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The Woman in the Wall

“I’m small and thin, with a face like a glass of water. And I like to hide.”

Anna is more than shy. She is nearly invisible. Most of the time her mother and sisters don’t see, hear, or pay attention to her. At seven, terrified of the prospect of school, Anna retreats within their enormous Victorian house, and builds a house of her own: passageways and hidden rooms become her world. As the years go by, her family forgets she ever existed. Then a mysterious note is thrust through a crack in the wall, and Anna must decide whether or not to come out of hiding.

“ Kindl, who brought readers an unforgettable, offbeat protagonist in her first novel, does it again in this not-quite-fantasy . . . . How Anna finds herself and her family again is a tour de force of extraordinary drama and wicked humor.”
— Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

“ Kindl creates an original world with authority and complete credibility. Her austere yet insistent, grave yet humorous style is perfect for the narrative voice of Anna.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

Awards and Honors

Austrian National Book Award Honor
Best Book, American Library Association
NYC Public Library:
100 Best Children’s Books
Books for the Teen Age

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