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By Marissa Burt

From Marissa Burt, writer of Storybound, comes a richly imagined heart grade fable loosely encouraged by way of the rhymes of mom Goose. choked with magic and secret, A Sliver of Stardust is definitely the right event for enthusiasts of A Wrinkle in Time or The Emerald Atlas.

Wren Matthews proposal she’d outgrown nursery rhymes decades in the past. yet that used to be ahead of she knew that songs of twinkling little stars and four-and-twenty blackbirds have been the main to an historic, hidden magic.

Wren’s discovery catapults her right into a international of buried secrets and techniques, unusual desires, and a mountain castle below an aurora-filled sky. yet simply as she starts off to grasp her exact skills, her new international starts off to disintegrate round her . . . and merely she will retailer it.

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He persisted, his face the angriest Wren had ever visible it. “I notion you have been Elsa,” Jill whispered, sinking again opposed to the kitchen desk. “And you have been going to whap her with this? ” Simon plucked the frying pan from her palms and set it at the range. Jill shrugged. “Getting knocked at the head will damage a Fiddler simply up to a standard individual. Stardust won’t aid while you’re subconscious. ” “I think that is smart. ” Simon moved to the refrigerator and began pulling out sandwich makings. A loaf of bread. Mustard and mayonnaise. a few sliced cheese. in the back of him, Jack stood close to the desk, feeding dried meat to his falcon. He hadn’t desired to depart it on the mews, and Wren didn’t blame him. If the Fiddler Council confirmed up, a fast getaway should be lifesaving, and if her falcon didn’t despise her, Wren might retain it shut, too. “So what have been you asserting concerning the Land of Nod? ” Wren requested, observing Jill’s face conscientiously, yet she appeared superfocused on spreading mustard on her piece of bread. “Nod? ” she stated, achieving for the cheese. “What’s with the entire unexpected curiosity in—” there has been a clumping sound from the pantry after which a groan. “Ooooh. ” Jack got here out rubbing his head. “How did I pass over given that shelf in there? ” “You are in tough shape,” Wren acknowledged, dumping the contents of her pocket onto the counter. “How are you feeling? ” “Better. ” Jack squeezed the various ointment onto his finger and rubbed it on his brow. “Except for the what-do-we-do-now half. ” “Right,” Wren acknowledged, grabbing a section of bread and consuming it simple. “So. What will we do now? ” “As I see it, we now have 3 innovations. ” Simon folded a few cheese into his sandwich. “One, we go back to the Crooked condominium and check with the Council approximately what we all know. Or at the very least check with Mary, Liza, or Baxter. ” “No way,” Jill stated. “We return there and Elsa may have us locked within the dungeons for a century. Besides”—she folded her fingers throughout her chest—“now that Wren lit the M’s candle, the Council won't ever enable her out in their sight. they wish her. ” “Need me for what? I didn’t even suggest to do whatever! ” “Doesn’t topic. ” Jill shrugged. “You imagine they’ll think that you—the first climate Changer to seem in 1000s of years—accidentally opened a gateway with the M’s mark on it? ” She took a chunk and talked round it. “They’ll have you ever less than lock and key until eventually they work out what they need to do with you. ” Wren slid onto a bar stool and leaned her elbows at the counter. “I wonder whether lets ship note to Mary with out really going again to the Crooked condominium. How lengthy do you think that it's going to take her to determine we got here the following? ” “Who understands? ” Simon ran his palms via his hair and shrugged. “I haven’t visible her in any respect on account that that day she despatched us to the repository. ” “Yeah,” Jack stated. “Nice how Mary’s continuously leaving behind us. it can were nice for her to stay round for 2 seconds sooner than she left us on our personal within the Crooked condo. ” “Mary’s our friend,” Wren shot at him, no longer bothering to conceal the inflammation she felt at researching Jack speaking to Jill approximately her in the back of her again.

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