The Painting

The Painting

Book - 2017
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When Annie s mother slips into a coma following a car accident, strange things begin to happen to Annie. She finds herself falling into the painting and meeting Claire, a girl her own age living at the lighthouse. Claire s mother Maisie is the artist behind the painting, and like Annie, Claire s relationship with her mother is fraught. Annie thinks she can help them find their way back to each other, and in so doing, help mend her relationship with her own mother. But who IS Claire? Why can Annie travel through the painting? And can Annie help her mother wake up from her coma?
Publisher: [Toronto] : Tundra, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101918876
Branch Call Number: COTTER
Characteristics: 278 pages : illustration ; 21 cm

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SurreyLibraries_Teens May 07, 2018

After finding an old painting of a lighthouse in her attic, Annie becomes entranced by it. She soon discovers the magical properties of the painting and falls through it. She quickly comes to a realization: she has been transported to the exact same lighthouse from the painting. As Annie’s unexpe... Read More »


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After finding an old painting of a lighthouse in her attic, Annie becomes entranced by it. She soon discovers the magical properties of the painting and falls through it. She quickly comes to a realization: she has been transported to the exact same lighthouse from the painting. As Annie’s unexpected journey unfolds, she must solve the mysteries of the Crooked Head lighthouse and what lies beyond the painting.

The dual perspectives of both Annie and Claire worked very well in this story. It captured Claire’s longing and sadness and Annie’s confusion and perseverance nicely. I feel like the transitions between chapters and both perspectives were too jumpy; the viewpoints of these two characters could’ve been longer at times to make the scenes more encapsulating. The writing style of the author expressed the emotions and characteristics of the characters wonderfully. The setting of the story was beautifully written as well, engrossing the reader in both Annie and Claire’s worlds.

I enjoyed the aspect of traveling through the paintings, but it could’ve been given more clarity and details on how it works. I was sometimes confused after reading some scenes when Annie would transport through the paintings. It was said that travelling got more difficult for her over time, but it was never fully explained as to why this happened.

For a middle grade book, I think this is a good story for a younger audience that is both entertaining and well written. It teaches the value of family and friendship beautifully through a touching and engaging story. - Shae

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