A baby found in a bear's den. The only information about her family is included in a locket around her neck. A trust fund that pays for her place in a private boarding school. It all seems very mysterious from the start, but then the suspense really kick in. It is Anna's thirteenth birthday and she receives a packet of odd things - a faded drawing, a card, and carving of a hand. At her birthday party, she is pretty sure that she saw everyone freeze in place, but no one else seems to have noticed anything. Anna's former roommate and best friend, Gaelle, has been adopted by a wealthy couple in their town. When Anna visits their home for a sleepover, she becomes sure that someone is imprisoned in the basement. Could it be some of the other children that they have adopted over the years? Who will believe her if she decides to share her fears with an adult?
This is a short, quick read. It is perfect for younger middle grade readers who have enjoyed the Harry Potter movies, but are still a bit daunted by the size of the books. Although there is danger, and there are sinister adults, it is not gory or overly frightening. The story is presented through the narrative and from entries in Anna's diary, as well as illustrations that show Anna and some of the other characters. The moral dilemma of how to use the magic she is discovering is a good point for discussion. Anna is a typical early teen - a good kid, but not too "goody-goody."
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.