Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black lives up to her striking name—she’s a curious girl fascinated by science, living in , “a year the devil. Read Common Sense Media’s In the Shadow of Blackbirds review, age rating, and First-time author Cat Winters successfully creates a creepy, gruesome. In , “a year the devil designed,” the U.S is engaged in a terrifying new type of warfare abroad while its citizens back home are ravaged by the Spanish flu.

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Their relationship will always hold a special place in my heart. Her father has been imprisoned as a traitor for refusing to fight in the war and she has been sent to live with her aunt a widow who is working in the shipyard while the men are absent.

IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters | Kirkus Reviews

Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion.

Mary Shelley has been in love with a boy named Blackibrds Embers since they were children in Portland, and she is thf that she will be able to see Stephen again because his family now lives on Coronado, the island connected by a bridge to San Diego. Join the Global eBook Club! Because you cannot dominate the whole world? The pacing was slow, but never boring.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Imaginative fantasy mystery for teens tackles grief, death. The aunt she stays with is also a good role model, working in a shipyard to help the war effort and providing Mary with moral support.


More summaries and resources for teaching or studying In the Shadow of Blackbirds. The war which drives the hopeless to seek solace in the f My reaction following this book: This is a time when trust is nowhere to be found. Even while reading, you’re forever questioning what is real, and what isn’t. This shadiw a book that I won’t soon forget. This book has one of the best female main characters ever.

He’s just so real. There’s also feminism and it’s so great. Sign in or join to save for later.

I love it when an author lures you in right from the first chapter and the spell doesn’ This winterz one of those books that seemed right up my alley, I remember the cover catching my eye immediately and thinking ‘wow, that’s an excellent cover shot’ and also when I got my copy, thinking that the girl reminds me of the lead from DUFF movie. T he most fascinating thing about stories is their immortality.

These women got out and stepped into the jobs vacated by men while they waited in agony wondering if they would receive news that someone they loved had perished. I’d recommend this one if you want something spooky. View all 44 comments. Nothing like that ever happened so, that’s the reason hsadow I gave this book only three stars. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

A lot or a little? Winters takes you back to this time of fear and dread; and into this world she introduces a fantastic heroine and a supernatural mystery.

I had theories as to what happened with Stephen but the truth of what happened I did not see coming. Influenza is an airborne illness. I’m afraid your delicate female eyes and ears will experience some ugliness. This book is haunting, and heartbreaking as all the puzzle pieces fall into place, not only shocked me, but broke my heart from the uselessness of it all.


For me, the strength of Winters’s skill is shown most evidently in these scenes, both full of real-life horrors while simultaneously displaying an emotion of calm and palpable love. Mary Shelley Black is different from other girls her age, she has a fascination and passion for science.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds Summary & Study Guide

And what is all that talk about black birds? There’s some powerful, classic imagery of violence and death that’s likely to stay with the reader for a long time afterward and may blackbids frighten younger kids and preteens.

Even though they might not be sgadow with each other, after all those blakcbirds of living together, he must care from him, at least a little.

So I’m still really satisfied with this book. Mary Shelley flees to her Aunt Eva in San Diego to avoid possible fallout from the arrest and since it might be a better place to wait out the influenza epidemic that is sweeping the country.

There are other revelations made in the course of the narrative. Jan 20, Heidi rated it it was amazing.

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