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Far from the isolated prairie ranch where they were born, orphaned twins Isabelle and Beatrice Thorn are living a glamorous 1920s Hollywood life as wards of Mr. Cecil, a mysterious and influential director. Isabelle is a silent film starlet, destined for greatness in the very first talking picture--a horror flick that will showcase her famous scream, often seen but never before heard by audiences. Meanwhile, Beatrice spends her days hidden away on the Cecil estate with her books and her insect collection, scarves covering her birthmarks and baldness. But Beatrice's curiosity about Mr. Cecil, the death of her parents, the appearance of scorpion hornets--creatures that should not exist on this earth--and the unsettling fates of two people who visited his estate is getting the better of her, and she's starting to realize the director has truly dark designs for this movie.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins PublishersLtd, [2016]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443416658
Characteristics: 243 pages ;,21 cm.


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Dec 21, 2018

Very good!! A must read for anyone who likes suspense !!

MissAnnie Jun 14, 2017

Halfway through this book, I sighed with relief that this time Arthur Slade had not written a horror story. I was so wrong. The horror unfolds slowly as Beatrice discovers what is really behind the work of Mr. Cecil who is her benefactor and her sister, Isabelle's, as well. Still, I could not turn away and just had to read to the end of the story.

samdog123 Jul 21, 2016

A dark, creepy read from Canadian children's author, Arthur Slade. This author wrote the award winning 'Dust' and the Hunchback Assignment series.

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Dec 21, 2018

rainwing_life thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 14


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