustrator Jim di Bartolo and New York Times bestseller Kiersten White.

If you could live forever, what price would you pay?

Two sisters living in a sleepy Maine town hope for very different things. Sixteen-year-old Cora wants nothing more than to move past the wild emotions of her youth, while fifteen-year-old Minnie wisheseverything in her life felt as magical as the Gothic novels she devours. Both girls are intrigued by Arthur, the boy with no past but an abundance of mysteries, living in their boarding house.

When two new boarders, brothers the girls' own age, arrive unexpectedly, the beckoning night pulls the teens out of the house and into a mystery. But as the new friends grow closer, their adventure takes a turn for the worse. Something sinister is happening in their sleepy town, and the teens must uncover the truth about its shadowy history - before the menacing past of one of their own catches up to them.

KIERSTEN WHITE gives the world's most awkward hugs. She also writes books and is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous novels for young adults. Kiersten has one tall husband and two small children and lives near the ocean, where she prefers to spend her time in the sun and not the shadows. Visit her online at www.kierstenwh...
Title:In the ShadowsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.53 × 5.8 × 0.9 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545561442

ISBN - 13:9780545561440

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a fantastic book! Two storylines are told, alternating between exquisite wordless graphic novel and chapters of regular prose (similar to Hugo Cabret, only grittier content for older readers and vibrant colour illustrations). The author, Kiersten White, does a fantastic job of bringing the storylines together to a beautiful and satisfying ending. I completely adored this book!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Beautiful By combining two of my favorite story-telling mediums - art and writing - this book was practically designed to make me love it. And love it I did. It was thoroughly enjoyable and the art was gorgeous. That said, it didn't make much of an impact. I dunno if it was that the story wasn't big enough for the enormously interesting and ambitious format, or if the format was so enormously interesting and ambitious that it overshadowed the story. Either way, I feel like I ought to feel something more than mild interest and a vague satisfaction about the characters and their plight, but all my really big feelings went into appreciating the art. I guess from a detached point of view, it was really super good. It just fell a bit short of the mark in hooking me. Still, objectively, it was pretty great. And, less objectively, the art was just downright amazing, as I've come to expect from that particular artist. The best way to describe my feelings about this book is to say that I lost a full ten minutes at one point staring at a beautiful full page spread and ogling in awe at the artistic skill of it, and that by the time I turned the page and went back in the text story, I had no idea what was going on and had forgotten the characters entirely. It took me just about as long as the text chapters lasted to get back into it before my mind was blown by the art story again. And for a book whose real appeal - aside from the art - lay in the characters (the creepy factor and the suspense it pushes in the blurb was decidedly lacking in the text portions), it didn't do a super great job of keeping me engaged with the characters (besides one, but that was because I kept getting overloaded with him in the art chapters, so I was emotionally on board with him.) The connection, though, between the art storyline and the text storyline was awesome. Kiersten White has a talent for messing with timelines to devastating effect. I really recommend reading this book. It's an experience. Kiersten White did not disappoint. Jim Di Bartolo sort of blew it out of the water. The glossy pages...and the art... were really aesthetically satisfying (I don't normally comment on physical presentation, but this one made an impression.)
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Whoa! This is a must read! I'm still debating between 4 or 5 stars so we shall see by the time I'm done writing about it. This book is a hybrid; text chapters alternate with sequential wordless illustrated pages. The paintings are fantastic and awesome! They are intriguing and spellbinding but also completely confusing as they are telling a different story from the text. I'm going to keep this vague as it is imperative not to give away what happens here. Thus, the text story had me completely enthralled; a dark, gothic tale of secret societies and mystery. The illustrated story starts off completely baffling but gradually one is able to understand the illustrated plot from the text but trying to put the two together left me frustrated and eager to continue at the same time. It is not until the final pages that the complete tie-in between the two stories is revealed and then it was such a big WOW moment for me, that I was majorly impressed. When I was finished I went back and just "read" the illustrations and the story made complete sense second time through and it also made perfect sense to do this, as if we are supposed to go back and re-read the pictures. It all comes down to whether the confusion was worth the outcome and ... (I've just read the illustrated story a third time now!) yes it completely is! A really unique book! I've never seen two plots put together like this before and it's proved to be quite the experience. This is a keeper. I hope to re-read the whole thing again sometime seeing how the text and pictures go together when I know the outcome.
Date published: 2014-12-02

Editorial Reviews

Praise for In the Shadows:* "An enthralling, page-turning Gothic mystery infused with hair-raising horror. The well-written text harmonizes perfectly with the lushly executed, haunting images that, at first, seem to have nothing to do with the textual story but are gradually revealed to be an integral part that, ultimately, brings light to the darkest of shadows." -Booklist, starred review* Booklist, starred review, May 2014"[T]he tantalizing mystery...unfolds in two twinned stories: one told in the intriguing text by author White and the second, told in artist Di Bartolo's wordless, enigmatic images that are interspersed throughout the text. The result is an enthralling, page-turning Gothic mystery infused with hair-raising horror." -Booklist, starred review