Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.74 × 6.41 × 0.82 in
Published: August 26, 2008
Publisher: Candlewick Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0763641472
ISBN - 13: 9780763641474
About the Book
From the bestselling author of "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" comes a tale-within-a-tale about the strange world of the "skibbereen" (also known as tooth fairies) and the universal need to believe..
Read from the Book
~TWILIGHT~ BY EVENING, WHEN THE WINDS ROSE yet again, the power began to stutter at half-strength, and the sirens to fail. From those streetlights whose bulbs hadn’t been stoned, a tea-colored dusk settled in uncertain tides. It fell on the dirty militias of pack dogs, all bullying and foaming against one another, and on the palm fronds twitching in the storm gutter, and on the abandoned cars, and everything — everything — was flattened, equalized in the gloom of half-light. Like the subjects in a browning photograph in some antique photo album, only these times weren’t antique. They were now. The air seemed both oily and dry. If you rubbed your fingers together, a miser imagining a coin, your fingers stuck slightly. A fug of smoke lay on the slopes above the deserted freeway. It might have reminded neighbors of campfire hours, but there were few neighbors around to notice. Most of them had gotten out while they still could. Dinah could feel that everything was different, without knowing how or why. She wasn’t old enough to add up this column of facts: - power cuts - the smell of wet earth: mudslide surgically opening the hills - winds like Joshua’s army battering the walls of Jericho - massed clouds with poisonous yellow edges - the evacuation of the downslope neighbors, and the silence and come up with a grown-up summary, like one or more of the following: - the collapse of local government and services - the collapse of public confidence
From the Publisher
From the author of the best-selling WICKED, a transporting tale-within-a-tale about the strange world of skibbereen — aka tooth fairies — and the universal need to believe.
A terrible storm is raging, and ten-year-old Dinah is huddled by candlelight with her brother, sister, and cousin Gage, who is telling a very unusual tale. It’s the story of What-the-Dickens, a newly hatched orphan creature who finds he has an attraction to teeth, a crush on a cat named McCavity, and a penchant for getting into trouble. One day he happens upon a feisty girl skibberee who is working as an Agent of Change — trading coins for teeth — and learns that there is a dutiful tribe of skibbereen (call them tooth fairies) to which he hopes to belong. As his tale of discovery unfolds, however, both What-the- Dickens and Dinah come to see that the world is both richer and less sure than they ever imagined.
About the Author
Gregory Maguire is the author of more than a dozen novels for children as well as four adult novels, including WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST, which was made into a hit Broadway musical. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.