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Chime by Franny Billingsley
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May 13, 12

Read in January, 2012

Briony, a teenaged girl convinced she is a witch, panics as the unearthly events of her fantastical small European town spiral out of control. The dark creatures that populate the world communicate with her, telling her what she must do in order for them to cease the onslaught of the plague that has even caught hold of her beloved twin sister, a girl already not quite right in the mind. Meanwhile she is falling for the lodger in their home, a boy from the city come to visit his father, who believes firmly in her innate goodness. This brooding story is littered with surprisingly funny dialog and realistic relationships. The rules of the imaginary world are especially coherent and communicated well to the reader. I would definitely recommend it to teenagers fond of fairy tales and fantasy, especially those who would appreciate a heroine who combines outer beauty with strength, courage, wit and depth with human failings. "Hunger Games" fans might especially appreciate this aspect of the story.
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