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Chime. Franny Billingsley
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A unique gothic romance with an enticing undercurrent of fairytale and darkness. Perfect for teen girls

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Franny's first novel for Bloomsbury, The Folk Keeper, was awarded many US prizes including Notable Children's Book and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Best Book of the Year (School Library Journal). Chime is Franny Billingsley's third book, her first being Well Wished. It has been shortlisted for the National Book Award. Franny lives in her home town of Chicago with her husband and two children. http://www.frannybillingsley.com/

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Praise for The Folk Keeper: A minor masterpiece of compression: sharply written and highly engaging for 10 to 16-year-olds
*TES*

A most enchanting, original and compulsive fantasy. The reader is fascinated, drawn in from the very beginning . . . The language is rich and expressive and the emotional involvement with all of the characters is developed with consummate skill and craftswomanship. Highly recommended
*School Librarian*

Praise for Chime: Had me gripped from the first sentence . . . from the fantastic opening line onwards, Billingsley's writing just gets better and better
*Writing from the Tub*

An amazing, fascinating heroine and a swoon-worthy romance . . . I loved it, I loved it so much I want the entire world to know about it . . . I loved this book with the force of a thousand supernovas
*The Book Smugglers*

Briony Larkin believes she should be hanged as a witch. After all, she can talk to the Old Ones in the Swampsea. She is also responsible for the death of her stepmother, as well as the fall that addled her twin sister's wits. Through her self-loathing, she is convinced that, having ruined so many lives, she must be punished. When the handsome, leonine Eldric arrives from London, Briony is attracted but fearful of destroying another relationship. Duerden creates a rich panoply of voices, from the sardonic main character to the wild denizens of the swamp, while at the same time ably conveying the richly layered language of Billingsley's text. Common Core Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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