Lucy Crisp and the Vanishing House book.
It has been a year since Lucy Crisp graduated from high school and she still hasn't found her calling. That is, until she discovers an exclusive arts college called Ladywyck Lodge. On a whim, she applies and is thrilled to be accepted into their program. Lucy moves to Esther Wren, the charming little town where it's based, and stays in the house her father buys as an investment: a magnificent building built by a sea captain in 1876. The house has history and personality --perhaps too much personality. . .
Strange things start happening: Lucy hears voices and footsteps in empty rooms. She sees people and things that should not be there. Furniture disappears and elaborate desserts appear. What's worse is that the strange events are not restricted to her house. Lucy begins to understand that the town and its inhabitants are hiding many secrets, and Ladywyck is at the heart. As the eerie happenings escalate, Lucy fears she is being threatened -- but she is determined not to let fairy potions, spells and talk of witchcraft scare her away.
Janet Hill's enchanting debut novel is part mystery, part supernatural thriller and all fun.
Publisher: Tundra Books/ Penguin Random House Canada
Age Level: 12 and up
Praise for Lucy Crisp:
***A Junior Library Guild Selection***
“ The combination of Lucy’s naïve sleuthing and the small-town setting with its quirky, slightly sinister residents, all illustrated in retro-looking full-color portraits and paintings, firmly mark this as a cozy horror. Teens seeking a terror-free spine tingle are in for a treat.” --Kirkus Reviews
" The book is a mystery, an exploration of character, a bit philosophical, and frequently funny. Paired with Janet Hill’s inimitable illustrations, readers are immersed in a world where the difference between an enchantment and a haunting becomes quite significant." -- Imaginary Elevators
"Moody full-page and spot illustrations by Hill (Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess) evoke a sense of uneasy glamour, and the text’s arch tone underlines its picturesque-turned-uncanny-valley vibe. Spine-tingling with a gentle message about belonging and creativity, Hill’s debut novel is a worthy diversion."-- Publishers Weekly
“A quirky combination of magic and ordinariness, of historic detail and imagination. Janet Hill adds beautiful colour illustrations throughout the text. The result is uniquely enchanting.” --Resource Links