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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

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Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.

This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that's full of rich detail and beautifully written. It has a terrific sense of place. Although the narrator is only 10 years old, the content of this book is definitely going to appeal to teenagers and adults. With a wonderful lightness of touch, the author intertwines the feelings of adults as children keep disappearing in a compelling and heart-felt way.


The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

On the day Katharina Linden disappears, Pia is the last person to see her alive. Terror is spreading through the town. How could a ten-year-old girl vanish in a place where everybody knows everybody else? Pia is determined to find out what happened to Katharina. But then the next girl disappears.


Both a wonderful first novel, and a strange, haunting modern fairytale, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is that rare beast: a book that reawakens in adults the childhood terror of the bogeyman, and confirms for children that the world is an infinitely stranger place than adults might like to pretend . . . --John Connolly, New York Times author of The Reapers The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is a stunning debut with a richly evoked setting, a smart sympathetic heroine, and the best opening line for a novel I've ever read. Helen Grant conjures a tale of evil in rural Germany that would make the Brothers Grimm jealous!' --Rick Riordan, New York Times author of the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series Dark and deadly as the original Grimm's German folktales, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden hides its menace behind the exquisitely charming narrator, Pia, an unforgettable child of the first order. --Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child and Angels of Destruction

About the Author

Helen Grant was born in London. She read Classics at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, and then worked in marketing for ten years in order to fund her love of travelling. In 2001 she and her family moved to Bad Münstereifel in Germany, and it was exploring the legends of this beautiful town that inspired her to write her first novel. She now lives in Brussels with her husband, her two children and a small German cat.

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2nd April 2009


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Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


352 pages


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Crime & mystery fiction (Children's / Teenage)



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