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Fifteen-year-old Ellie Brody and her younger brother Danny have always been close, a bond strengthened during that extraordinary summer five years ago when they created a fantasy world featuring dragons while spending many lonely days exploring the wild coastline near the village that their family had recently moved to. Danny marked that summer as theirs forever when he proposed that they have matching spiral tattoos (which he created himself) on their ankles. Although that summer is now a distant memory as they've each grown into their own persons, Ellie and Danny are still there for each other.

But on his 11th birthday, Danny goes missing. At first, the family thinks that Danny simply lost track of time while fishing at one of his favorite spots. However, as the hours go by and his friends who had arrived to help celebrate his birthday return home, it becomes apparent that something serious has happened. The police are called in and an investigation begins. A family liaison officer named Lisa is brought in to provide support, particularly for Ellie's mother, who refuses to leave her son's room until he returns safe and sound. As all possible leads and suspects are narrowed down, the police begin asking unpleasant questions and suspect foul play involving Ellie's own father.

Ellie still has hope and realizes that she must continue searching for Danny herself before her family is shattered forever. As she begins her own underground investigation questioning Danny's many diverse social circles, a young girl named Argent sets off on a quest to find a stolen baby dragon and return it to its grieving mother while stopping her ignorant village from taking matters into their own hands. Along the way she makes new friends --- including a young man named Lukos, who has some unusual characteristics --- while battling deceiving foes. As Ellie and Argent fight for what they believe in, their worlds start to merge into one terrifying race against time.

There are many elements in Ann Coburn's latest book that make for a surprising read. With subplots highlighting important topics such as illegal immigration and prejudice, this is not your average dramatic children's novel. While GLINT is a psychological thriller entwined with fantasy, the most compelling story is of one girl's determination to find her brother regardless of the obstacles that get in her way.


Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle on October 18, 2011

by Ann Coburn

  • Publication Date: January 1, 2007
  • Genres: Fantasy, Psychological Thriller
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0060847239
  • ISBN-13: 9780060847234