Donnelly, Jennifer. A northern light.

Author:Julian, Janet
Position:Brief Article - Book Review

DONNELLY, Jennifer. A northern light. Harcourt. 396p. c2003. 0-15-205310-7. $8.95. SA

To quote from the review of the audiobook in KLIATT, September 2003: On July 12, 1906, the body of Grace Brown, a young girl pregnant but unmarried, was found in Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks. Her boating companion, Chester Gillette, was later discovered enjoying himself in a mountain hotel and arrested. Convicted of Grace's murder, Gillette was executed on March 30, 1908. This sad tale was used by Theodore Dreiser in An American Tragedy. It also is the impetus for Donneliy's romantic mystery A Northern Light. In this novel for YAs, Donnelly creates a wonderful character, 16-year-old Mattie Gokey, the daughter of a poor farmer in the woods of upper New York. Grace Brown, a sad young woman, is staying at the Glenmore Hotel where Mattie works. Grace gives Mattie a bundle of letters, saying that they must be destroyed--but after Grace dies, Mattie reads them instead, and suspects Grace was murdered. Mattie must also deal...

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