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By Marissa Burt

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

Wren Matthews proposal she’d outgrown nursery rhymes many years in the past. yet that used to be sooner than she knew that songs of twinkling little stars and four-and-twenty blackbirds have been the foremost to an old, hidden magic.

Wren’s discovery catapults her right into a global of buried secrets and techniques, unusual desires, and a mountain fort less than an aurora-filled sky. yet simply as she starts off to grasp her particular talents, her new international starts to collapse round her . . . and purely she will shop it.

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Embarrassment for Jack. Outrage at Elsa’s merciless phrases for Simon. surprise at Mary’s informal dismissal. Frustration that none of what they'd simply witnessed made any feel and that nobody had stricken to give an explanation for something, not to mention deal with them like real people. Fury that she had now not requested any questions, that she had Mary’s silly orders precisely. Her heartbeat quickened, matching the throbbing discomfort in her head, and her cheeks burned scorching. It’s taking place back, similar to it did again with the falcons. She seemed down on the stardust prints on her hands. Too past due, Wren learned that she had touched stardust. the feelings boiled inside her, anger and worry and disgrace blistering as much as the skin past her regulate. “Who do you think that you're? ” Wren’s voice was once emerging in order that she was once approximately shouting, yet she couldn’t carry it again. “Calling me an it. conversing approximately who we belong to? and the way dare you assert such issues approximately Simon? That’s his name—Simon. now not it. no longer apprentice. Simon. ” She was once yelling now, past the opportunity of moderation, her quantity matching the pounding in her cranium. “And what precisely do you suggest via a superb flogging? A flogging? Are you insane? ” Mary put either palms on Wren’s shoulders, as though to calm her, and Wren shoved them off. “And you? you'll promote us to that witch? ” A low rumble of thunder cracked the sky outdoors, and the cool smell of rain gusted during the arch at the a ways facet of the room. A second later, lightning lower in the course of the clouds, flashing during the darkness of the cave. The room used to be completely silent after Wren’s outburst, and within the intervening seconds she felt all her feelings, even her anger at Elsa, slip away. every little thing other than embarrassment. what's wrong with me? “Um. I suggest. we should always discuss this. ” She may consider the eyes of the entire amassing Fiddlers on her. She began backpedaling, speaking approximately criminal ramifications and baby protecting companies, yet Wren might see from Mary’s expression that her harm keep watch over was once simply making it worse. Simon was once observing his fingers. Jack’s mouth hung open, like he was once a stunned sketch personality. Elsa’s gaze was once cool, as if she was once contemplating what may be worse than a flogging. White-Beard used to be dictating whatever excitedly to the girl with the list ebook, and, from the appearance he saved giving Wren, it had whatever to do together with her. And Cole used to be learning Boggen’s stone, a bit smile taking part in approximately his mouth, yet his falcon had locked its piercing gaze on Wren. Wren’s compelled chuckle sounded extra like a pant for air. “I’m now not myself without delay. ” “Falcon trip could have atypical unwanted effects, you recognize that. It used to be Wren’s first time at the present time. ” Mary’s often unruffled voice sounded uneasy. “And occasionally i locate that apprentices have astonishing reactions to the northern weather. ” She grabbed Wren via either shoulders and spun her round. “Perhaps I may still take them someplace to leisure. ” that they had taken steps again towards the bridge while Cole’s voice rang out. “A climate Changer, Mary? ” he stated. “Did you intend to conceal this from us?

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