The Girl in the Red Coat Book
Score: 3.5
From 545 Ratings

The Girl in the Red Coat


  • Author : Kate Hamer
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2015-02-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571313259

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The Girl in the Red Coat Excerpt :

She is the missing girl. But she doesn't know she's lost. Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children's festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift... While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is - and who she might become.

The Girl in the Red Coat Book
Score: 3.5
From 544 Ratings

The Girl in the Red Coat


  • Author : Kate Hamer
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release Date : 2017-02-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 9781612195612

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The Girl in the Red Coat Excerpt :

"Immediately recalls the explosion of similarly titled books and movies, from Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels to The Girl on the Train to Gone Girl … "—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Newly single mom Beth has one constant, gnawing worry: that her dreamy eight-year-old daughter, Carmel, who has a tendency to wander off, will one day go missing. And then one day, it happens: On a Saturday morning thick with fog, Beth takes Carmel to a local outdoor festival, they get separated in the crowd, and Carmel is gone. Shattered, Beth sets herself on the grim and lonely mission of finding her daughter, keeping on relentlessly even as the authorities tell her that Carmel may be gone for good. Carmel, meanwhile, is on a strange and harrowing journey of her own—to a totally unexpected place that requires her to live by her wits, while trying desperately to keep in her head, at all times, a vision of her mother… Alternating between Beth’s story and Carmel’s, and written in gripping prose that won’t let go, The Girl in the Red Coat is an utterly immersive story that’s impossible to put down…and impossible to forget.

The Girl in the Red Coat Book
Score: 2.5
From 4 Ratings

The Girl in the Red Coat


  • Author : Roma Ligocka
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2016-01-12
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250111227

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The Girl in the Red Coat Excerpt :

When she first saw Schindler's List--to whose premiere in Germany she was invited--Roma Ligocka suddenly realized she was witnessing a part of her own life. She felt instinctively that the little girl in the red coat--the only spot of color in the film--was her. When she had lived in the Krakow ghetto during the Second World War she had worn a strawberry-red coat given to her by her grandmother. Unlike the girl in Spielbeg's film, however, Roma survived the war. Startled by this eerie conjunction of art and reality, Ligocka determined to write the story of her own life, to find out what had become of the little girl, and to measure who she now was. From a harrowing childhood under the Nazis, described with a simplicity and innocence that lends it even greater power, through the trials of living in Communist Poland, to a career in the theater and film (an artistic struggle paralleling that of her cousin, Roman Polanski), Ligocka traces her struggle for self-defiition and happiness. The Girl in the Red Coat is a courageous and moving story of survival and triumph.

The Doll Funeral Book
Score: 2.5
From 2 Ratings

The Doll Funeral


  • Author : Kate Hamer
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2017-01-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571313877

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The Doll Funeral Excerpt :

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I'm supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed. I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he'd give me a medal for lying. I wasn't lying. I'm a hunter for lost souls and I'm going to be with my real family. And I'm not going to let Mick stop me.

The Red Coat Book

The Red Coat


  • Author : Dolley Carlson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 483
  • ISBN 10 : 9781510743328

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The Red Coat Excerpt :

Think Downton Abbey, set in the heart of Boston Irish domestic worker Norah King's decision to ask her wealthy employer, Caroline Parker, for an elegant red coat that the Beacon Hill matriarch has marked for donation ignites a series of events that neither woman could have fathomed. The unlikely exchange will impact their respective daughters and families for generations to come, from the coat's original owner, marriage-minded collegian Cordelia Parker, to the determined and spirited King sisters of South Boston, Rosemary, Kay, and Rita. As all of these young women experience the realities of life – love and loss, conflict and joy, class prejudices and unexpected prospects – the red coat reveals the distinction between cultures, generations, and landscapes in Boston during the 1940s and 50s, a time of change, challenge, and opportunity. Meet the proud, working-class Irish and staid, upper-class Brahmins through the contrasting lives of these two families and their friends and neighbors. See how the Parkers and the Kings each overcome sudden tragedy with resolve and triumph. And witness the profound impact of a mother’s heart on her children’s souls. Carlson brings us front and center with her knowing weave of Celtic passion – both tragic and joyful – words of wisdom, romance, humor, and historical events. Dive into Boston feet first! The Red Coat is a rich novel that chronicles the legacy of Boston from both sides of the city, Southie and the Hill.

Girl in the Blue Coat Book
Score: 3.5
From 23 Ratings

Girl in the Blue Coat


  • Author : Monica Hesse
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2016-04-05
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316260640

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Girl in the Blue Coat Excerpt :

The bestselling, "gripping" (Entertainment Weekly), "powerful" (Hypable), "utterly thrilling" (Paste.com) winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery, perfect for readers of Kristin Hannah and Ruta Sepetys. Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person--a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action. Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary novel about bravery, grief, and love in impossible times. Don't miss The War Outside and They Went Left, two more gripping historical novels by Monica Hesse

The Man in the Red Coat Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

The Man in the Red Coat


  • Author : Julian Barnes
  • Publisher : Random House Canada
  • Release Date : 2020-02-18
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735279957

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The Man in the Red Coat Excerpt :

The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending takes us on a rich, witty, revelatory tour of Belle Époque Paris, via the life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi. IN THE SUMMER OF 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days' shopping: a prince, a count and a commoner with an Italian name. In time, each of these men would achieve a certain level of renown, but who were they then and what was the significance of their sojourn to England? Answering these questions, Julian Barnes unfurls the stories of their lives, playing out against the backdrop of the Belle Époque in Paris. Our guide through this world is Samuel Pozzi, the society doctor, free-thinker and man of science with a famously complicated private life, and the subject of one of John Singer Sargent's greatest portraits. In this vivid tapestry of people (Henry James, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, Proust, James Whistler, among many others), place, and time, we see not merely an epoch of glamour and pleasure, but, surprisingly, one of violence, prejudice and nativism--with more parallels to our own age than we might imagine. The Man in the Red Coat is, at once, a fresh portrait of the Belle Époque; an illuminating look at the longstanding exchange of ideas between Britain and France; and a life of a man who lived passionately in the moment but whose ideas and achievements were far ahead of his time.

Thirteen Chairs Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

Thirteen Chairs


  • Author : Dave Shelton
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2015-07-28
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545823111

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Thirteen Chairs Excerpt :

A spine-tingling collection of ghost stories When a boy finds himself drawn into an empty house one cold night, he enters a room in which twelve unusual-looking people sit around a table. And the thirteenth chair is pulled out for him.One by one, each of those assembled tells their ownghost story: tales of doom and death; of ghostly creatures and malevolent spirits; of revenge and reward. It is only at the end of the night that the boy starts to understand what story he must tell . . .

The Kid in the Red Jacket Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

The Kid in the Red Jacket


  • Author : Barbara Park
  • Publisher : Yearling
  • Release Date : 2011-08-31
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307797049

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The Kid in the Red Jacket Excerpt :

If you thought Junie B. Jones was FUNNY—catch more laughs from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Park with her hilarious middle-grade novels—just right for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and I Funny! Can Howard SURVIVE life without friends? Howard Jeeter’s parents have ruined his life. They’ve moved him across the country, and all the kids in his new town act like he’s totally invisible. At least, all of them except for his six-year-old neighbor, Molly Vera Thompson. Howard could use a friend. But a little girl who talks nonstop? Not what he had in mind. Still, when you’re really lonely, you’ll be friends with anyone…right? An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice A Library of Congress Children’s Book of the Year A Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner * “Park writes in a witty and bittersweet style about the awkward, supersensitive age of early adolescence. Another first-rate addition to the middle-grade popular reading shelf.” —School Library Journal, Starred “[A] witty middle-grade novel.” —Publishers Weekly

The Little Red Coat Book

The Little Red Coat


  • Author : Kevin Flynn
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018-09-10
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 1723279943

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The Little Red Coat Excerpt :

Dr. Kevin Flynn, a family physician and a coroner in Ontario, Canada accidentally breaks a family heirloom and finds four documents that start him on the trail of documenting a family tragedy set in his school-teacher parents' home in rural Ireland nine decades past. His family in Ireland did not talk about the past and what little information became available in his younger years proved to be incorrect. Using his experience of death investigation in Canada for thirty years, his odyssey takes him back to the land of his birth in search of documents in the National Archives of Ireland and interviews with people still alive who helped to throw light on the mystery and to discover and document the truth about how two sisters, Philomena, age one year and ten months and Maureen age six years and nine months, whom he never knew, came to their deaths at the hands of a teenage girl. Mary Cole had been a pupil at the Camross National School and was taught by the parents of Dr. Flynn. They took the girl into their home after she finished her primary education to care for their family of five small children in the village of Camross, nestled in the shade of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the Irish midlands. Mr. Flynn discovered that the live-in 15 year old girl, mature beyond her years, misbehaved with some local boys at night, and after she was confronted by her employers, she denied her guilt two times until the truth was revealed before the local Parish Priest. This true story of deceit and betrayal by a young girl who nursed, fed and cared for the children of the schoolmaster and his teacher wife unites the tragedy that unfolded with Ireland's recovery from a brutal civil war with the transition from the English colonial education system that suppressed the proud traditions of the Irish language and history until the War of Independence that fostered the rebirth of national pride. It is a tale of revenge for being exposed twice before the priest and the perceived loss of he

Oskar Schindler Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Oskar Schindler


  • Author : David Crowe
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2007-08-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 800
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465008490

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Oskar Schindler Excerpt :

Spy, businessman, bon vivant, Nazi Party member, Righteous Gentile. This was Oskar Schindler, the controversial savior of almost 12,000 Jews during the Holocaust who struggled afterwards to rebuild his life and gain international recognition for his wartime deeds. Author David Crowe examines every phase of the subject's life in this landmark biography, presenting a figure of mythic proportions that one prominent Schindler Jew described as “an extraordinary man in extraordinary times.”

The Guilty One Book
Score: 3.5
From 14 Ratings

The Guilty One


  • Author : Lisa Ballantyne
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2013-03-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062195531

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The Guilty One Excerpt :

Moving and suspenseful, Lisa Ballantyne’s The Guilty One is a psychological thriller about the darkness in each of us. It explores how we are all tied to our pasts, and what it means to be guilty. Solicitor Daniel Hunter is called to defend 11-year-old Sebastian who has been charged with the murder of a young boy on a London playground. While examining Sebastian’s life in order to save it, Daniel can’t help but be transported to his own difficult youth spent in foster care—a time when the one he trusted the most was the one who betrayed him… Emotionally wrought, and with an abundance of twists and turns, The Guilty One is a character-driven novel of suspense that explores the true nature of guilt.

Crushed Book

Crushed


  • Author : Kate Hamer
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2019-04-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571336685

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Crushed Excerpt :

'Mesmerising, compulsive, deliciously dark - and so good on the complex and thorny bond between friends. Kate Hamer's writing is incandescent.' Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party Phoebe stands on Pulteney Bridge, tights gashed from toe to thigh. The shock of mangled metal and blood-stained walls flashes through her mind as she tries to cover her face so she won't be recognised. It wouldn't do to be spotted looking like this. She's missing a shoe. She feels sick. Phoebe thought murder and murder happened. Thoughts are just thoughts, they said. Now she knows they were wrong. At home, Phoebe arranges the scissors and knives so they point toward her mother's room. She is exhausted, making sure there's no trace of herself - not a single hair, not even her scent - left anywhere in the house. She must not let her thoughts unravel, because if they do, there's no telling who might be caught in the crossfire, and Phoebe will have to live with the consequences.

The Girl in Red Book

The Girl in Red


  • Author : Aaron Frisch
  • Publisher : Creative Editions
  • Release Date : 2012-08-29
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 1568462239

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The Girl in Red Excerpt :

A good story can change. In The Girl in Red, acclaimed illustrator Roberto Innocenti offers a modern take on the centuries-old tale of an ailing grandmother, a wicked wolf, and a young girl in a red coat. Innocenti's brilliantly detailed illustrations present a city as a wilderness, while text by Aaron Frisch narrates the journey of a girl named Sophia through the twists and turns of a stormy day.

Schindler s List Book
Score: 4
From 41 Ratings

Schindler s List


  • Author : Thomas Keneally
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-08-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476750484

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Schindler s List Excerpt :

In remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the Nazi concentration camps, this award-winning, bestselling work of Holocaust fiction, inspiration for the classic film and “masterful account of the growth of the human soul” (Los Angeles Times Book Review), returns with an all-new introduction and beautifully redesigned cover. An “extraordinary” (New York Review of Books) novel based on the true story of how German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally, author of The Book of Science and Antiquities and The Daughter of Mars, uses the actual testimony of the Schindlerjuden—Schindler’s Jews—to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil. “Astounding…in this case the truth is far more powerful than anything the imagination could invent” (Newsweek).