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  • Published: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Description: 361 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 600

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780803735521 (hardcover)
  • 0803735529 (hardcover)


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by Billingsley, Franny, 1954-

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Call number: Teen Fiction

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In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

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This book is very interesting .its unnatural .

Wonderfully twisty story with a satisfying ending

I was very impressed by Chime. The voice felt authentic and well-written; Briony is a complex, interesting character for whom I felt compassion and anxiety as the story unfolded. All of the characters are well done, in fact, and the landscape of Swampsea is so wonderfully painted I often felt like I was there. Billingsley uses language to great effect, particularly unusual verbs and adjectives that help set the mood of the story. I loved all the strange and mysterious creatures that Briony encounters like the Dead Hand and Mucky Face. Wonderfully twisty story with a satisfying ending. Recommended.

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