Lawrence, Michael. A crack in the Line.

Author:Cox, Ernie
Position:Brief Article - Children's Review - Book Review

LAWRENCE, Michael. A crack in the line. (The Withern Rise Trilogy.) HarperCollins, Greenwillow. 323p. c2003. 0-06-072479-X. $7.99. JS *

A haunting passage introduces readers to 16-year-olds Alaric and Naia: "They shared a history, a lineage, memories, and had lived all their lives in the same house, Withern Rise, where they had occupied the same room, done the same things ... and yet ... they had never met." Two years after the death of his mother, Alaric's life is not all he wishes it to be. His father's girlfriend is moving in and the house is in great disrepair. While moping about he discovers his mother's folly--a glass-domed shade from the Edwardian era. The folly contains the last project Alaric's mother Alex made before her death, a scale model of Withern Rise. What...

To continue reading