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An Acquaintance with Darkness [Library Binding]

Ann Rinaldi
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March 2005 1417645865 978-1417645862
Fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush suspects that her uncle is involved in body snatching. Meanwhile, her best friend's family is accused of plotting to kill Abraham Lincoln, and Emily is left unsure of whom she can trust.
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Grade 7-9. Emily Pigbush, 14, is orphaned the day the Civil War ends. Against her dead mother's wishes, she moves in with her Uncle Valentine, a prominent Washington, DC, doctor. Emily soon learns that her guardian?for all his goodness and talent?is a grave robber, illegally acquiring bodies for dissection. Appalled at this discovery and at the deceptions her uncle's household subjects her to, she runs away. A change of heart brings her home as an active participant in furthering the cause of medicine. Emily's story plays out against Lincoln's assassination and its impact on her best friend, Annie Surratt, whose mother ran the boardinghouse where the conspirators met. The two stories are so unbalanced that each distracts from the other. In the end, Annie's predicament is far more involving and compelling than Emily's, and Annie comes across as the more interesting and realistic of the girls. Emily is selfish, silly, and unbelievably naive in comparison; in addition, her concerns are too neatly and quickly resolved. Also, next to Lincoln's death and the trial of his assassins, Uncle Valentine's body-snatching activities seem overwrought and exaggerated. The story lacks the immediacy and power of Cynthia DeFelice's The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker (Farrar, 1996). Rinaldi's characters tend toward stereotypes, and she has serious problems with chronology. An Acquaintance with Darkness is mildly entertaining, but fails to connect with its audience in a meaningful way.?Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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"Makes readers feel as if they are living in history."--Booklist (starred review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows Lurking in the Graveyard June 3 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the aftermath of the Civil War, in Washington, D.C. in 1865, fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush has been forced to not attend school, because of her once-Southern belle mother's failing health. Emily's father, who read to her the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, and lovingly nicknamed her "Miss Muffet," was tragically killed during the war. And now, Ella May, the Pigbushes' final slave woman, has left in search of the freedom granted by President Lincoln. Thus, Emily is left all alone to take care of her sick, delirious mother.

When Emily's mother has finally died, she is faced with three decisions, crucial to her future: She can live with her best friend, seventeen-year-old Annie Surratt at Mrs. Surratt's inn, where play actor and Confederate-supporter John Wilkes Booth often boards, though many caution Emily that evil is lurking amongst that house. Or she could go and work as a seamstress girl in-training, like her mother before her, with Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln's former-slave, now best friend and confidante. Or lastly, Emily can go live with her very wealthy uncle, Valentine Bransby, a prosperous, successful doctor, and quite a debonair, too; though Emily's mother's dying wish was that her daughter would promise her to never live with Uncle Valentine.

Then, suddenly, President Lincoln is tragically shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth, who is now a runaway and wanted for Lincoln's murder, along with a few other accomplices, including Annie's older brother, Johnny---who has escaped to Canada, and whom Emily has a little crush on---and Mrs. Surratt herself has been arrested and imprisoned, for "harboring a fugitive." The whole of Washington, D.C. becomes immersed in total chaos and turmoil. Guns fire. People scream. Mobs shout. Fires are started. Arrests are made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome right out crunk mystery book May 18 2004
Format:Paperback
This book was an awesome book by Ann Rinaldi. This story takes place during the time right after Lincoln was assinated. A girl named Emily has a mother who is deadly ill. Her mother knew that she was about to die and she told Emily that she needed to live wih someone. Emily wants to live wiht her aunt in Philidelphia, but her om wants her to live with her good friend next door. Emily's uncle Valintine comes into town to see Emily's mother. Valintine tries to tell Emily that she needs to come live with him. emily's mother doesn't want Emily to go live with him. Emily decides to go visit her uncle. While she is there she meets an old crazy black lady that lives upstairs. She tells Emily that her uncle has a big secert and that Emily needs to help get the old lady out. Emily is told that the big seceret is in her uncle's shed where NO ONE is allowed. To find out the secert you have to read this awesome book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of Rinaldi's greatest June 23 2003
Format:Paperback
This is a stellar book. It will keep you on edge in typical Rinaldi fashion, and it will explore the ethics of gravestealing and what not. It wouldn't be a Rinaldi without a complex romance either. It is a great read for Rinaldi fans and if you aren't one it will turn you into one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST! even better, EDUCATIONAL May 8 2003
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Format:Hardcover
This was one of my favorite Rinaldi books, out of all 12 that I've read. Emily Pigbush's mother dies in the beginning, and she has to choose between living with Annie Suratt, Mary Suratt's daughter, and her Uncle Valentine, a very good doctor. When she ends up unwillingly staying with her Uncle, she learns something terrible about him, that forces her to run away. When his assistant finds her and brings her home, Emily discovers that the crime her uncle commits is for the good of everyone. I don't want to give it away, but this book is fascinating, and I forgot to say that it is during the time of Lincoln's assassination. I would reccommend ALL of Rinaldi's books, even though I haven't read them all. I just know they're good anyways!
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2.0 out of 5 stars An Aquaintance with Darkness Dec 19 2002
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Format:Paperback
Emily Bransbury's mom just died a week ago,her best friends mom was arrested for haelping the assasanation of Aberaham Lincoln. Now she needs to live with her Uncle Valentine. But when Emily finds out about his night life she puts her and her uncle in danger.
My opinion is that it was to long for me. After a week of reading it I was sick of it. Plus it was way to slow.
I wouldnt reccomend this book because in some spots its hard to tell whats happening. Plus it is long enough you may not want to read the end.
I would say its a good book for book clubs. You could help each other with the confusing stuff, and with the words. For people my age i read it a long time in advance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An Aquaintance with Darkness Dec 19 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Emily Bransbury's mom just died a week ago,her best friends mom was arrested for haelping the assasanation of Aberaham Lincoln. Now she needs to live with her Uncle Valentine. But when Emily finds out about his night life she puts her and her uncle in danger.
My opinion is that it was to long for me. After a week of reading it I was sick of it. Plus it was way to slow.
I wouldnt reccomend this book because in some spots its hard to tell whats happening. Plus it is long enough you may not want to read the end.
I would say its a good book for book clubs. You could help each other with the confusing stuff, and with the words. For people my age i read it a long time in advance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars anouther review another dollar
This book was good. I have been reading it for a few days and I have not been able to put it down. It is a bit long though. Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by nikole
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A young girl named Emily lives in Washington with her mom. Her mom is very sick and her dad was killed in war. Her mom dies and she's going to live with her Uncle Valentine. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great historical fiction
This is one of my favorite books by Anne Rinaldi. While you read this novel your learning about the hard times during the Civil War, ... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002 by Icy Vamp
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"An Acquaintance With Darkness" is suspenseful the whole way through. A historical fiction novel that is woven togther in a way that captures the hitorical aspects of Lincoln's... Read more
Published on March 14 2002 by Carol E Loomis
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this book is a roller-coaster ride all the way, and it keeps you in suspense, but it is one of the best books i have ever read. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2002
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This book was my first Ann Rinaldi book. I was stunned by it. It was just absolutly wonderful- filled with everything and just about anything you could want, (at least what I... Read more
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