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By Marissa Burt

From Marissa Burt, writer of Storybound, comes a richly imagined heart grade fable loosely encouraged through the rhymes of mom Goose. jam-packed with magic and secret, A Sliver of Stardust is the precise event for enthusiasts of A Wrinkle in Time or The Emerald Atlas.

Wren Matthews inspiration she’d outgrown nursery rhymes many years in the past. yet that was once ahead of 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 fort lower than an aurora-filled sky. yet simply as she begins to grasp her particular skills, her new global starts to collapse round her . . . and in simple terms she will be able to store it.

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That’s it! the celebrities! ” She grabbed her packet of papers and rustled via it, sending aqua sparks ricocheting round their tabletop, until eventually she came upon the web page with the invitation. “Astris capability ‘stars. ’” Wren would possibly not have spent the complete evening Googling the topography of town, yet she had regarded up the Latin word. She pointed to it. “Sapiens dominabitur astris: ‘A clever guy can rule the celebs. ’ That’s the clue. ” “Clue to what? ” “Your riddle! ” Wren folded the papers again up. “I understand the place Pippen Hill is. ” Simon had walked to the espresso store, so Wren wheeled her motorcycle along as they made their approach around the college campus. “The observatory is surrounded through apple trees,” she stated, following the general course. “My dad informed me the complete campus was an orchard. ” She mimicked his teacherish tone from previous. “I’m stunned you didn’t recognize that, Simon. ” yet Wren quickly forgot to be snarky with him. As they approached the observatory, she spotted whatever she had by no means noticeable prior to. whatever she was once yes had by no means been there sooner than. located in a clump of apple timber a ways from the observatory construction used to be a cottage that appeared like it belonged in a fairy story, entire with misshapen bricks, thatched roof, and a tottering moment tale dotted with chimneys. Wren propped her motorbike opposed to a tree, they usually picked their manner alongside the asymmetric stone pathway that ended in front porch. “How may well i have not visible this sooner than? ” “You’ve by no means obvious this apartment prior to, and right here it's. ” Simon took the porch steps at a time. “No one else observed the falcon, but either you and that i observed it. And nobody else observed the dirt yet you and me. by some means every thing is expounded. ” “How have you learnt not anyone else observed the airborne dirt and dust? ” “My dad didn’t. ” Simon shrugged. “I by chance dropped my packet within the front room, and he by no means stated a note, even if the carpet was once coated with the stuff. ” Wren considered how the papers had stained her pocket. If her mother had spotted that half Wren’s hoodie used to be lined with ashes, she might have had lots to claim approximately it. “Every challenge has a logical rationalization. ” Simon rubbed his brow vigorously, like he might uncover the answer by way of sheer determination. “If we had extra info, shall we get a hold of a greater speculation. ” “Well, then, what are we looking forward to? ” Wren straightened her sweatshirt and knocked at the weathered door. while it opened, Wren knew they'd certainly came upon Pippen Hill. status in entrance of them was once the mysterious girl who had disappeared on the trivialities problem, and perched on her shoulder was once her modern white falcon. “I’m Mary,” the lady acknowledged, giving them a conspiratorial smile. Mary’s dreadlocked hair was once twisted right into a fats knot at the again of her head, and thick strings of beads have been looped round her neck. “You are Wren and Simon, the brand-new Fiddler apprentices”—she pulled a small silver hourglass from her skirt pocket and peered at it—“who are correct on time. are available in. ” 4 trip a cock-horse as much as the sky and spot a great woman who won’t inform a lie.

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