by Tracey Porter


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When sixteen-year-old Lark Austin is kidnapped from her Virginia hometown and left to die in a snowy forest, she leaves behind two friends who are stunned by the loss. As Lark's former best friend, Eve can't shake the guilt that this tragedy was somehow her fault. Meanwhile, Nyetta is haunted each night by Lark's ghost, who comes through the bedroom window and begs Nyetta to set her soul free. Eve and Nyetta realize that Lark is trapped in limbo, and only by coming together to heal themselves will they discover why.

Tracey Porter's stunning narrative about love and loss demonstrates that forgiveness can never come too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061122873
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tracey Porter is the author of Treasures in the Dust and A Dance of Sisters. Her most recent novel, Billy Creekmore, was named to's Kids' Reading List, compiled by the American Library Association. For the past twenty years she has taught middle school at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

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Lark 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow. I¿m starting this review not really knowing what to say. I¿m so infrequently rendered speechless, and, yet, LARK by Tracey Porter blew me away to the point that I¿m not really sure what I can say about it other than this: Wow. I¿m thinking that I could tell you it¿s the story of a girl, but it¿s not¿not quite. It¿s the story of three girls: One who died, and two who survived. When Lark was murdered she left behind friends and family. But perhaps it was the girl she used to babysit, Nyanna, and her ex-best-friend, Eve, who are most touched by her absence. 12-year-old Nyanna is visited nightly by Lark, speaks to her, scaring her mother who takes her to a therapist. Nyanna believes that Lark is turning into a tree, that her soul is being trapped there, that she will never escape without her help. Of course, this makes her crazy, right? But she knows she¿s not. And Eve, whose falling out with Lark in middle school has already left her feeling a strong sense of loss, doesn¿t know how to deal with the grief. She can¿t even cry, even though all the girls at school seem to be freaking out. And of course there¿s Lark, whose violent death has left her stuck between planes of reality. This book was blurbed by Francesca Lia Block, and Tracey Porter`s writing is remeniscent of her work ¿ fluid, lyrical, sparse, brilliant. I can¿t recommend this book strongly enough. It¿s haunting, beautiful, and leaves a mark. Still, I don¿t think anything I have to say could possibly do right by LARK. I hope you¿ll read it for yourself and find out why.
renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Lark Austin has been found dead¿she was stabbed, tied to a tree, and left there in the bitter cold. Eve, Lark¿s former best friend, struggles with the loss of Lark¿she¿s not sure if she should feel anything. Nyetta, a young girl Lark used to babysit, knows that Lark needs her to set her free. The stories of these three girls are woven together in the most lovely way possible, and leave a lingering feeling of hope.My thoughts: Haunting and shiver-inducing, Lark paints a vivid picture of a kidnapping and eventual murder. We get to experience the event through the eyes of a victim, and it is very, very frightening. Tracey Porter handles the subject with finesse¿she does not gloss over any part of Lark¿s rape and murder, but doesn¿t dwell over the more intense parts, either. Though the book clocks in at only 170 pages, it certainly packs a punch.After Lark¿s death, the subject of blame comes to the surface. Eve and Nyetta, the two other narrators, have certain parts they play in Lark¿s lives, but Tracey Porter also brings up how society tends to blame the victim. Porter subtly criticizes society for this tendency, and thus raises awareness in the reader.Though Lark¿s voice is the most powerful, Eve and Nyetta are distinct, interesting characters. Eve is recovering from sexual harassment, and Nyetta is convinced that Lark is speaking to her from beyond the grave. It sounds like a plot overload, but everything ties together nicely, and nothing seems rushed.I would highly recommend Lark. It¿s beautiful, poignant, and it really made me think about victims of sexual assault and murder.
absconditas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don¿t let this book¿s small size deter you. It packs a pretty mean punch, straight to the heart. I flew through this within two or three hours.Admittedly, I stayed far away from this until I felt like I had plucked up the courage to finally read it. I needed every ounce of that courage for the story that was waiting for me within these pages. Lark is a very real and heartbreaking account of a young girl who is abducted, raped, and left for dead in the woods of her small hometown in northern Virginia. Each girl has her own distinct voice. Eve is recovering from sexual harassment, while Nyetta is recovering from her parent¿s tumultuous divorce coupled with the fact that Lark¿s ghost is visiting her from the grave. I thought that the alternate narrations between Lark, Eve and Nyetta were handled seamlessly and flowed easily. Would I recommend this? Absolutely. However, there is some violent and graphic imagery that might not be suitable for more sensitive readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was fast and interesting. Not very much detail. I read this book in one sitting
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I've started the summer by tackling my "Oh, this book looks small; I should be able to finish it quickly!" pile. Lark was a good way to start that pile. I don't often read books like Lark; this one came in the mail and seeing as it was coming out soon at the time I was looking at it, I figured I'd read it. I actually sat down and read it in one sitting. Though not my typical kind of book, I rather enjoyed it; it's got a lot of good things going for it. The length, of course, was what attracted me to it in the first place, but don't look at the summary of the book and think that it can't handle the material in such a short time. Porter does a rather fantastic job at getting into the heads of the two girls (and Lark) and showing the story. She manages to get details without making the book longer than it has to be. That's another thing I thought was interesting; we get three points of view (Eve, Nyetta, and Lark) and normally I don't like that. In this case, it was handled really well - we get glimpses into each of their lives and just enough details to let you connect to them and feel for them a little bit without so much as to feel as if one story should have more details than the others. All in all, I thought it was a really good book; it was a great book to kick off my summer reads with, and I'm looking forward to reading more by Tracey Porter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wheems01 More than 1 year ago
One chilly day while waiting for her father to pick her up from gymnastics practice sixteen year-old Lark is abducted, stabbed, sexually assaulted, and left to die tied to a tree in the nearby woods. This book is a haunting tale about three girls and their struggles to come to terms with a horrific event. Nyetta a twelve year old who remembers fondly the times when Lark was her babysitter. Eve, Lark's former best friend, who has dark secrets of her own that created a wedge between her and Lark. And finally Lark herself, who needs her story told. Almost every review I read for this short book compared it to Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. Now that I have finished Lark I can see why that comparison was made. Much of the book is similar to that story, but this one doesn't quite have the heft, or even the emotional punch of The Lovely Bones. With the exception of the rape scene, I might even call this book a toned down version or even a cliff notes version of The Lovely Bones. The story alternates between three characters, Lark, Nyetta, and Eve. All three are scarred and attempting to heal from the hardships in their lives. While their stories are convincingly told, you never have any emotional connection to the characters. There is a disconnect somewhere, and you never have any real emotional investment in this novel. Lark also presents an interesting, if not a little confusing, mythology about murdered girls turning into trees. While this adds a whole new type of paranormal aspect to the story, it also leaves you wondering what is real and what isn't. Is Nyetta telling the truth or is she crazy. Thankfully, this question is resolved, but at first it just felt a little awkward. That said, Porter is a talented writer, and does a superb job of writing a harrowing tale and telling it in such a short number of pages. I read this book in one sitting and just flew through the pages. Lark captures your attention from the first page and holds it to the very last. You want to know what happens to these characters. Porter's prose is pleasantly descriptive without going overboard or meandering onto other topics the way so many novels have of late. This is a tightly written exquisite piece of literature that will keep the reader hooked. Overall, while lacking the emotional punch of The Lovely Bones this novel does offer a well written and interesting story. One that will keep the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next. I look forward to reading more from Porter in the future. Cautions for sensitive readers: This book, while marketed to teens is definitely one that should be reserved for mature teen readers. The scenes of the rape are quite explicit and could be disturbing to the unprepared.