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. Volume XIX Number 28. . . .March 22, 2013
Ash, short for Ashleigh, is creative and a bit of a dreamer, and so it’s no surprise that she finds her hometown of Treade, MB, to be stiflingly dull. Fortunately, she does not have much time left in Treade as she and her mother will be moving away at the end of the summer. Ash’s excitement over leaving is tempered somewhat by the prospect of missing her best friends, Tabitha and Paul. Ash and her friends spend their time chatting and daydreaming on the cliffs overlooking the large lake near the town or in the woods on the edge of town visiting a mysterious but stately condemned building. They have always been drawn to the building, which has a reputation for being haunted, but they have never found a way in. The action of The Lake and the Library starts when Ash, while exploring by herself around the building, finds a way in only to discover that the building houses an enchanting library and its mysterious, mute keeper, Li. Ash finds herself strangely drawn to Li and the library, and she begins to neglect her friends and her mother in order to spend all her waking hours in the library. The library turns out to be a magical place where she and Li embark on many imaginative adventures together. As the story continues, the mysteries of the library deepen and Ash’s obsession with Li, the library and a mysterious drowned woman take on a slightly sinister flavour.
Tara Stieglitz is a librarian at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB.
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