Every Heart A DoorwayBook - 2016
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LPL_MeredithW Feb 14, 2018
I read the first chapter of this and thought, "Well that's very intriguing," then promptly got more interested in four other books. But I love a novella, so this one will come back around for sure.
LPL_KimberlyL Jul 20, 2017
173 pages. A unique spin on the classic portal fantasy, that takes place *after* the characters return from a fairy tale world to the "real" world. A delightfully intersectional fantasy novella!
Best novella-- a touching story about what it means to move between worlds, for better or worse.
After Nancy vanishes into a fantasy world and returns home, she's sent to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, a place for kids who have traveled to new worlds and lost their home in the process.
LPL_KimberlyL Aug 20, 2016
Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children is a boarding school (really, sanitorium) that welcomes children who have returned to the "real world" after visiting otherworlds through magical portals. This book takes place after the fairy tale, so while it isn't exactly full of magic, it is ... Read More »
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"For us, the places we went were home. We didn't care if they were good or evil or neutral or what. We cared about the fact that for the first time we didn't have to pretend to be something we weren't. We just got to be. That made all the difference in the world."
“We went down, and at the bottom there was a door, and on the door there was a sign. Two words. ‘Be Sure.’ Sure of what? We were twelve, we weren’t sure of anything. So we went through."
"This world is unforgiving and cruel to those it judges as even the slightest bit outside the norm."
"Hope means you keep on holding to things that won't ever be so again, and so you bleed an inch at a time until there's nothing left."
"Where did you find the whipped cream?” he asked. “You had milk, I had science,” said Jack. “It’s amazing how much of culinary achievement can be summarized by that sentence. Cheese making, for example. The perfect intersection of milk, science, and foolish disregard for the laws of nature."
"Forget about words like 'Nonsense' and 'Logic'. We can work out those details later. Just answer. Where did you go?"
Hope hurts. That’s what you need to learn, and fast, if you don’t want it to cut you open from the inside out. Hope is bad. Hope means you keep holding on to things that won’t ever be so again, and so you bleed an inch at a time until there’s nothing left
Together, they walked across the property, the girl, the boy, and the dancing skeleton wrapped in rainbows.
She didn't mind flirting. Flirting was safe, flirting was fun; flirting was a way of interacting with her peers without anyone realizing that there was anything strange about her. She could have flirted forever. It was just the things that came after flirting that she had no interest in.
"There was no sound, not that the living could hear: there was only the idea of sound, the sudden, overwhelming sensation that something was being overlooked, something small and subtle and hidden between the molecules of silence."
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A long time ago, a little girl named Ely West found a doorway, and went on an adventure to a Nonsense world, where she was very happy, until one day she was too grown up to tolerate all the nonsense. Now Eleanor West runs a school for other children who have found doorways that led them home, only to be forced back into a mundane world where no one understands what happened to them. No one except Eleanor. The newest student at Eleanor’s school is Nancy Whitman, and she has just returned from the Halls of the Dead. After years spent perfecting the art of stillness for the Lord of the Dead, everything about this world seems too hot, and fast. Her parents insist on things being just like they were before, meaning colourful clothing, regular meals, and dates with boys, even though Nancy has realized she is asexual. So Nancy is sent to Eleanor’s school to recover from her “ordeal,” and there she meets other children who have had the same experiences. But soon after Nancy arrives, someone begins murdering students.
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