by Nikolas Lee (Goodreads Author)
Being the freak with the iron jaw isn’t easy for ten-year-old Ionikus Reav…more
Being the freak with the iron jaw isn’t easy for ten-year-old Ionikus Reaves. It’s cold, heavy, and worst of all, it’s bound to his skin with magic. Father attached it, but left only a riddle as to why, and now he’s in the war, fighting on behalf of the pompous, evil Illyrian gods who drafted him. Now with Father gone, Ion blames no one but the Illyrians for his new freak status.
Then Ion discovers that, due to an incredibly infuriating reincarnation, he’s a Guardian: a wind-riding, lightning-toting god created to serve the Illyrians he so hates. The gods promise to free Father, however, and possibly solve the mystery of Ion’s jaw--so long as he agrees to train as a Guardian--and Ion accepts. But Ion soon finds his new world to be a dark, secretive one, where not every promise a god makes, a god keeps, and not accepting who you are...can have the deadliest of consequences.
It's not just a tale full of mystery, magic, new worlds, and new gods, it's one abnormal boy's search for normal, and the surprising discoveries he makes along the way.
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by David Scott
After eating breakfast,
and playing in the sun,
chasing balls and bunnies,
just having so much fun . . .
Louie and Lilly
leapt off their lush lawn,
headed for shelter,
and started to yawn.
With soft sleepy eyes,
some barking and yaps,
they stretched out their paws,
all ready for naps. [close]
by Jennifer Keats Curtis
― Jane Yolen, Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood
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