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Jacob and Macon dont have anything in common. He's a thirteen-year-old city boy trying to find his place in the world and she's his little country cousin the prodigy painter who hardly speaks. When Jacob is sent to stay with his Aunt and Uncle for the summer and falls ill he's exiled to the attic - the sickroom - and discovers his love of art in the paintings he finds there. Turning his back on his troubles back home Jacob launches himself into a friendship with the younger cousin he always ignored a secret friendship. But secrets can be dangerous and when a tantalizing chance to reinvent himself arises Jacob makes a choice that changes both his life and Macon's forever. A powerful story from the author of Home and The Grimly Queen about the betrayals we regret the friendships we cherish and the summers we never forget.

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The Sickroom
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Loved it!
February 2nd, 2015
I really enjoyed this beautifully written book about a summer that changes everything. It's different but I think a lot of people would like it.
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Quick, pleasant read
February 2nd, 2015
This is a novella so it didn't take very long to read. It's about a young teenage boy who is spending the summer with his cousins. He gets ill and during his illness, bonds with a younger female cousin who is a prodigy, she is a talented painter. He doesn't really fit in with the male cousins who tease him mercilessly but he ends up betraying his female cousin in his attempt at fitting in with the other boys. He tells the story from the point of view of an adult looking back. I really liked the story and would have enjoyed a full novel with these characters. We get hints of what happened to the boy and girl as they grew up a bit when one last encounter is described when they are in their late teens/early 20s
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What a Read!
February 2nd, 2015
A well-written story about the heartbreaks and intense friendships of childhood. Highly recommended!
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A Wonderful Must Read
February 2nd, 2015
I just finished reading this book and when I finished, I'll be honest, I wanted to cry. This book was very good. It is different from the mystery books I always read but when I read the summary, I could not resist. The style of the book was t like, how can I say this, the point of view of Jacob was so life like. I also enjoyed how the author was telling the story as from the future. Jacob would think to himself how in the future, this one thing would change or would not matter. But, in all this was a very good book and loved the imagery of the paintings Macon drew.
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Quiet but powerful
November 13th, 2014
Finely drawn and compelling, "The Sickroom" is a quiet but powerful coming of age novella that is sure to delight.
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September 3rd, 2014
One of the worst books I've ever read
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The Sickroom
June 26th, 2014
Aimless plot. If this story has a point I missed it entirely.
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The Sickroom
May 6th, 2014
Not bad, if you want something quick and easy to read
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Sickroom
February 20th, 2014
Disappointing. Easy read but was very disappointed in the ending
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The Sickroom
October 12th, 2013
A bit slow in plot and character development. Also a bit confusing as to relationships (ie: Jacob's parents, Collin & his father).
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The Sickroom
October 9th, 2013
A snapshot of a childhood summer, a charming whirlpool of disappointment, discovery, mistake & regret. Strangely lovely!
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A good read
August 29th, 2013
I enjoyed this book. I had a hard time following it at points but thoroughly enjoyed the read and would recommend this book to others!
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