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In a world where an uneasy peace binds Humans and Nightlings, fourteen-year-old Genna and her twelve-year-old brother Dan learn of their uncle's plot to gain immortality in exchange for human lives, and the two strike their own bargain with the Nightling lord, which sets them on a dangerous journey along the Moonroads in search of a key. Reprint.
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Holly Lisle has been doing the pro novelist gig since 1992. Prior to that, she was an on-again, off-again missionaries' kid, high-school entrepreneur, and once past graduation, a newspaper ad rep, a sign-painter/commercial artist, the "window girl" at a McDonald's, a guitar teacher for absolute beginners, a singer at local restaurants, and because all of those together paid starvation wages, she went to nursing school the next year, and two years later was an RN.
For ten years.
She paid off her student loan the same year she got her first three-book contract, and...well...she's been writing for her supper ever since.
She is active online, providing courses teaching what she has discovered about writing fiction as well as maintaining her own weblog and website, HollyLisle.com. And with more than a million books in print via commercial publishers, she has now moved to publishing herself.
Grade 5–8—Gennadara and her brother, Danrith, live in the primitive village of Hillrush and are surrounded by danger. Like other humans, they can go out only in daylight, and they have an uneasy truce with the nightlings, creatures of the nearby forest who only come out after dark. All are ruled by Letrin, an arrogant and powerful being who lives in a kind of underground fairy mound. Genna and Dan's father is thought to be dead, and the children are terrified of their evil Uncle Banris, who conspires to marry their very ill mother. When the siblings sneak out at night to milk sap from the taandu trees to cure their mother, they are catapulted into a series of wild adventures involving a young nightling, a talking cat, magic moonroads, and plenty of beasties and ghoulies. They must find a young man named Doyati to save their family and the villagers from death at the hands of Letrin. While the book offers enough requisite fantasy elements—a seemingly impossible quest, plenty of magic, poetic language, and brave young protagonists—the plot twists need too much overt explanation to ring true, and the overly complicated fantasy structure sinks under its own weight. The nightling is an intriguing character, but her facile ability to smooth over difficulties strains credulity.—Quinby Frank, Green Acres School, Rockville, MD
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Book Description Scholastic, New York, New York, 2009. Trade Paperback. Condition: New. New Book. Seller Inventory # 704127
Book Description 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. Humans and Nightlings are never to meet, but when Genna and her brother Dan venture into the old forest at night, they encounter a Nightling slave who reveals a terrifying secret.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 361 pages. 0.331. Seller Inventory # 9780545000130
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Book Description 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. Humans and Nightlings are never to meet, but when Genna and her brother Dan venture into the old forest at night, they encounter a Nightling slave who reveals a terrifying se.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 361 pages. 0.331. Seller Inventory # 9780545000130
Book Description Scholastic Paperbacks, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Seller Inventory # DADAX0545000130