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Amber House (Amber House, Book 1)

by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed


Arthur A. Levine Books
September 2013


Fiction
Ages 14 – 16 . Grades 9 – 11

Lexile measure: HL650L

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Sarah Parsons has never seen Amber House, the grand Maryland estate that's been in her family for three centuries. She's never walked its hedge maze nor found its secret chambers; she's never glimpsed the shades that haunt it, nor hunted for lost diamonds in its walls.

But all of that is about to change. After her grandmother passes away, Sarah and her friend Jackson decide to search for the diamonds--and the house comes alive. She discovers that she can see visions of the house's past, like the eighteenth-century sea captain who hid the jewels, or the glamorous great-grandmother driven mad by grief. She grows closer to both Jackson and a young man named Richard Hathaway, whose family histories are each deeply entwined with her own. But when the visions start to threaten the person she holds most dear, Sarah must do everything she can to get to the bottom of the house's secrets, and stop the course of history before it is cemented forever.
Kelly Moore

Kelly Moore wrote the beginnings of the AMBER HOUSE series years ago, but it wasn't until her daughters Tucker and Larkin Reed found the manuscript and convinced her to work on it with them that it became a full-fledged trilogy. All three ladies reside in southern Oregon.
Larkin Reed

Kelly Moore wrote the beginnings of the AMBER HOUSE series years ago, but it wasn't until her daughters Tucker and Larkin Reed found the manuscript and convinced her to work on it with them that it became a full-fledged trilogy. All three ladies reside in southern Oregon.
Tucker Reed

Kelly Moore wrote the beginnings of the AMBER HOUSE series years ago, but it wasn't until her daughters Tucker and Larkin Reed found the manuscript and convinced her to work on it with them that it became a full-fledged trilogy. All three ladies reside in southern Oregon.

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  • Praise for AMBER HOUSE

    "Lush descriptions and an intricate plot drive this intense tale, which straddles the lines between magical realism, fantasy, ghost stories, and horror, with a touch of romance and classic glamour. The result is something rich, strange, and utterly fascinating." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

    "Swift plotting combines with vivid, cinematic prose to make this gothic tale compulsively readable, and an unexpected ending elevates the story beyond the genre.... Complex, elegant, and haunting, this is a book that deserves to be read in one sitting." -- BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS, starred review

    "Move over Bella Swan: Sarah is a strong, admirable character who'd rather speak her mind than sulk and sigh over some hot guy. Richly woven, with depth and swift plotting that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

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--- - From Amber House


Wild with relief, I turned. The attic door was closed. Jackson left it open - ! ' I know Jackson left it open. I could sense, could feel, that whoever had climbed the stairs was now standing just beyond that closed door. Standing' - ! ' not moving' - ! ' not speaking. Not helping.


Behind me, the sound of chain sliding over wood.


I felt so cold, so squeezed, I could hardly draw in breath. A tear oozed like blood from the corner of my eye.


I made myself turn. I made myself look.


A woman stood in the shaft of moonlight. She was all darkness to me, back-lit by the window. I could see thick curls of black hair, the curves of muscled arms, a shapeless drape of translucent gown. All motionless. A spider ran down a lock of her hair, and air escaped me in the smallest gasp. I wanted to shove my fist in my mouth to stop the scream rising in my throat.
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