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By Marissa Burt

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

Wren Matthews notion she’d outgrown nursery rhymes many years in the past. yet that was once earlier than she knew that songs of twinkling little stars and four-and-twenty blackbirds have been the main to an historical, hidden magic.

Wren’s discovery catapults her right into a global of buried secrets and techniques, unusual desires, and a mountain citadel lower than an aurora-filled sky. yet simply as she starts off to grasp her particular skills, her new global starts to disintegrate round her . . . and in basic terms she will store it.

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A Dreamer! Get the Dreamer! ” Their voices grew to become drumbeats for Wren’s unusual flight. She needed to come again. She needed to warn the others. determine the way to cease Jack. The desperation grew within, till she felt like she may explode. She should have outpaced them, or the dream was once altering back, simply because quickly all she may well pay attention was once the pounding of her personal center. She saved operating besides, thinking about how lengthy the dream might be able to final, while the tunnel all of sudden ended, capturing her out right into a valley. Her respiring slowed, and her middle regained its common rhythm. The valley was once calm and approximately silent. each rustle of wind opposed to the grass felt loud to her ears. She part anticipated a few forest animal to reach and begin chiding her for being a Dreamer whilst she heard the buzzing back, the wings that referred to as to her like no different. She retraced the way in which she’d come, yet no glow lit her means, no ordinary etching of wings. She whirled in a good circle, looking forward to an indication, any signal, to inform her which approach to pass. “What now? ” she screamed into the fantastic blue sky. “What am I purported to do now? ” yet Wren’s voice in basic terms echoed with the concord of the thrashing wings, and she or he used to be falling, falling all the way down to the floor, all the way down to the rainy grass underneath her arms, falling into sleep, falling wide awake. She shot up from the place she’d been slouched at the chilly ground of the theater. Her outfits clung damply with sweat, and her throat was once so dry it damage. She attempted to strength down a swallow, pinching herself to ensure she was once relatively unsleeping. No unusual voices got here from the room past. No atypical symbols hummed at her. No imaginative and prescient. She used to be out of the dream. as an alternative, she observed Simon correct the place she’d left him, his head thrown again and mouth open, noisily snoring softly. Jill was once drowsing subsequent to him, yet Jack was once nowhere to be visible. From the degree region, Wren may well pay attention that the play had all started. The sound of projected voices outfitted until eventually the actors and actresses have been chanting a rhythmic rendition of “Little Boy Blue. ” “Simon! ” Wren crawled over to him, shaking him approximately at the shoulder. “Simon, get up! ” “Wha—” He made little smacking sounds along with his mouth, his eyelids fluttering open. “It’s Jack, Simon. ” Wren shook him more durable. “It’s been Jack all alongside. He’s the only who’s been assisting Boggen. We’ve acquired to forestall him! He’s been mendacity to us. approximately every little thing. ” “What? ” Simon used to be conscious now. “Boggen’s coming. ” Wren’s suggestions have been racing quicker than she may well get the phrases out as she informed him what she had obvious within the dream global. “He acknowledged he was once on the brink of fly. We’ve bought to prevent Jack from establishing the gateway prior to it’s too overdue. ” “You dreamed approximately Boggen? ” Jill driven as much as a seated place. “I don’t comprehend. ” Wren advised her what she’d visible, how her desires by some means took her to Nod. “He used to be looking forward to Jack, simply because Jack’s been traveling him via his desires. ” Wren felt jittery within. Like she might bounce out of her pores and skin in the event that they sat there losing extra time speaking. “I don’t recognize if Nod is in hassle due to what Jack’s doing or for another cause, yet everything’s approximately to get plenty worse.

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