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     The Shell House by Linda Newbery   
    Friday, May 02 2003 @ 04:13 AM
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    The Shell House by Linda Newbery
    Reading level: Young Adult

    Connected through time by a once stately mansion, now a burned-out shell of its former grandeur, two young men struggle with the contradictions between body and soul in both contemporary England and the barbed-wire battlefields of WWI.

    In 2002, Greg is a shy photographer who is elated to discover the ruins of Graveney Hall, a crumbling manor undergoing restoration. As he begins to photograph and explore the grounds, he mulls over the strange new feelings he's having for his classmate Jordan, an introspective boy on the school swim team.

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    Meanwhile, he's also been befriended by Faith, an outgoing girl whose strong sense of spirituality draws Greg into several arguments about religion, causing him to wonder how his recent feelings for Jordan fit into the world of Faith's God. In 1917, Edmund is a young aristocratic soldier burdened by family expectations, the brutality of war, and a secret that could destroy his family. While he loves Graveney Hall, he knows that he will never produce the heir required for him to inherit it. Why? Because he is in love with Alex, his superior officer. Both Edmund and Greg strike bargains with God as each decides what he must to do to uncover his secret--or hide it forever.

    Passionate and provoking, The Shell House will provide teens with food for thought on a number of compelling issues, including the search for identity, the question of spirituality, and how sexual ethics have changed over time. Fans of Aidan Chambers's similarly themed, Carnegie Award-winning novel, Postcards from No Man's Land, will also enjoy The Shell House.






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    The Shell House by Linda Newbery
    Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, February 17 2004 @ 01:40 PM
    I thought the Shell House was a wonderful book that draws you in from page one.
    I became so wrapped up in Greg's world and in Edmund's world I hardly noticed the hours go by - and I re-read the book three times in a row.
    However, the ending was a bit of a dissapointment as it left quite a few things unresloved and not in the go-and-make-up-your-own-mind-way.
    For instance, I was dying to know if Greg and Jordan would end up together or not, and if Faith and Greg found Edmund's letters from Alex.

    However, the book as a whole was brilliant and would be my No.1 favourite if not for the ending!
    I would give it 9 and a half out of ten and reccomend it to everyone over 13 or 14 (I'm 13, nearly 14).
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    The Shell House by Linda Newbery
    Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 24 2004 @ 12:38 PM
    i agree totally. ive just read this book and i loved it. i was completely drawn in to the worlds and lives of both Greg and Edmund. it was soooo well written and very sad, but funny in places too.

    it makes you think a lot, and the main characters are so likeable; you want them to be happy. i felt so sorry for Jordan when Greg was mean to him, but i wanted to know if they got together in the end, which i hoped that they would. i also think that this is the book's only fault. There were loose ends to tie up, like Greg and Jordan, and the ending was quite abrupt, but overall, this book is fantastic and i recommend it to anybody above 13. 10/10
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