The Painting by Charis CotterThe Painting by Charis Cotter

The Painting

byCharis Cotter

Paperback | September 3, 2019

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A haunting, beautiful middle-grade novel about fractured relationships, loss, ghosts, friendship and art.

Annie and her mother don't see eye to eye. When Annie finds a painting of a lonely lighthouse in their home, she is immediately drawn to it--and her mother wishes it would stay banished in the attic. To her, art has no interest, but Annie loves drawing and painting.

When Annie's mother slips into a coma following a car accident, strange things begin to happen to Annie. She finds herself falling into the painting and meeting Claire, a girl her own age living at the lighthouse. Claire's mother Maisie is the artist behind the painting, and like Annie, Claire's relationship with her mother is fraught. Annie thinks she can help them find their way back to each other, and in so doing, help mend her relationship with her own mother.

But who IS Claire? Why can Annie travel through the painting? And can Annie help her mother wake up from her coma?

The Painting is a touching, evocative story with a hint of mystery and suspense to keep readers hooked.
CHARIS COTTER grew up beside a cemetery and has been living with ghosts ever since. She studied English in university and went to drama school in London, England. Her spooky, suspenseful novel, The Swallow: A Ghost Story, was nominated for many awards and received countless honors. Her picture book, The Ferryland Visitor: A mysterious ...
Title:The PaintingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.72 inPublished:September 3, 2019Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0735263213

ISBN - 13:9780735263215


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Mother-Daughter Story As soon as I opened The Painting by Charis Cotter I was hooked. It was one of those books I just couldn’t put down. The Painting is the story of Annie and Claire and Newfoundland. Annie has a painting in her room of a lighthouse in Newfoundland. Annie is an artist and she was drawn to this painting the moment she found it in the attic of her Toronto home. When a terrible accident puts Annie’s mother in the hospital she is suddenly so drawn to the painting that she actually falls into it. She is transported to Newfoundland and her world is turned topsy-turvy. She’s not sure what is real and what is a dream. It is through these painting Annie meets a ghost and solves a mystery and brings her family together again. It’s a beautiful coming of age story. A story any middle grade child can relate to. The conflicts that arise between parent and child as the child is entering the teen years and struggling to determine who they are even when that runs contrary to who the parent thinks they should be. With references at the beginning of the chapters to Lewis Caroll’s Alice books, the story takes us through a type of wonderland experience such as Alice faced, only this time we travel between Toronto and Newfoundland, between past and present. We can feel Claire’s frustration and pain. We can understand Annie’s fear and eagerness to bring this mystery to a conclusion. It’s a beautiful mirror book for all middle graders to see their relationships reflected back and to understand they are not alone in their struggle.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! I had been anticipating the arrival of "The Painting" for a long while and it did not disappoint. A fast-paced novel filled with ghostly surprises and time travel, during a hauntingly emotional family crisis. The author's superior skill at story-telling makes this an enjoyable read for adults as well as middle grade. I could not put it down! Well done Charis!
Date published: 2017-09-25

Editorial Reviews

One of CCBC’S Best Books for Kids & Teens (2018)"[A] cleverly constructed, compellingly paced mystery that's part time-slip story, part ghost story, part meditation on the power of dreaming. . . . Full of emotional truth and connection." --Kirkus Reviews“3/4… [T]he mounting tension between Claire and Maisie is painfully believable… Highly recommended.” --CM Magazine"Readers will connect with the characters and fall into the storyline with its focus on artists, loss, and family relationships... Recommended." --School Library Connection"Moody and atmospheric... the story unfolds at exactly the right pace and is a delicately nuanced tale of secrets, shadows of the past, family ties, heartache and healing." --Atlantic Books Today