Shadows of the Silver Screen

9780807573198. ea. vol.: 256p. (The Penelope Tredwell Mysteries). ebook available. Albert Whitman. 2014. Tr $16.99.
Gr 4–7—In Twelve Minutes to Midnight, readers meet Penelope Tredwell, the 13-year-old newspaper heiress and ghostwriter who pens tales of horror and mystery as Montgomery Flinch. She must keep her true identity secret, going so far as to hire an actor to play Montgomery at public appearances. In Shadows of the Silver Screen, a filmmaker wants to transform Penelope's stories into a motion picture. The protagonist soon finds that her terrifying tales are bleeding into reality. An atmospheric and spine-tingling series for middle graders who love old-fashioned mysteries.
Orphaned heiress Penelope Tredwell seems like a proper Victorian girl, but she's secretly the author of the ghastly tales in her family's popular magazine, Penny Dreadful. When the mental patients in Bedlam begin writing strange visions of the future, Penelope is determined to investigate--even if it puts her in mortal danger. This well-crafted middle-grade mystery's plucky heroine recalls Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart.

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