By Richard Peck
Mary Alice's formative years summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois city have been choked with adequate drama to fill the double invoice of any photo convey. yet now she is fifteen, and faces a complete lengthy 12 months with Grandma, a lady popular for shaking up her neighbors-and every person else! All Mary Alice can understand for sure is that this: whilst attempting to are expecting how lifestyles with Grandma may perhaps end up . . . higher no longer. This wry, pleasant sequel to the Newbery Honor publication A good way from Chicago has already taken its position one of the classics of children's literature.
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The man’s screams now joined the choir of the damned that wailed beyond the city’s walls. Blackbird clicked his talons on the tabletop, chipping slivers of wood from the surface. He peered at her, watching the flare of her soul shimmer and shift through his lens. He groaned. He’d hoped she would be worth the effort, but no; it was a pale, flickering thing of little warmth. Despair dampened its colors, while her selfish desires and her small ambitions shrunk it. Envy and malice drained whatever taste there once might have been.
The clock’s pendulum swung back and forth. The mouse blinked, then gathered itself and dashed forward across the hardwood floor. That was when the cat pounced. It streaked from its hiding spot beneath the couch, and a heavy paw knocked the mouse sideways. The mouse skidded across the floor, rolled to its feet, and ran. A shadow passed over TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes it, and two paws came down on either side of it. The cat batted it across the floor, slamming it into something hard and slick.
To sell her soul. What fools these mortal are. She searched the gloomy tavern, peering into the shadowy hoods of the djinn, the demons, and the ghouls that frequented the Six-Pence. The tavern had earned its name because a mortal TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes had once sold his soul for that meager sum, so driven by hunger that he’d given it up for the price of a single meal. Blackbird hoped it had been the most divine supper in all of existence, as he’d been collected the following night.
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck