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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

by Helen Grant

When Katharina Linden vanishes during the Karneval in quiet Bad Munstereifel, ten-year-old Pia imagines it 'seemed like something from a fairy tale'. But the magic quickly turns to horror: Katharina fails to return, two more young girls disappear and a grim pattern emerges from the past to terrify the townspeople. This pacy and suspenseful crossover book will hold readers from nine to ninety spellbound until the final page.

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'The pink hat, ' she said.
Suddenly all eyes were upon me. The next second, Frau Mahlberg had stepped forward and with a sharp jerk of her hand had pulled the pink hat from my head, almost taking a handful of hair with it.
'Ow,' I said, but nobody heard me. Frau Mahlberg was screaming at the top of her voice, screaming like a stuck pig. She grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me until my teeth chattered. 'She's not Julia! She's not Julia!' she was shrieking, centimetres away from my face.

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A Crime in the Neighbourhood by Suzanne Berne
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