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Grade 9 Up–Mimi Shapiro, film studies major at NYU, leaves her predatory professor lover and escapes to a remote Canadian cottage that belongs to her father, Marc Soto, a prominent artist who walked out on Mimi and her mom years before. She finds the cottage occupied by Jay Page, a music student who is also Marc's progeny by a local woman. Despite knowing nothing of one another, the half-siblings forge a quick bond and investigate a series of odd occurrences at the cottage. They discover a hidey-hole under a trapdoor in the floor with an escape tunnel, raising alarm that escalates after a break-in. The story unfolds in alternating viewpoints between Mimi and local loner Cramer Lee, yet another secret Marc Soto offspring, who lives nearby with his mentally unstable artist mother. Cramer supports her by working two jobs and spends his spare time working out with weights and spying on Jay and Mimi. Despite the thriller premise, the tension tends to be tepid, bogged down by overly picturesque descriptions of surroundings, clothing, and cuisine. Cramer's character is well developed and sympathetic in his pathological shyness and twisted maternal relationship. City girl Mimi enthusiastically takes on rural life and travel by kayak, growing past self-absorption, but Wynne-Jones devotes more space to her possessions than her qualities. Jay remains peculiarly flat for a passionate musician. The complications and improbability of suddenly becoming family thrust upon the three are largely untapped.–Joyce Adams Burner, National Archives at Kansas City, MO
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After a stormy affair with a professor, NYU student Mimi Shapiro heads to a remote Canadian farmhouse owned by her father, Marc, a famous painter. On arrival in the idyllic riverside setting, though, she finds Jay, a 22-year-old musician, already ensconced in the house. Jay, she discovers, is her half-brother, and he welcomes her into his comfortable life with his mother and her lesbian partner. Readers learn long before the newfound siblings, however, that Marc fathered another child: Cramer, a twentysomething loner who supports his mentally unstable mother. Is he the sole intruder who stalks and then breaks into the river house? The distance between what readers and characters know creates the story’s central coil of tension, and Wynne-Jones adds extra measures of creepiness in teen-movie scenes of vulnerable Mimi, alone and threatened in the house, and in the flashes of sexual attraction that the half-siblings share. The mystery’s violent conclusion will shock many, but it’s Wynne-Jones’ atmospheric prose and sophisticated exploration of elemental coming-of-age themes that will involve readers most. Grades 9-12. --Gillian Engberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763648264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763648268
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nightly Reading on May 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
I thought that this book was going to be paranormal, like a ghost or something from reading the back, but it was not. It was an okay read and anyone whom likes a psychological thriller, would probably love it!

Mimi is running away from something at college, she has packed up her belongings and headed to her father's old cottage in Canada. There she can do some thinking and figure out her next move.

Jay enjoys the old cottage down on the snye. He likes to play his music and uses the house for rest and concentration. But someone is playing an ugly trick on him. They keep leaving awful things in his bed.

Cramer's mother is really depressed. Sometimes, even tries to harm herself. He works 2 jobs to try to keep the money flowing to pay the bills. His only solace is his canoe, the only birthday present he had ever remembered getting.

These three young adults have more in common than they realize when their worlds clash one summer.

The book kept my interest enough to finish and put all the pieces together. It was interesting to read how someone elses mistakes can end up being everyone elses biggest problems.

*Special thanks to Candlewick Press for this review copy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mimi Shapiro, who just finished her freshman year of college at NYU finds herself running away from her problems. She runs off to Ontario, to stay at a house owned by her father, a famous artist who abandoned Mimi as a baby but has recently reentered her life. Mimi gets a rude awakening when she discovers that her father's house is already inhabited by 22 year-old Jay. Despite an awkward introduction to each other, they quickly find out that they have a deeper bond than either of them had originally expected. Soon after, Mimi and Jay discover that someone has been sneaking into their house and taking their possessions while they were gone. As Mimi and Jay deal with the intruder, the reader is also introduced to Cramer and his mother, Ontario natives who live not to far from Mimi and Jay. As the book progresses, Mimi and Jay discover the truth behind not only about their intruder, but also about their family.

As the book begins, after a shaky prologue, the reader immediately becomes attached to Mimi and Jay, both likable characters. Unfortunately, beyond our protagonists, most of the other characters come across quite two-dimensional and a bit cartoonish. Also, this novel depends on the mystery at the core, and at the beginning the mystery is quite intriguing, but it quickly becomes quite boring as more characters become involved. The worst part of this novel is the subplot involving Cramer and his mother, Mavis. Not only are these two characters quite unlikable, Author Tim Wynne-Jones fails to make these characters interesting at all, making their scenes quite a chore to read. Even when the reader is supposed to feel sympathetic for one of these characters, you have trouble feeling that because because of how they were portrayed through the entire novel.
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When NYU student Mimi Shapiro arrives at her father's cottage in far-away Ontario, she finds a beautiful, relaxing place to escape from her life in New York City. She really needs a retreat right now, after fleeing from a sordid affair with her college professor, and this quaint, broken-down home is a sight to see. It is quiet, charming and peaceful.

But after she finds that her hide-a-key doesn't fit the lock, she realizes that the locks have been changed recently and the windows are no longer boarded up as they should be. So she sets out searching for a second hide-a-key in the back shed and here runs into a stranger who is apparently now living in the house and is not expecting her. In fact, this man startles her and seems strangely suspicious of her creeping around the house.

Mimi and her new acquaintance, Jackson Page (Jay), are equally puzzled about what the other is doing at the cottage. It seems very mysterious that they both are certain they have a right to be there, as each of them has received permission from their father to use the place. And it appears odd to Mimi that Jay is so anxious about a young girl being on the property. But he is very good-looking and charming, and there is something about him that draws her to him.

It's not long before they are sharing tea together in the cottage and sorting out the mystery of an uninvited visitor who has been breaking in and leaving disturbing items for Jay to find. There has been a dead bird and a snakeskin, and, even more menacing, a computer recording of an intruder breathing loudly in the background. Like Jay, Mimi is spooked and unsettled about being there, but she likes her new friend very much, and her trip to Ontario isn't something she wants to give up on.
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By Lauren on February 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mimi Shapiro is running. Running away from a disturbing first year at NYU to a small and creepy town in Nowhere, Canada. She hopes that while there for the summer, she can get her first screen play written, while coming to turns with what happened to her in the previous year.

Though nothing can stay perfect for long. When arriving at her father's deserted old summer house she finds that someone else is living there too. Her long lost half brother, a half brother that has been having his own problems, as of lately. Problems that involve a mysterious stalker who has been leaving him "presents" of dead birds and snake skin.

Can the two of them make it through the summer? Will they get to know each other the way only siblings can? Will they catch the stalker before their lives come to a crashing halt? Well, I guess you'll have to find out for yourself, in The Uninvited by Tim Wayne- Jones.

Only one adjective comes to mind after reading this page turning thriller: Wow! The Uninvited is a book that mixes mystery and getting to know long lost siblings in a fresh and fantastic new way. I was constantly trying to figure out how everything tied together. The characters were my favorite part of this story. They were well developed, likable, and funny. Plus, Tim Wayne-Jones' writing was pretty darn good. I loved how he slowly told the past of the characters and the stalker by reveling their secrets one at a time. Overall, The Uninvited is a definite must read for all teens and adults.

Grade: A+

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