By Catherynne M. Valente
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have a standard existence, till her father went to conflict and her mom went to paintings. sooner or later, September is met at her kitchen window by means of a eco-friendly Wind (taking the shape of a gentleman in a eco-friendly jacket), who invitations her on an event, implying that her assistance is wanted in Fairyland. the recent Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and in addition now not a lot older than September. in basic terms September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wishes from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make existence most unlikely for the population of Fairyland. September is already making new pals, together with a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday. With beautiful illustrations through acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives as much as the feeling it created whilst the writer first published it on-line. For readers of every age who love the attraction of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here's a analyzing event unto itself: unforgettable, and so very attractive.
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It was the size of a walnut and it was wrapped in thin golden foil. I peeled off the foil. It was a piece of chocolate-covered candy. I broke it open. It was a cherry. Red juice spilled onto the ground. I ate it. I licked my fingers. It was no hazelnut buttercream, but it was close. When I looked up, the little girl was on the step. ” she said. “Yes,” I said. “But my favorites are buttercreams. ” “I planted it in the spring,” she said. “I planted a potato seed. It was supposed to be a potato. But nobody picked it when it was time to dig potatoes.
Uri felt around, found a place. ” I slept. I dreamed I was standing underwater. A waterfall maybe, or a faucet, splashing in my face, my eyes. I struggled to breathe. I woke up. Above me, at the edge of the rubble, stood a boy with schoolbooks strapped over his shoulder, blue sky above him, a boy laughing, urinating in my face. ” Uri shouted, and threw a brick. The boy vanished. 39 We went from that place to another, and another. We slept in many places. All were cold. Sometimes I awoke with snow in my ear.
My eyes popped open, though in the blackness there was nothing to see. ” I blurted. Uri snorted. ” 24 7 Those were the good times. Our icebox, our cellar shelves, were full of food. We ate peaches in brandy and peanut butter and caviar sandwiches. We ate apples and lemon Danish and cheese puffs and hickory-smoked trout. We ate candy all day long. My favorite was buttercream with a hazelnut inside. There was usually only one to a candy box and often not even that, and I was not good at telling them on sight.