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  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Gulliver Books; Reissue edition (Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152053875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152053871
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,544,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rinaldi has woven two interesting plots here into a fine coming-of-age historical novel....Makes readers feel as if they are living in history.--Booklist Fast-paced and dramatic, with a wealth of interesting background information....Impressive.--Publishers Weekly Deliciously macabre.--The Bulletin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 2 Sept. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Award winning author Ann Rinaldi has once again
brought history to life in this engaging, captivating
historical novel.
It's 1865, the place is Washington, D.C. Emily Bransby Pigbush, a
fourteen year old orphan, has come to live with her
wealthy uncle. When President Lincoln is assasinated, her
best friend's family is suspected of harboring the assasin.
Her uncle forbids her to see her friend, drivng a rift between the
two.
And then Emily discovers that her uncle, a highly
respected physician, is a body snatcher, robbing
graves for bodies to study for medical purposes. Emily
just can't accept what her uncle is doing.
But as Emily begins to learns more about her uncle,
she begins to realize that what her uncle is doing
may be for the good of people. Her uncle's sole purpose
is to learn more about the body so he can help develop
cures, and he's only resorted to body snatching
because he can't get corpses legally.
Although the subject matter of this book may seem
a bit gruesome at first, it's really an excellant,
well written historical novel. Read it, or you're missing
out on a great book!
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I am an Ann Rinaldi fan, and have been for a long time. I found An Acquaintance with Darkness and knew right off the bat that this book was for me.
What I didn't expect however was a suspenseful romance regarding the state of chaos in Washington D.C. right after Lincoln's assasination. Emily Bransbury went through a tough few months. First, her mother dies after a long illness. Emily was supposed to move in with family friends ,but then Emily Bransbury learns the news; President Lincoln is dead and her neighbors are involved with the assasination. Thus she tumbles down another path, living with her eccentric Uncle Valentine. The next few weeks in Emily's life bring about swift swift changes and Emily, herself, is forced to change her views of her uncle and her life. I enjoyed this book immensely and would recommend it to anyone looking to settle down with a good book.
An Acquaintance with Darkness is a book for people of all ages and will affect anyone's outlooks and opinions of life right after the Civil War.
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By A Customer on 27 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
My gosh! This was fantastic. I mean, for goodness sakes, tears were welling up in my eyes with frustration at the end. However, as I was scanning other reviews, some people did not even realize how hippocritical they were being in their opinions of the book. Some readers were complaining how rotten it was because the characters irritated them, acted irrationally, or said angry things that they didn't understand. This, dear frustrated reader, is what makes this book one of the greats. It wasn't being awful literature, it was bringing buried emotions out of you. That is a writer's purpose, the reason why they spend hours banging out these words. If something makes you angry, frustrated, depressed, sorrowful, or anything else, it is a treasure. These readers didn't like it because the book brought out an emotion that didn't make them feel like they were walking on sunshine. If you look at it like this, you'll find you like more books than you think you do.
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This book takes place during the Civil War era and is historically correct. It shows the emotions of two teenagers and how priorities change when you are forced to grow up quickly. The friendship between Emily and Annie, and the struggles that they endure, are heart warming to say the least. It is not only about the assassination of President Lincoln and what effect that had on the country, but also about the unorthodox ways that the medical profession had to learn about the human body. I recommend this book very highly. All ages will enjoy reading An Acquaintance With Darkness.
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By A Customer on 27 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Ann Rinaldi, and I definatly think this is one of her best. It is a great book to curl up with, and once you start reading, it's hard to stop. Is is about a young girl who is confused and frightened after the assination of Abraham Lincoln. The story is very intriguing and, as with most of her books, a small and not overdone love story is taking place between two of the characters. It is worth reading, whether you buy it or not.
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Format: Paperback
Well, to be really honest with you, I didn't like this book. Personally, I though Ann Rinaldi could've done a little better. Some parts are interesting and maybe even suspensful, but the rest is kind of dull. At some points in the book, Emily, the main character, is lying so much to her Uncle Valentine and is being so selfish, it's like, "okay, so when's she going to tell the truth or at least realize what she has done?"
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By A Customer on 8 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
It was a great story. It felt as if you were Emily and your mother had died and you were orphaned. You also felt the craziness that everyone was feeling after Lincon was assainated. You felt scared of what her Uncle Valentine was doing. You also felt for her best friend who had trouble (I won't say what to give it away!) It was one of those books you never wanted to end. I reccomend this book highly!
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This book is really exciting;from the first chapter only. I am going to be honest with you, because if I raved about how wonderful and exciting this book was, it would be a lie. It was written with appropreate remarks and English grammer, but sometimes storys just don't get you in the heart. This perticular one didn't. But there are her other books, which I would say, are a masterpiece!
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