CHIME by Franny Billingsley

Briony Larkin is used to hating herself.  Responsible for her sister’s mental affliction and depressed by her beloved Stepmother’s death, Briony lives in a perpetual state of self-torture.

As a concealed witch, Briony also lives a lie.  Were anyone to discover she is a witch, she would be hanged.  She often retreats to the swamp to speak with the Old Ones, a power humans do not possess.  But now the swamp may be drained, and the Old Ones are angry.

Enter golden-eyed, tawny-haired Eldric, who refuses to believe that Briony has a darkness within.  Eldric is determined to unearth the secrets beneath Briony’s self-loathing.  Despite Briony’s best efforts to keep her secrets hidden, Eldric begins to tap into the truth: that nothing is as it seems.

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About Allie Jane Bruce

Children's Librarian, Bank Street College. Librarian, We Need Diverse Books. Co-creator of Reading While White (readingwhilewhite.blogspot.com). Newbery Committee 2016. Addicted to children's literature and chocolate.
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