by Jennifer Donnelly
Living on a farm with her father and sisters, Mattie Gokey finds it hard to manage the farm, her sisters, and her schoolwork at the same time. Her duty to her family and the farm takes up most of her time and prevents her from going to college and becoming a writer. When she takes up a job at a nearby hotel to earn money, she still isn't able to escape her troubles back home. Mattie is suddenly caught up in the chaos and drama of a mysterious murder in the hotel, and she is the only one who knows the truth.
A Northern Light was a wonderful book. The story was surprisingly unique and kept me interested the whole time. I particularly enjoyed the vocabulary words that came at the beginning of each chapter and how they fit into the story. Overall, this book is guaranteed to please anyone looking for an engrossing, suspenseful tale.