On a cold, rainy day, ordinary Hannah Price stumbles into the cathedral and does something extraordinary—almost in a trance, she makes a perfect drawing of an antique carving of the Virgin and Child, capturing their every detail.
The next day the statue of the Child is taken from the Virgin's arms, and a few days later Hannah is interviewed by the police. Soon, strange things start happening to her. An odd man keeps appearing. The portrait she painted of her best friend, Sam, is vandalized. Is it all related to the theft? Hannah is determined to find the statue, even if it will take a miracle.
Rebecca Wade has crafted a thriller that will puzzle and provoke every reader until its stunning conclusion.
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Rebecca Wade was born in Worcestershire. The house in this story, Cowleigh Lodge, is based on her memory of the house where she grew up. Ms. Wade is a professional viola player, primarily with the Philharmonia Orchestra in England. She is also the author of The Theft & the Miracle. She has two grown children and lives in London.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5–9—Heavyset, plain Hannah Price lives an unremarkable life in southern England until she is caught up in circumstances surrounding the theft of a statue from the ancient cathedral that towers over the city. A teenager who struggles academically, Hannah only feels completely comfortable when she can lose herself in her artwork. The day of the theft, she ducks into the cathedral to escape a rainstorm and finds herself gripped by an unearthly talent as she draws an exact likeness of the Madonna and Child sculptures that have graced the cathedral for centuries. When the statue of the Christ Child is stolen that very day, the constable and others see much to suspect in her unusual behavior. As she and her friend Sam struggle to come up with answers, they quickly realize that they are up against a force darker than an ordinary thief. Wade skillfully blends the Black Death of the 14th century and other historical elements into a fascinating and well-paced story. Fully developed characters give the mystery an added depth, and the ways that Hannah and her parents deal with the grief of her brother's death when she was much younger provide intriguing undercurrents. A solid purchase for readers who enjoy intrigue with a dash of the supernatural.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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