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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.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011
ISBN: 9780803735521
Branch Call Number: BIL
Characteristics: 361 p. ; 22cm


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This is my favorite book of all time. I've reread it countless times and I pick up on something new every time. It is quirky and takes awhile to understand but in the end it's worth it. I would absolutely recommend.

Jul 12, 2014

It was a great read

ChristchurchLib Jun 30, 2014

"Plagued by guilt for harm that she believes she brought on her sister and stepmother, 17-year-old Briony Larkin is convinced that she's a witch who deserves to suffer, even to hang. But there are many dark secrets in Briony's village of Swampsea, and when a London engineer and his handsome son arrive to drain the marshes -- causing the supernatural Old Ones who live in the swamp to retaliate -- those secrets begin bubbling to the surface. Chime is sure to resonate with readers who crave luxuriant, unhurried writing; dark, tantalizingly magical settings; and stories that meld romance, fantasy, and mystery." Teen Scene July 2014 newsletter

Aug 08, 2013

This book is actually pretty good! Might take a while to get used to how the story is written, but the story is pretty easy to visualize and the pictures are really vivid.

blue_jaguar_257 Jun 22, 2013

this book is relly good and the way the author wrote it it was as if the imiges where right there with you

prettyodd Aug 27, 2012

Loved this book. It was a great read and it the mix of fantasy and the writing style was just great. I highly suggest this book and once you've read it once read it again!

Mewsician Oct 29, 2011

I once had a friend who couldn't get an A from her teacher, no matter how hard she tried. When she asked the teacher about it, the reply was: You can do better. That's how I feel about Chime. Billingsley has shown herself to be a top-flight fantasy writer in the past. Here's she sets the stage for another great--but tumbles in spite of her skill and imagination. Arch prose eventually cloys and becomes heavy-handed. The plot turns see-through long before the reveal. If this were by anyone else, I would give it at least four stars; Franny could have carved 100 pages from this book without hurting it. You can do better.

Aug 22, 2011

Amazing, amazing, amazing. read it twice, and could not put it down!

From the beginnig you think you know the truth and the lies, but at the end all the supposed lies are the truthe, and the truths are all lies. I definitely sugest this book to everyone!!

KelseyPaige Jun 04, 2011

The narrator had the strangest voice, which took me a while to adjust to but makes the book stand out from the norm. Nice touches of historical fiction, fantasy, and mystery. It's pretty oppressive at first, but pull through it! That's one of the best features about the story--the whole time Briony is muddling in her guilt you're thinking she has to be wrong, but you still have to fit the pieces together. Definitely not going to forget this one!

m2 Apr 25, 2011

The gorgeous metaphorical voice of the main character makes this novel so compelling. You can argue with the plot and "rules" of the quasi-steampunk/sort of historical world she inhabits. But nothing I have read compares with the voice of the narrator. Give yourself a treat and pick up this book.

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Aug 22, 2011

mooseors thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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