Down Among the Sticks and BoneseBook - 2017
Winner: 2018 Alex Award
Winner: 2018 ALA RUSA Fantasy Award
Seanan McGuire returns to her popular Wayward Children series with Down Among the Sticks and Bones-- a truly standalone story suitable for adult and young adult readers of urban fantasy, and the follow-up to the Alex, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning, World Fantasy Award finalist, Tiptree Honor List book Every Heart a Doorway
Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children.
This is the story of what happened first...
Jacqueline was her mother's perfect daughter--polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it's because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.
Jillian was her father's perfect daughter--adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got.
They were five when they learned that grown-ups can't be trusted.
They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices .
The Wayward Children Series
Book 1: Every Heart a Doorway
Book 2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Book 3: Beneath the Sugar Sky
Book 4: In an Absent Dream
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From Library Staff
The second in the Wayward Children trilogy, this book is technically a prequel to Every Heart a Doorway, though you can read it before or after the first published novella. Jack and Jill are perfect little representations of their parents gender role expectations, though they aren't living the li... Read More »
LPL_KimberlyL Jul 20, 2017
187 pages. A companion novella to Every Heart a Doorway, this gives the backstory to Jack and Jill and their misadventures in a fairy-tale horror land. You don't need to have read the first to enjoy this one!
LPL_KateG May 03, 2017
I happened to read this BEFORE the first one (Every Heart a Doorway) and it works very well as a prequel or a sequel, depending on what camp you're in. I really loved how McGuire eased me into the spooky weird world, so if you've been waiting to read Every Heart..., start here first!
From the critics
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There are worlds built on rainbows and worlds built on rain. There are worlds of pure mathematics, where every number chimes like crystal as it rolls into reality. There are worlds of light and worlds of darkness, worlds of rhyme and worlds of reason, and worlds where the only thing that matters is the goodness in a hero's heart.
Some adventures require nothing more than a willing heart and the ability to trip over the cracks in the world.
A single revelation does not change a life. It is a start.
This, you see, is the true danger of children: they are ambushes, each and every one of them.
Hope only got you hurt. Hope was her least favourite thing, of all the things.
"I think the rules were different there. It was all about science, but the science was magical. It didn’t care about whether something could be done. It was about whether it should be done, and the answer was always, always yes."
"Jacqueline and Jillian, who were crying for some of the many reasons that babies cry—they were cold, they were distressed, they were offended by the existence of gravity—continued to wail."
"I could give you children,” said Jack, sounding faintly affronted. “You’d have to tell me how many heads you wanted them to have, and what species you’d like them to be, but what’s the point of having all these graveyards if I can’t give you children when you ask for them?"
...and "yet" is such a powerful, unforgiving word that there is no questioning its truth, and no hiding from its promise.
People who knew Chester and Serena Wolcott socially would have placed money on the idea that the couple would never choose to have children.
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Once upon a time, twins Jacqueline and Jillian Wolcott opened a trunk in their attic, and found an impossible staircase that led down, down, down, to a magical world called The Moors. A world where Jack didn’t have to be the perfect girly girl for her mother, and Jill didn’t have to be the sports-loving tomboy standing in for an absent son. But still a world where they would have to be polar opposites in a different way, choosing between The Master and Dr. Bleak, the vampire, and the mad scientist. If they still have one thing in common, it is that they want to stay on the Moors forever. But we all know that doorways come calling when you least expect them.
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