Chime (Paperback)

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If you enjoy fantasy of any sort, Chime is an absolute must-read. No,
scratch that. If you enjoy books of any sort, Chime is an absolute
must-read.

Briony Larkin hates herself. It is one of the many rules she put in
place- she mustn't ever forget to despise herself. You hurt people. She
tells herself. You hurt people and you must never forget it. Another of
Briony's rules, this one set in place by her now-deceased stepmother, is
that she must never, ever set foot in the swamp. Gone are her days of
playing Wolfgirl alone in the bogs- Briony plus swamp equals terrible
terrible things. After all, how did Stepmother die? How did Briony's
sister Rose suffer a shattering blow to her wits? Briony thinks she
knows the answers, and they mean she must follow her rules unfailingly.
When lion-boy Eldric comes to town, though, she begins to neglect her
rules. And isn't that when dreadful things happen? Or is something
deeper and darker at foot in Briony's sleepy swampside town?

The beauty of this story is almost impossible to describe. Franny
Billingsey's writing is magnificently gorgeous and the story plays out
with exquisite detail against the dark background of the swamp. Best for
ages fourteen and up.

— Lily

Description


"Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love."—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black

Briony has a secret. It is a secret that killed her stepmother, ruined her sister's mind, and will end her life, if anyone were to know. She has powers. Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and a great mane of tawny hair. He is as natural as the sun, and he treats her as if she is extraordinary. And everything starts to change . . .


A National Book Award Finalist 

★ “Exquisite to the final word.”—Booklist, starred review

★ “Both lushly sensual and shivery.”—School Library Journal, starred review

About the Author


Franny Billingsley (frannybillingsley.com) is the award-winning author of four books, including The Folk Keeper—winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction—and Chime, which received six starred reviews and was a National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Tufts University and the Boston University School of Law, Franny left the practice of law to write full-time and hasn't yet looked back.

Praise For…


A National Book Award Finalist

"Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love."—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black

★ “A darkly beguiling fantasy.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "Billingsley takes the time to develop a layered narrative adorned with linguistic filigree—she is one of the great prose stylists of the field.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “Exquisite to the final word.”—Booklist, starred review

★ “Both lushly sensual and shivery.”—School Library Journal, starred review

★ “Extraordinary and moving.”—BCCB, starred review

★ “An entirely original concoction.”—The Horn Book, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780142420928
ISBN-10: 0142420921
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: April 12th, 2012
Pages: 384
Language: English
 

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