Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
The reason I've picked the following book stems back to my love of Enid Blyton's Famous Five and Nancy Drew stories. I love mysteries especially ones that revolve around strange old houses. As a child I lived in a big house right next to some woods, and spent hours scampering off through the thick brambles to investigate strange little ruins and paths hidden nearby. There's something inexplicable about old houses and the secrets they hold, that just captures my interest and imagination, so I can't wait for this one...
The Visconti House by Elsbeth Edgar
Published by: Candlewick Press (USA)
US release date: 22nd February 2011
Summary (from Goodreads):
Laura Horton is different. Not in any noticeable, first-glance kind of way; but inside, she’s equally uncomfortable around the snippy girls in her class and the strange boy, Leon, who just moved in nearby. She’d rather be writing or drawing or spending time with her free-spirited family in their eccentric old house. But Laura and Leon are more alike than they first realize. They’re both outsiders. They both have secrets. And try as she might to avoid him, Laura finds herself drawn to Leon’s quiet boldness as surely as she is driven to find out more about her home’s enigmatic former owner. Together they probe the mysteries of the Visconti House, making an exploration into the past that will change their lives -- and open their hearts -- forever. Two lonely teens forge an unexpected bond-- and a first romance-- as they unravel a mystery hidden inside the walls of an old estate.