• Title: Illuminated
  • Author: Erica Orloff
  • Released: 2011-12-08
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 256
  • ISBN: 0142413763
  • ISBN13: 978-0142413760
  • ASIN: 0142413763
From For teens embarking on or dreaming of their own all-encompassing, meant-to-be first love, this romantic and history-tinged adventure will make them swoon. Calliope, 16, is set for another summer interning for her uncle Harry’s antique-book business in glamorous Manhattan. When Harry is asked to appraise an illuminated manuscript that is actually a palimpsest, Callie is paired with August, the son of a brilliant antiquarian, to investigate the history of the book. Together, the two trace the dramatic provenance of the book, discover the ill-fated love story of Heloise and Abelard hidden within the pages, and fall in love. Callie and August are a likable pair, both struggling realistically with family secrets in their past, and they have a palpable attraction to each other that is kept relatively chaste. A clandestine trip to Paris (in separate beds), dreams in which Heloise and Abelard reveal secrets to Callie and August, and a super-romantic culmination reuniting lost loves cap this thoroughly enjoyable romantic mystery. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth

Review "Orloff’s combination coming-of-age, historical mystery, ghost story, and romance satisfies on many levels." --Publishers Weekly

"A great read for those who enjoy historical love stories. In addition, the intertwining sub-plots connect the present-day characters and events to the corresponding ancient ones in the novel. This interweaving of the two levels creates a sense of mystery and intrigue for the reader. Consequently, the author beckons you to follow Callie on her journey to the ends of the earth to seek out this sought-after manuscript." --VOYA

"The hunt for the origins of a medieval tome sets the backdrop for revelations and romance in a Boston teen’s savvy first-person tale. A beach read that might inspire an interest in history." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of romance will enjoy this layered story of young love and ancient love. . . the author keeps the reader hooked with swift spacing, and intriguing back stories." --Children's Literature


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