The Blackhope Engima by Teresa Flavin
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Ages 9 to 12, Grades 4 to 7
Pages: 304 Jacketed Hardcover, now available in Paperback!
Date Published: August 9, 2011 (paperback will release on August 28, 2012!)
Publisher: Templar Books
An ancient painting, a magical labyrinth, and skeletons found in a locked room.
For centuries, Blackhope Tower has been shrouded in intrigue, centering on a labyrinth and painting in the Mariner’s Chamber. When fourteen-year-old Sunni Forrest visits the tower and sees her stepbrother, Dean, disappear, seemingly into the painting itself, she must find him and risk being drawn into the heart of the Blackhope enigma. This action-packed debut follows Dean, Sunni, and her friend Blaise on a journey to the heart of an age-old mystery.
In anticipation of the September release of The Crimson Shard, the second book in the The Blackhope Enigma series, Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press is re-releasing the debut novel in an affordable paperback format. According to what I’ve read, Teresa Flavin is an author turned illustrator and who could weave a more intricate and fascinating visual story than one that lives to put stories to page for other people’s vision.
This chapter book with scattered black and white drawings through out weaves a mystical tale that brings adventure from the first page. True to entertain the young and adult and middle grades it might also appeal to adults as well much in the way of Narnia and Middle Earth. These stories too are captivating by layers of a painting. Enchanting and page turning.
*Thanks to Candlewick Press for providing a copy for review.*
Teresa Flavin was born in New York and studied art in Boston and at Syracuse University. After moving to Glasgow, Scotland, she was awarded a Scottish Arts Council New Writers Bursary. She has illustrated a number of picture books. THE BLACKHOPE ENIGMA is her first novel. Teresa Flavin lives in Glasgow, Scotland.
Sunni and her stepbrother Dean enter a labyrinth and are transported into the exciting-and treacherous- layers of a 16th-century Italian painting, where swashbuckling, map reading, monster dodging, and romance are routine.
-Scholastic Parent & ChildFlavin’s novel is full of twists and unique characterization; these characters keep the reader wondering who can be trusted. The book is fast-paced and full of mystery and fantasy-a good combination for young readers.
-Library Media Connection