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by Eleanor Glewwe


by Eleanor Glewwe



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A captivating fantasy about the bond between twins, and the power of children to stand up for what's right.

Rivka is one of the magical elite and the daughter of an important ambassador. But she harbors a deep secret: She once had a twin brother, Arik. When Arik failed to develop his own magical abilities, the government declared him a wilding, removed him from his home, placed him with non-magical adoptive parents, and forbade him any contact with his birth family. Now it is as if he never existed at all.

But Rivka refuses to forget her twin brother. Even though she knows she could lose everything—her father, her friends, even her freedom—she sets out to find Arik. She has nothing to go on except her still-new magical powers and her love for her brother. Can that possibly be enough to bring them together again, when all of society believes they belong apart?

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ISBN-13: 9780698151253
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Eleanor Glewwe was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Minnesota. Her parents sent her to French immersion school in kindergarten, and she began studying Mandarin in high school. At various points in her life, she has also attempted to teach herself Cantonese, German, Spanish, Hindi, Ancient Greek, and Turkish. She plays the cello and used to host music parties for her friends, arranging Renaissance dances and Baroque concerti grossi for unorthodox instrumentation. She plays the cello and once braved a snowstorm to perform in a chamber music competition. At Swarthmore College, she studied linguistics, French, and Chinese and worked in the music library, shelving composers’ biographies and binding scores with a needle and thread. More recently, she haunted the tunnels under the Minnesota State Capitol as a legislative advocate. In addition to being a writer, Eleanor is a folk dancer and a Sacred Harp singer. Eleanor lives in Los Angeles, where she is a graduate student in linguistics.

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“I’m ashamed of you, Rivka,” Father said. Even though I hated him, his words still made me feel worthless. “I thought you had grasped how the world worked. Evidently you have not, so listen to me. You are a kasir. You are a magician. You are not like the halani. They are not like us. None of them. And we do not mix with halani. Do you understand?”

What I heard was: Your brother is a halan. He is dead to us. You are never to see him again.

“Do you understand?” Father demanded.

“Yes,” I lied.

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