The Einsteins of Vista Point

The Einsteins of Vista Point

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When Zack's younger sister dies in a tragic accident, his family moves to a small town in the Northwest to try and heal from all the pain. Eleven-year-old Zack blames himself for his sister's death, and he struggles to find any comfort in his new surroundings. Vista Point is home to many mysterious landmarks: The great domed Tower casts inscrutable shadows, and what is the cryptic message in its ceiling medallion? There are several hidden watering holes and even a secret cave in the woods with messages written on its walls. Zack, at first, feels lost in Vista Point. Until he meets Ann, a girl who lives in the area and shows Zack all the special places to be discovered. But there's something that seems a bit strange about Ann-and perhaps a secret she is keeping from him.

With emotional depth, an unforgettable setting, and a winning cast of characters, this masterful novel thoughtfully explores the grieving process, and how a season of pain can evolve into a summer of healing.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 196 x 30mm | 340g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316317438
  • 9780316317436
  • 66,196

Review quote

"Guterson treads carefully, demonstrating how grief can be maneuvered but not entirely left behind--this is a bruised family, even as they heal through shared experiences, conversations, and renewed trust that their loved ones will support their unique ways of mourning. The mystery of a tower, secret messages, ghostly communications, and a cranky old man are all appealing elements that move the story forward . . . readers will be glad to see the Einsteins get some closure, joy, and good karma."--BCCB
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About Ben Guterson

Ben Guterson is the author of Winterhouse, an Edgar Award and Agatha Award finalist as well as an Indie Next List Pick, and its sequels, The Secrets of Winterhouse and The Winterhouse Mysteries. The Winterhouse trilogy is available in ten languages worldwide. Ben and his family live in the foothills of the Cascades east of Seattle, and you can visit him online at
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Rating details

45 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 24% (11)
4 51% (23)
3 22% (10)
2 2% (1)
1 0% (0)
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