The Wish House

Author(s): Celia Rees
Original Publish Date: Mar 06, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.98 hours)
Product Number: Z100011312
Released: Mar 06, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739355039
Narrator/s: Christopher Cazenove
Publisher: Listening Library
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Richard has hung out at the abandoned house in the woods during his summer vacation for as long as he can remember. But this year, he discovers that a family has moved in. The father, J. A. Dalton, is an internationally renowned artist who insists on painting Richard's portrait, while Dalton's wife draws the boy into her circle as though he were one of the family's bohemian adult friends. But it is their beautiful daughter, Clio, with whom Richard becomes obsessed. Soon he finds ways to spend days-and nights-with Clio, all the while struggling to understand and fit in with her eccentric clan. How can he know that some mysteries are best left unsolved-and that the passions of a single summer will change his life forever?

Professional reviews

"For mature teens, the story of Richard and Clio and their summer together draws on the theme of first love. Christopher Cazenove's narration engages as the account of Richard and Clio's time together moves between the past and the present. The story features descriptions of paintings from that summer by Clio's famous father. One storytelling device juxtaposes the captions on the paintings with startling scenes from Clio's unconventional family life, which Richard finds captivating. Casenove's nuanced performance illuminates the deception that Richard experiences and its effect on him. The secret of what happened that summer is finally revealed at the end of the story. L.D.H. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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