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Salerni, Dianne K.
New York : Clarion Books, 2013

(3 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

“In Catawissa, the dead don’t always stay where you put them.” Not exactly the answer Verity wants to hear when she asks about the odd cages surrounding the graves of her mother and aunt. Verity enlists the help of her fiancé and a young doctor in her quest to uncover the truth behind the graves, rumors of buried treasure, and the whispers of witchcraft that seem to link the two.
(Vermont Green Mountain Book Award, 2015)

Booktalk #2

Verity has spent the majority of her life living with her aunt and uncle and their family, but decides to move back in with her father because she meets a man, Nate, through letters and becomes engaged with him. His letters make him out to be the perfect man, but when she arrives, that is not the case. She starts to like another boy while at the same time learning that Nate might actually be the one. And mixed in, she discovers that her mother and aunt’s graves have cages around them, and resolves to figure out why. ) Prepared by: Sadie Ouzts, Student at Spartanburg Day School, SCASL Young Adult Book Award, 2016)

Booktalk #3

Moving from Massachusetts in 1867 back to her birthplace of Catawissa, Pennsylvania, seventeen year old Verity Boone is filled with anticipation and excitement. She eagerly awaits the reunion with her father, whom she hasn’t seen in years. Verity is also about to meet Nate, the young man to whom she is engaged and has only spoken to in letters. However, Verity encounters a very different world than expected in Catawissa and her hopes and dreams quickly turn to disappointment as she struggles to be accepted and to find her place in this new town. Adding to her confusion and unease, she soon becomes aware of two family graves that are enclosed with iron bars. Unable to leave the frightening rumors surrounding the graves alone, she suddenly finds herself embroiled in a terrifying mystery that she is resolved to uncover, no matter how dangerous. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Program, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     Arranged marriage -- Fiction.
                        Buried treasure -- Fiction.
                        Murder -- Fiction.
                        Community life -- Pennsylvania -- Fiction.
                        Pennsylvania -- History -- 1865- -- Fiction.
                        Love -- Fiction.
                        Love stories.

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