Lynnette Kraft : Ingrid (Excerpt)

Ingrid (Excerpt)

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Lois Lowry, Cornelia Funke, L.M. Montgomery

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412 pages




New Wrinkle Publishing

Publication Date

July 2014



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Ingrid is a story cre­ated by three mem­bers of one fam­ily through words, illus­tra­tions and music.

Scot is a small and charm­ing vil­lage accented by thatch roofs, robust gar­dens, a town square, and cob­ble­stone streets. A lush and wild woods sur­rounds the vil­lage. The peo­ple of Scot are hum­ble, car­ing, and hard work­ing. The men wear their hair long and work with their hands and the women of the vil­lage busy them­selves with the daily (and fre­quently tasty) duties of the home. But trou­ble is loom­ing in Scot.

Bit­ter hearts and a need for revenge are at the root of the trou­ble. While one seems to be the cul­prit, there is another who is hid­ing behind a dis­guise. There is only one who can make a dif­fer­ence and it’s the per­son you’d least expect. Ingrid is the youngest mem­ber of the well-liked, Har­ri­son fam­ily. The only daugh­ter in a fam­ily of seven sons. Ingrid is sixteen-years old, has unusu­ally bril­liant golden hair, mys­te­ri­ous brown eyes and is com­pletely mute. Lost in a fog of self-pity over her silence, Ingrid is shy and with­drawn. Ingrid has only one friend — Adair Pole, a sixteen-year old boy who longs for a rela­tion­ship with his father. His father is the vil­lagers’ worst enemy — a ruth­less land­lord who owns over half of the cot­tages in Scot. Ingrid and Adair’s friend­ship pro­vides solace in their dif­fi­cult worlds. They spend much of their time in the woods sur­round­ing the vil­lage, where they’ve cre­ated a lit­tle hide­away called Ada­grid — a place they named by com­bin­ing their own names.

From those same woods, the Kun­bion mate­ri­al­ize. They enter through a swirling wind, a dense fog and a puls­ing earth. It is an un-witnessed, but grand, entrance. The Kun­bion are mag­nif­i­cent with their long white hair that is knot­ted and twisted like the roots of a tree. Their eyes are vibrant and their gar­ments are made of beau­ti­ful pieces of the earth. The Kun­bion are even­tu­ally seen by the vil­lagers, but never remem­bered … except by Ingrid. The Kun­bion have come to help.

Things begin to change in Scot when the vil­lagers are faced with the pos­si­bil­ity of forced upheaval, the mys­tery of a mur­der­ous con­spir­acy and the mirac­u­lous touch of a des­tiny chang­ing its course. After Adair Pole and his mother mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­pear from Scot, Ingrid Har­ri­son, charged and aided by the Kun­bion, sets off to find them. Along the way, Ingrid becomes lost, encoun­ters a band of gyp­sies, and arrives at the shock­ing rev­e­la­tion that changes every­thing for her, for her friend, and ulti­mately for her entire village.

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