GOOD RECEPTION: The Painting received a great review from Kirkus!
FOLLOW-UP TO SUCCESSFUL DEBUT: The Swallow has netted almost 13k copies to date and garnered rave reviews. This book will build on that success. This TR edition publishes alongside the TR edition of Charis’s new novel, The Ghost Road.
STRONG CHARACTERS: Charis gives incredible life to Claire and Annie, as well as Maisie, the artist and Claire’s mother; readers will identify with these characters.
EXCEPTIONAL WRITING: Charis is incredibly talented, and her writing perfectly suits this age range. She is definitely one to watch, and this book has major award potential.
STRONG STORY OF FRIENDSHIP: Annie and Claire develop a strong bond, and their friendship will resonate with readers.
CELEBRATION OF ART: There are beautiful descriptions of Maisie’s paintings in the book, and Charis shows the impact that art has on the lives of the different characters.
One of CCBC’S Best Books for Kids & Teens (2018)
“[A] cleverly constructed, compellingly paced mystery that’s part time-slip story, part ghost story, part meditation on the power of dreaming…. Full of emotional truth and connection.”—Kirkus Reviews
“3/4… [T]he mounting tension between Claire and Maisie is painfully believable… Highly recommended.”—CM Magazine
“Readers will connect with the characters and fall into the storyline with its focus on artists, loss, and family relationships…Recommended.”—School Library Connection
“Moody and atmospheric…the story unfolds at exactly the right pace and is a delicately nuanced tale of secrets, shadows of the past, family ties, heartache and healing.”—Atlantic Books Today
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