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by Anne Spollen

Free eBook Light Beneath Ferns download ISBN: 0738715425
Author: Anne Spollen
Publisher: Flux (February 8, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 206
Category: Books for Children
Subcategory: Growing Up and Facts of Life
Size MP3: 1854 mb
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Rating: 4.5
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Light Beneath Ferns - Anne Spollen. Acclaim for Anne Spollen’s The Shape of Water. This enchanting novel starts quietly, draws the reader in and weaves a seductive spell that holds until the last page. Rivetin. pollen’s incredibly descriptive prose creates images as clear and alive as those of a master painter. School Library Journal. Spollen’s vivid writing about Magda’s unusual perceptions will leave a strong impression on many teen. Booklist. Elizah Rayne is nothing like other fourteen-year-old girls.

I have this strange sense that my silence is preparing me for something I can't name. I have this strange sense that my silence is preparing me for something I can't name. About Me. Anne Spollen. Near the Atlantic Ocean, NJ, United States. I live near the Atlantic Ocean with my husband, two teenage boys and tween daughter.

Author: Anne Spollen. Source: Blog Tour hosted by Cleverly Inked. In the first chapter of the book, the author does a wonderful job of sucking you into her world. Reading level: Young Adult. Paperback: 216 pages. She sets up the book with great lines and makes you think outside the box. I was excited to start reading it. Yet, after that first chapter, my interest slid downhill. For the first half of the book it is all about Elizah’s depression and how she can be helped into finding new friends. It got to be boring and repetitive. I did love the witty dialogue though that comes out of Elizah.

My first novel, The Shape of Water, was released in 2008; my second one"Light Beneath Ferns" came out in February, 2010. Currently, I am working on a book about how addiction impacts a family.

My first book cover, "Light Beneath Ferns" by Anne Spollen due out February, 2010 at book sellers worldwide. Yay!!! It makes me so happy. And if Catie liked the book, I think I will too. It seems like we have the same taste for books. phatpuppy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009. evilpokejuggalette Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010 Hobbyist General Artist. seriously? you did this book cover?! i read this book just because of this cover! Reply. phatpuppy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010.

Anne Spollen introduced her short story, published today at RPD . Elizah and her mother live on the edge of a cemetery. By Anne Spollen I am a recent refugee from the life I planned since I was twelve.

Anne Spollen introduced her short story, published today at RPD, with the following e-mail message:Hello,This is a piece from a collection of essays/fiction I am working on that are thematically connected. Most 14-year-olds would be sort of creeped out by that, but she is far more upset by her mother's sudden need to "be normal.

I have this strange sense that my silence is preparing me for something I can't name . . .

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Elizah is a very quiet teenage girl who has adults in her life trying to make her more sociable. She resists people who are adamant about changing her, and stays very much "into" herself. She lives on cemetery grounds with her mother and she's fascinated by bones. She finds a jawbone and keeps it secret from everyone. She doesn;t fit into her new school - and is a definitel outsider
Elizah then meets Nathaniel - who is about her age but doesn't go to her school. He is secretive and myseterious. I loved his mystery and his village - the way things seemed to be when Elizah and Nathaniel were together
LIGHT BENEATH FERNS is an eerie novel involving romance, bones, and spirits. Elizah is a quiet teenage girl who has adults in her life trying to make her more sociable. Resisting people who are adamant about changing her, Elizah explores the environs on her own. She lives on cemetery grounds and she's fascinated by bones, in particular a jawbone she found that she questions is animal or human in nature. Elizah has romantic feelings towards Nathaniel, a mysterious boy who lingers in the area and is inexplicably interested in the jawbone. The setting and atmosphere in this novel is haunting. And just as in Spollen's first novel THE SHAPE OF WATER, the language here is poetic.
The paranormal world is one of ups and downs...For example, you can read 6 or 7 fantastic books in a row and then BLAH you run into a swamp. You would think that over the years my love of reading and my somewhat educated mind would learn that anticipation is a horrendous habit, yet there I was 12:30am Monday morning, hopped up on caffeine and waiting not so patiently for the Kindle faeries to bring me a prize.

"Light Beneath Ferns" was supposed to be a smash, I didn't just decide this for myself, it has been splashed across the literary world for a few months now making several (including mine) lists of what to read in 2010. So as I sat on the edge of my bed, freezing my ass off cause my husband steals the covers, I opened the well worn cover on my Kindle and began to read.

The first chapter was brilliant. Spouting warnings like..."If death and the dead make you afraid, you better just stop reading and go take a nap." and I loved the heroin of the book, she was brooding, witty, sarcastic and an overall pain in the ass (kinda like me) but as for the remainder of the book? Yes, thanks....I think I'll go take that nap you suggested.

The concept of this book was captivating...very quiet girl who would rather spend time with bones than live people moves to town and meets mysterious disappearing boy. Great right? Just reading that sentence alone could spin a million different scenarios into your head, unfortunately...the book spent more time focusing on the emotional instability of Elizah and her screwed up family than it actually did with the "supposedly" scary scenarios.

Elizah likes to be alone, to her, talking is unnecessary and "fitting in" is the last thing on her list. After her father gambles all of the family's money away and then jumps trial, Elizah and her equally as quirky mother hoof it out of town only to turn around and take up residence in a old house that borders a cemetery. Elizah, wanting nothing more than a little peace and quiet wanders the property eventually running across a human jaw bone. With bones on her mind and a mother on her back Elizah set out to find the truth, but instead finds Nathaniel, a boy that speaks like a fortune cookie and dresses like a pauper.

After the first chapter the plot becomes a tangled mess of witty but sloppy writing. All the questions are... in the end answered, (some very abstractly) but with the book being so short (it took me only a few hours to read it) there was hardly time for proper character developement leaving me with a somewhat distant or lost feeling. "Spollen's" YA moments were lacking the push/pull that is necessary to keep an audience enthralled and the so called "scary" was almost completely non-existent. What was supposed to be a bright shining mark in this years literary catalog was nothing more than a mild jog through the woods with an overbearing guidance counselor and paragraphs of sloppy descriptives.

My suggestion? Save your money...if you require substance in your reads than this book is just to short to make any sort of lasting impression.

Happy reading my fellow Outcast and remember: if you find a random human bone in the ground just leave it there... picking it up and turning it into your pet is just plain weird.
Anne Spollen is an expert word smith and a master of creating relatable and likable protagonist.
good read
This is a ghost story. An awesome, awesome ghost story. I can't really say what it is that I loved about this book so much. Maybe because it was a ghost story unlike anything I've ever read. It wasn't scary but at the same time it was kind of creepy. They're not ghosts that haunt and torment but remind and maybe love. It was just so unique that I honestly want to read it again just to soak it in even more.

Elizah is a loner by nature, which some people just can't grasp the concept of. People think that because someone actually chooses to not want to interact with people that there's something inherently wrong with them. The guidance counselor that Elizah goes to feels this is the case and not only she but Elizah's mother forces social interaction on her in a gross attempt to make her "normal." I can kind of relate to Elizah simply because I'm a loner myself. Not quite to the extent she is but I am looked at oddly by some people because I choose not to go out and socialize. Not to say I don't have friends; I'm just horrendously picky of the company I keep and bar hopping every weekend is not only a waste of my money, it's just not my scene. I have better things to do. Like talk to the voices in my head.

My favorite aspect of the story was the imagery of Nathaniel's village. Just the way it was described your mind couldn't really picture it without it being coated in a cold mist, as if looking through an early morning lens. You could see what it looked like but at the same time it was never really clear. You knew it looked like that colonial reproduction village just down stream but it fades in and out of the shadows as the sun casts them through the trees. Or doesn't. It was just so gripping and ethereal, tangible and intangible at the same time. I wanted to go there and see it for myself and just hoped I'd be able to get back. It leaves you (or you leave it) with a sense that just maybe if you took the wrong turn, you might not make it back. It's not scary but it is unsettling.

The adults in this book irk the crap out of me. I kind of half understand the mother's situation because she was married to a degenerate gambler for so long that was so afraid of people coming after him for money that he forced his family into solitude. I get that. But at the end of the day she was really self-involved and didn't so much care about how Elizah felt but more how people would view her because of Elizah's "abnormal" actions. She really wasn't a likable character and I'm not sure if she was supposed to be. She's damaged, yes, but I was in Elizah's head with her in every conversation she had with her mother going, "yeah, it's all about you, isn't it?" I felt it. I don't think you even needed to be an objective third party to know that.

The rest of the adults were kind of stock characters, cookie-cutter cut-outs that were way too into normal. But maybe that was the point. Maybe this overwhelming sense of suburbanite normalcy that ran throughout the book was a means to overcompensate for what they previously lived through. Sure, Dirk was too into playing the father-figure role and took it on way too quickly, but maybe that was the point. He's normal. Elizah's mother wanted normal and fast. I guess it fits.

I loved how Elizah's father was often compared to the actions of a ghost, flitting in and out of someone's life, neither there or not. A presence more than anything tangible. It described him perfectly; except for how much of a creep he really was. Big creep.

Nathaniel is the best part. It's pretty obvious from the beginning just what he is, and it's pretty easy to make the connections once the character start talking about local legends and Indian lore but I don't think it was meant to be subtle. But what was was Elizah's and Nathaniel's inherent connection to each other. That was subtle and I really liked how in the background it was kept. The notion of past lives was barely even scratched but it was there enough to make you question what was going on in that entire situation. It left a whole different, and separate, story lingering at the end that you wished was filled in but you're left to use just your imagination.

It's a sad love story and a sad friendship story really. The only people Elizah connects with are those in the cemetery and really, being a loner isn't all it's cracked up to be. But somehow the entire situation is settling for her. She accepts it for what it is and while she wants to ask more of it, she doesn't because she knows she won't get it.

It's a story about a loner that isn't as much of a loner as she thought she was. It's a ghost story and a love story. A story of loss and healing. But really, it's just a great story.