By Angie Georgeff
Our celebration of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books continues today with a doubleheader. Join us from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. for a class in the “Care of Magical Creatures,” followed immediately by a class in “Transfiguration.” First, we will craft miniature versions of “The Monster Book of Monsters” (minus the claws, teeth and bad attitude of the original, of course). We then will morph from Magical Creatures into Transfiguration and transform a washcloth into an owl.
Looking ahead, we will be showing a movie at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. “Charms” class will be in session from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, with opportunities to create House journals and “Mad-Eye” Moody picture frames. The grand finale will be our “Harry Potter Costume Contest.” This colorful event will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, so start planning your costume now. As usual, check our Unicoi County Kids and Teens Facebook page for further details.
When Henry James wrote “The Turn of the Screw” 121 years ago, he threw down a gauntlet and set a high standard for suspense. With “The Turn of the Key,” Ruth Ware has accepted his challenge. James’s gothic elements are still there, but they have been overlaid with a sinister veil of modern technology gone awry.
Rowan Caine should have known better: The salary she was offered for what appeared to be a dream job was too high. Rowan, however, was fed up with her job and her roommate, so she jumped at the chance to live in a luxurious, modern mansion in the Scottish highlands. The interview went well. The four young girls for whom she was to care were charming, until their parents left home and Rowan was left alone with them and the inscrutable handyman, Jack Grant.
She probably could, and should, have managed the girls, but there was no controlling the house. There are rumors circulating that Heatherbrae House is haunted, but there is no doubt that the technology which controls every system within the house is subject to malfunctions that make living there a nightmare. Taking a stroll in the walled garden to clear her mind is certainly not an option, because the plants there are poisonous. What’s more, there is a locked door in Rowan’s bedroom. Eventually, the unnerving sounds she had noticed coming from the attic seem to be emanating from the other side of that door.
When one of the children dies, Rowan is charged with killing her. From prison, she writes letters to her attorney in an attempt to explain things she doesn’t understand herself.