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3.00010617401922 out of 53.00010617401922 out of 53.00010617401922 out of 53.00010617401922 out of 53.00010617401922 out of 5 3.00 (18,837 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Donnelly Narrator: Hope Davis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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All of Mattie Lyon’s hopes and dreams are riding on her summer job at the Glennmore Hotel. She’ll make enough money to go to college in the fall. She’ll prove to her father that she is responsible. She’ll learn how to survive in the sophisticated world beyond her dad’s brokeback farm. But all her plans fall to pieces when a young woman turns up drowned in the lake. Only Mattie knows that her death is a murder.

An astonishing and heartbreaking story set in 1906, this novel will take its place beside To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Women, and other classics that hark back to times of lost innocence.

A Northern Light is Jennifer Donnelly’s first published young adult novel, and it marks the debut of a major new talent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fine blending of characters, setting, and suspense.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The author’s ability to recast the murder mystery as a cautionary tale for Mattie makes the heroine’s pending decision about her future the greatest source of suspense.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jennifer Donnelly has populated her first young-adult novel with a community of distinctive characters who ring rich and true.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Winner of Printz Honors, 2004
  • A 2004 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • A 2003 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • Winner of the 2003 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • A 2004 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2009 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • A Book Sense Pick
  • Winner of the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anita | 2/17/2014

    " I bought this on a whim, hopefully I'll find time to read and enjoy it soon. One of my best friends has it on her bookshelf, so here's to hoping that I will enjoy it -- and I am enjoying it thus far. I'm up to the second chapter, I think. X "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margo Baker | 2/17/2014

    " I really enjoyed the way history was brought into the story, and now I want to reread Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy (which I first read in high school). Mattie is a strong heroine whose emotional drive would be an inspiration for any modern young woman. I'm wary about some of the story's digressions (small plotlines coming out of nowhere then disappearing), but overall I really liked the book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathleen | 2/11/2014

    " I'm disappointed that I didn't really like this book. I really enjoyed Donnelly's Revolution, but this one just didn't do it for me. I didn't like the way it went back and forth in time, and the plot didn't really intrigue me much, and I often didn't feel much sympathy for the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/6/2014

    " Good story about a real murder, as told through a fictional 17 year old girl who worked at the resort where the murder occurred. The murder was also the basis for the Elizabeth Taylor movie A Place in the Sun. I had actually gone to the library to check this book out when I saw the library was showing the movie later in the week. Fate, I tell you! Good read for both YA and adults. "

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