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A rock 'n' roll band to die for? Callie is about to find out.... Not much happens in fourteen-year-old Callie McCallan's sleepy Massachusetts town. So when the famous rock 'n' roll band, Brass Rat, schedules a concert in the Valley, it's big news. As a reporter for her school paper, Callie scores the scoop of a lifetime--a backstage pass to interview the lead singer of Brass Rat! Her friends are so jealous. But Callie isn't sure what the fuss is all about...until she meets the band. Lead singer Peter Gringras and his band mates are so cool. Especially Peter. When he plays his flute, it's as if he has some kind of hypnotic power. But there is something strange about the band, something Callie can't quite put her finger on. Maybe she's just being weird, but it's as if they're from here--but not from here--at the same time.
It's when, on Halloween night, Callie's little brother Nicky disappears--along with all the other children of Northampton--that she begins to wonder if her suspicions are so weird after all. It's crazy, but Callie thinks she knows why the children have disappeared--and who took them. To prove it--and to rescue Nicky and the other children--Callie will be forced down a road that will lead to her to a mythical world filled with fantastical creatures. A world from which there may be no return....
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Jane Yolen, a Caldecott Medal winner and two-time Nebula Award winner, is one of the most distinguished and successful authors for young readers and adults in the country. She is the winner of dozens of prestigious awards, among them the World Fantasy Award, the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, and two Christopher Medals. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Adam Stemple is a professional rock 'n' roll musician who has recorded several albums and has had a number of short stories published. Pay the Piper is his first book for younger readers---and his first novel collaboration with his mother. Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple are both busy at work on the next book in their Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale series.
Pay the Piper
At last Gringas turned, grinned, and winked at Callie.
"Now, do you have any questions for me, young lady?"
"Um..." she said. It was not a good beginning
"Did you ever get enough money for your wife?" Nick asked suddenly.
Callie flushed. Not because it was a stupid question. In fact it was on her own mental list. But to ask it so baldly. And in that way. And the implication that--since Nick was her little brother--she wanted to know the answer especially was too much.
"Nicky," she said, her voice low, "shut up or go away. Or both."
Gringas looked at her a moment, and it was as if only the two of them existed in all the world. His voice was soft, musical, low. "Be careful what you wish, my lady, for it might come true. And then you will have many years to rue it."
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