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Book Title: The Haunting of Frances Rain|
The author of the book: Margaret Buffie
Date of issue: October 1st 1989
ISBN 13: 9780590428347
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So THE HAUNTING OF FRANCES RAIN is neither cheesy nor all that horror-filled but it was actually a pretty good story that had me tearing up at the end of it.
Buffie does a good job of setting scenes and pumping up the book with some good ambiance. I really felt the isolation and pseudo-gloominess of the lake Lizzie was staying at and it added to the creepy vibe of Rain Island, where her ghostly troubles started happening. She also took her time setting up Lizzie’s family situation, and Lizzie herself. Nearly half the book is spent hashing out her mom’s marriage issues, her dad leaving, her relationship with her siblings and just how Lizzie herself all around feels about everything. Sure she’s a bit of a bratty teenager but you actually get to see her grow as a person from one end of the book to the other and it’s definitely a nice change from the stock cheese I’ve been reading.
Maybe I didn’t look at the cover closely enough but I was under the impression this had something to do with the late 60s and hippies based on the glasses. Turns out they’re far older than that. That tidbit didn’t turn me on the story one way or another but fair warning it has nothing to do with hippies.
I was also amused by the Canadianness of the book. No surprise because the author is Canadian and the story is set in Canada so a lot of ‘eh’ going on and the spellings of some words aren’t US English but it only added to the character of the story. Not that Canada is all that different from the US but it added to the setting and the feel of the story that it was someplace other than the US but at the same time still relatable and easy enough to picture.
For the supernatural aspect of the story I liked how it was approached. Lizzie was afraid at first (how could she not be?) but once she adjusted to what was happening the fear changed to something of a curiosity and then a minor obsession. Luckily she had Alex on her side so didn’t think she was absolutely insane and actually aided her without impeding her. He was one of the lesser-developed characters and acted as a bit of a love interest for Lizzie but he grounded what was happening to her in reality and legitimized what she was seeing. These ghosts were never presented as frightening; just the act of seeing them was scary. Lizzie was, more often than not, a casual observer of something happening in the past. They did invade her space just once and it was a bit creepy but again, it wasn’t meant to be a frightening experience.
I liked how the ending wrapped everything up and didn’t really leave any threads hanging. The conflict between Lizzie’s mom and her step-dad was resolved, the issue with her grandmother was good to go, the sibling rivalry was getting smoothed out, and her relationship with Alex was settling in. But it didn’t feel like a hokey, Lifetime ending. It just felt really resolved and final and it fit with the whole mood of the book. That’s not to say the ending was perfect (or I should say the characters at the end weren’t perfect and smiley and happy) but it was definitely a solid ending.
Overall a pretty good book that I think transcends time. It’s a solid story with well-developed characters, excellent scene-setting, and a hint of the supernatural that can be a little creepy but is largely almost soothing and wholly interesting within the grander scheme of the story. I’d recommend THE HAUNTING OF FRANCES RAIN to people even today, I liked it that much.
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Read information about the authorAward winning author, Margaret Buffie, was born and grew up in the west end of Winnipeg, attended various schools - graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba. An artist for many years, Margaret decided to write a YA novel and Who Is Frances Rain? was published by Kids Can Press. It quickly became a bestseller after appearing in bookstores in 1987. Since then Margaret has published nine more YA books. She works at her home in Winnipeg during the winter and on the veranda of her cottage in Northwestern Ontario in the summer months. Margaret's books have been published in the United States, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, China and other countries. Margaret is the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for Body of Work (For writing inspirational to Canadian Youth); The Young Adult Canadian Book Award; is a two time winner of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People award and has been shortlisted for many other awards and honours.
Here are a few reviews of my first novel and most recent novel. To see more reviews for my other books go to http://margaretbuffie.com and click on each title.
WHO IS FRANCES RAIN?
REVIEW: Who is Frances Rain? is as distinctly Canadian as the intoxicating lure of silent woods and wind-whipped lakes. The textures of the narrative and the well-rounded characters are just as haunting as the ghosts Lizzie finds on Rain Island. It’s a ghost story with much to reveal to the thoughtful reader about the turbulent emotions at work within families. It’s a novel that makes us grateful for a strong new voice in Canadian literature for young people, a voice we’ll want to hear again soon. QUILL AND QUIRE
REVIEW:Who is Frances Rain? will probably be devoured by its young adult readers in one sitting. It deserves to be; this is an excellent book. TORONTO STAR
REVIEW:Buffie’s story is moody and atmospheric – the lake and the island are pungently, perfectly evoked. Lizzie’s encounters with ghosts are beautifully handled, with just the right balance of eerie and emotional moments. PUBLISHERS WEELY
REVIEW:Vicky Metcalf Award-Winner MargaretBuffie returns with a breathtaking novel that is part realism, part time-travel fantasy,
and part coming of age tale. Winter
Shadows focuses on two young women who
live in the same Manitoba home a century and a half apart.....
This communication across time obviouslydraws on the conventions of fantasy, but these elements
arenever forced or implausible, and there is plenty of suspense and energy to sustain the two alternating narratives." QUILL AND QUIRE, DECEMBER 2010:
REVIEW: Buffie is a master of the ghost story, carefully allowing Cass and Beatrice to drift in and out of each other's lives in convincing fashion. The convention of the diary allows Cass to connect the dots and learn more about her ancestors. The dialogue both in past and present is authentic, revealing character and moving the action along. CANADIAN MATERIALS
REVIEW: The alternating narratives are gripping, and the characters are drawn with rich complexity; even the stepmothers are finally humanized. Readers will be pulled in by the searing history of bigotry as well as the universals of family conflict, love, and friendship. Grades 7-10.
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOC. BOOKLIST: January 2011
THE DARK GARDEN
REVIEW: a first rate blend of ghost story and problem novel about Thea, 16, struggling to recover from traumatic amnesia after a bike accident. Buffie creates a tightly knit, evocatively written, and lushly (but chastely) romantic thriller. The protagonists - living and dead - are distinctly characterized; a once beautiful, now weed-choked garden is simultaneously setting and symbol of lost happiness. vivid sensory writing makes the fluctuations in Thea’s state of consciousness perfectly convincing. KIRKUS
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