ThornhillThornhill by Pam Smy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The stories of two girls are woven together into this interesting and slightly creepy YA book. Mary Baines lives in an orphanage headed to closure in the 1980s. She is terrorized by another resident and seeks solace in her creation of clay puppets. In present day, Ella has moved into a house directly next to the now condemned orphanage. Also lonely, Ella spots a girl wandering through the decrepit building and finds herself drawn into Mary’s tale.

The best part of this book was the format—Mary’s story was told via her diary entries, and Ella’s story is entirely illustrated. I’m not typically a graphic novel fan, but was riveted and wanted more.

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