Gloomy manor houses, ghostly goings-on and bloody secrets.

Kenneth Oppel

Victor has always felt an unreciprocated sense of sibling rivalry toward his identical twin brother, Konrad. However, when Konrad falls gravely ill, 15-year-old Victor risks life, body and soul to try and find a cure in this prequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. <p> His parents trust in new medical treatments, and his cousin Elizabeth Lavenza prays to God, but Victor starts studying occult books in the secret library of his family’s Swiss chateau. Seeking ingredients for the Elixir of Life, Victor, Elizabeth, Konrad and their friend Henry Clerval embark on a quest “all the more glorious for being full of dangers and terror.” (12 and up)