Amber House by Kelly Moore
middle school & up
Sarah's grandmother has just died. That causes Sarah's mom to bring her and her brother back to Amber House. The house has been in the family for generations but Sarah has never set foot there. Her mom hates Amber House and is determined to sell it. But the longer Sarah stays in Amber House, the more she is fascinated. Occasionally, she sees glimpses of the past and some of that past reveals two tragedies separated by decades that are tied together with something that hasn't happened yet.
I was so jealous of Sarah. I'd love to have an ancestral home. That's just so cool.
The story takes a little while to get moving and every other character seems to have a secret. It isn't until one of the characters reveals his/her secret that the story picks up the pace. I liked the strained relationship between Sarah and her mother. I loved the relationship between Sarah and her bother. The way Sarah and her brother "talked" their mom into staying at Amber House was priceless.
All the mysteries surrounding the House and the past generations were pretty intriguing. They come together at the end to create a nice twist.