Chime

Chime

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by Franny Billingsley, Susan Duerden
     
 

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“Romantic, mysterious, and wildly inventive. I adored every gorgeous word.”-Nancy Werlin, author of Impossible and Extraordinary
 
Briony has a secret. She believes her secret killed her stepmother, destroyed her twin sister’s mind, and threatens all the children in the Swampsea. She yearns to be rid of her terrible secret

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“Romantic, mysterious, and wildly inventive. I adored every gorgeous word.”-Nancy Werlin, author of Impossible and Extraordinary
 
Briony has a secret. She believes her secret killed her stepmother, destroyed her twin sister’s mind, and threatens all the children in the Swampsea. She yearns to be rid of her terrible secret, but risks being hanged if she tells a soul. That’s what happens to witches: They’re hanged by the neck until dead.

Then Eldric arrives—Eldric with his golden mane and lion eyes and electric energy—and he refuses to believe anything dark about Briony. But he wonders what’s been buried beneath her self-hatred, hidden in Rose’s mangled thoughts, and whispered about by the Old Ones. And Briony wonders how Eldric can make her want to cry. 
Especially when everyone knows that witches can’t cry.

A wild, haunting mystery and romance that is as beautifully written as it is captivating.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After too long of an absence, Billingsley (The Folk Keeper) returns with the quirky but rich tale of 17-year-old Briony, who is convinced that she's a witch. Not only is Briony responsible for her twin sister Rose's disabling fall from a swing years earlier, causing brain-damage, she also believes she caused her stepmother's death. The 20th century has arrived in backwater Swampsea, England, and with it such wonders as railroads, motorcars, and pumping stations to drain the bog. But the supernatural Old Ones are unhappy with technology and have sent a fever to punish the children of Swampsea, including Rose. Desperate to save her sister's life, Briony is torn between her painful belief in her own irredeemably evil nature and her attraction to handsome, newly arrived bad boy Eldric Clayborne. "How could I bear it, Eldric living with us, this non-child, this boy-man? I'd have to keep on my Briony mask.... I'd have to keep my tongue sharp and amusing. Already I was exhausted." Filled with eccentric characters—self-hating Briony foremost—and oddly beautiful language, this is a darkly beguiling fantasy. Ages 12–up. (Mar.)
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"Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love." -Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Tithe and Ironside
VOYA - Laura Panter
Seventeen-year-old Briony Larkin believes herself a witch. Briony's endearing, supportive stepmother has convinced her she is the cause of her family tragedies, specifically to her socially-challenged identical sister, Rose. To atone for her actions, Briony refuses to love. She will not cry and she will hate herself every day for harming her family with her anger and jealousy. She has banished herself from her beloved, magical Swampsea marsh where she communicated with the Old Ones through her gift of second sight. Her crushing guilt over her witchery motivates her to burn all her writings, for reasons that, to Briony, are cloudy and shrouded with lies. When Eldric comes to live with the Larkins, he awakens Briony's true spirit and allows her to become herself. As terrible happenings begin again, Briony begins to realize the truth of her past. Her misconceptions of true evil find Briony about to be hanged as a witch, until the secrets within her family are revealed. Billingsley creates an original tale of terrifying mythical marsh creatures and a charmingly romantic love story, even when the voice of Briony is, at times, as murky as her confusion. Rose and Eldric are characters the reader yearns to learn more about, but the secondary characters could use more dimension. The book is slow to engross readers, but those fantasy fans who soldier on will find a deceivingly delicious dark tale of eccentric characters and gripping suspense. Some may guess as to the conclusion of the twist-and-turn mystery; however, Billingsley gives a most satisfying end to a shaky beginning. Reviewer: Laura Panter
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Born precisely at midnight, that eldritch hour between one day and the next, Briony has always been a bit fey. But it isn't until her twin sister, Rose, is hurt while they are swinging together and her stepmother is tragically crippled in a freak accident that Briony comes to believe that she is a witch, doomed to end her life dangling from the hangman's noose. She only begins to hope that she might not be quite as wicked and damned as she had thought when she is befriended by a newcomer to the village, a beautiful boy with leonine grace and electric eyes. The magnificently dark romantic setting and lovely, lyrical language and imagery enhance a novel that is both lushly sensual and shivery. Billingsley's YA debut is a memorable one.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307915191
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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"Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love." -Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Tithe and Ironside

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