Anna and Abel couldn't be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prisonlike tower block at the edge of town.Read more...
Anna and Abel couldn't be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prisonlike tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It's a beautiful fairy tale that Anna comes to see has a basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father and to his own inability to make ends meet. Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his "enemies" begin to turn up dead, she fears she has fallen for a murderer. Has she?
Award-winning author Antonia Michaelis moves in a bold new direction with her latest novel: a dark, haunting, contemporary story that is part mystery, part romance, and part melodrama.
Praise for The Storyteller
"Michaelis crafts a beautifully written, carefully constructed mystery and love story that will capture the both the reader's imagination and heart from the first page. The novel weaves a sad and loving spell...this suspenseful, often violent, read will haunt readers long after its final page is turned."
-Booklist, starred review
"The fairy tale is beautifully woven in and out of the contemporary scenes and the characters are well composed.
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- ISBN-13: 9781419700477
- ISBN-10: 1419700472
- Publisher: Amulet Books
- Publish Date: January 2012
- Page Count: 416
- Reading Level: Ages 13-UP
- Dimensions: 8.53 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-02-20
- Reviewer: Staff
In the dreary winter of an East German town, a small girl is in danger and a teenage girl is in love. Seventeen-year-old Anna Leemann is a "little lamb," a good girl, teased by her friends for being distanced from reality, who longs to break through her "soap bubble." Something in the cold blue eyes of the schoolyard drug dealer, Abel Tannatek, slices through that bubble and draws Anna in. Abel wants nothing to do with her; his smiles are reserved for his six-year-old sister, Micha, whose mother has disappeared and whose nefarious father is known to be lurking. Kind and gentle Anna uncharacteristically stalks them, refusing to take no for an answer, enthralled by the whimsical yet dark fairy tale she overhears Abel telling Micha. Anna succeeds in forcing her way into their lives, her innocence blinding her to the truths in Abel's shadowed narrative until it's too late. Michaelis's prose gets a top-notch translation, its dreamy, introspective quality shining through in a story about difficult love that will appeal most to readers who, like Anna, are on the brink of adulthood. Ages 16–up. Agent: Andrew Nurnberg Associates. (Jan.)