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Sunday, August 22, 2010

B2SW: First Pages: Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school, and the two girls become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory's magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe, but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself. Soon she'll discover the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that these two are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. Generations ago, the faerie queen promised Pheobe's ancestor five extraordinary sons in exchange for the sacrifice of one ordinary female heir. But in hundreds of years there hasn't been a single ordinary girl in the family, and now the faeries are dying. Could Phoebe be the first ordinary one? Could she save the faeries, or is she special enough to save herself? 



Why I chose this:  Extraodinary revolves aound a high school, so that's kind of a given; I also think it's going to be pretty popular with high school girls, and I was impressed enough with Werlin's Impossible to want to see where she's going in this one.  And just look at that cover!





[Please note: This reading is from an ARC, so actual quotations may change in the final printing.  Also, this is not completely technically a "first page" -- there is a prologue of sorts which I chose to skip over in favor of the first chapter.]




This week, why not share some of your childhood favorites with a child?
You never know; years from now, they might be dedicating their book to you...

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