Worlds of Ink and Shadow

Worlds of Ink and Shadow : A Novel of the Brontes

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Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne. The Bronte siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, transporting them into the glittering world of Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. As they grow older, the children realise that not only are they imagining these glorious places, they are also truly crossing over, as both inhabitants and creators. When one imagined character, the Earl of Northangerland, follows Emily back home, Emily becomes caught up in a tortured romance with him, and it is only when Anne disappears that Charlotte realises she and her siblings must get to the bottom of their abilities in order to save Anne and possibly themselves. Gorgeously written and meticulously researched, Worlds of Ink and Shadow brings to life the upbringing of one of history's most celebrated literary families.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 143 x 216 x 32mm | 490g
  • Amulet Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1419710346
  • 9781419710346
  • 631,218

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"Taking her inspiration from the Brontës' juvenilia, Coakley offers an imaginative story of their childhood, in which the four supremely talented siblings have the power to transport themselves to the worlds of their fiction...readers familiar with the writers will likely enjoy noticing hints of the novels to come... this will nonetheless likely appeal to fans of clever literary fiction."--Booklist
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About Lena Coakley

Lena Coakley is the author of Witchlanders, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. She grew up in Long Island, where she wanted to be either a trapeze artist or a jewel thief. She concentrated in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and now lives in Toronto. To learn more about Lena, visit
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