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By Marissa Burt

From Marissa Burt, writer of Storybound, comes a richly imagined center grade fable choked with magic, intrigue, and inventive twists. A Sliver of Stardust is the ideal subsequent experience for enthusiasts of A Wrinkle in Time and The Emerald Atlas.

Wren Matthews concept she'd outgrown nursery rhymes decades in the past. yet that used to be earlier than she knew that songs of twinkling little stars and four-and-twenty blackbirds have been the major to an old, hidden magic.

Wren's discovery catapults her right into a international of buried secrets and techniques, unusual goals, and a mountain citadel below an aurora-filled sky. yet simply as she begins to grasp her specified skills, her new global starts off to collapse round her . . . and purely she will reserve it.

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She had learned about firmness from her mother, just as she had learned about pedestals from her father. It would never do to let any man get the upper hand. As Irene had muttered ominously, there was no telling where he might put it. " Humfrey asked grumpily. " Another person might have had difficulty grasping this, but Humfrey, young as he was, was the Magician of In- formation. He had had over a century of experience be- fore being accidentally youthened back to babyhood, along with Stanley Steamer; now his power was returning, as was his irascible nature.

Well, she would just have to find her own way. She walked down the hard chocolate path, past all the delicious-looking and -smelling confections, her mouth watering painfully, until she came to a house made of wood. She knocked on the door, but there was no answer except a faint chittering. So she turned the knob, opened the door, and stepped inside. The door swung closed behind her. Suddenly the chit- tering became loud. Things rustled over her feet. As her eyes adjusted to the interior gloom, she discovered that the room was filled with insects.

Instantly she spat it out. This was the worst yet! It was castor oil—the stuff used to lubricate rolling castors, the bane of all children. She looked about. How could she get out of the gourd for another peek at real-life Xanth? She might be close to Humfrey's castle, and didn't want to pass it by. But with no walls to touch— Then she had a notion. Carefully she touched the mare shoe to the surface of the stinking oil lake. It sank through, drawing her along with it. She held her nose and her breath, closed her eyes tightly, and passed painlessly through the surface to come to rest on firm ground.

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