Monday, April 16, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Humming Room

Today's book recommendation was inspired by one of the favorite books of my childhood, The Secret Garden. A book I definitely want to pull off the shelves and read again. It's been too long!

by: Ellen Potter
Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan (just released - February 28, 2012)

Isn't the cover wonderful?  It is such a great picture summing up the book.

Here's the description from Goodreads:
Hiding is Roo Fanshaw's special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment's notice. When her parents are murdered, it's her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.

As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and secrets. Roo doesn't believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth.

Despite the best efforts of her uncle's assistants, Roo discovers the house's hidden room--a garden with a tragic secret.

The unique part of this book was having, along with Roo, the house on Cough Rock Island as a main character. The St. Lawrence River came in as a close second.  The interesting thing about having non-humans as main characters is the amount of description that goes into the story.  Passages of sights, sounds and smells take the place of dialogue, although as the story and characters unfolded and grew towards each other, the dialogue increased. 

I liked the book and how as Roo learned more about her relatives, she came to understand herself and bring her positive qualities to life. She finally found a place that gave her a chance to learn about others and grow, a place she could call home.

Have a great week! For more MMGM recommendations, check out my favorite links to the right.