Reckless [With Earbuds] (Playaway Children)

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9781616570965: Reckless [With Earbuds] (Playaway Children)

Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father's abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He's also made many enemies and allies--most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.
But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob's younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl--a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.
Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell--before it's too late.

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About the Author:

Cornelia Funke is an internationally bestselling, multiple-award-winning author, best known for writing the Inkheart trilogy, Dragon Rider, and The Thief Lord. Deeming her "a unique talent," Time magazine included Cornelia on its "Time 100," an annual list of the most influential people in the world. Cornelia currently lives with her family in Los Angeles, California, in a house full of books.

From AudioFile:

Twenty-something Jacob Reckless, the hero of Funke's latest fairy tale-inspired adventure, is on his greatest quest ever--saving his brother from turning into a goyl, a man made of stone. Narrating newcomer Elliot Hill provides a strong reading that is well suited to the characters of Mirrorworld, the alternate universe Reckless finds himself in after he puts his hand into the magical mirror in his father's study. Hill's acting expertise is clearly demonstrated as he gives voice to the characters of the fairy-tale world--from the oily voice of a double-crossing dwarf to the hushed tones of the fairies as they try to lull the listener into their spell. Hill's soothing cadence makes the adventure seem even more real. An enticing start to this new series. E.N. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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