Fantasy and Science Fiction for Children and Teens
Emma Sweeney is not happy - her mother has convinced her to take a job caring for their new neighbor Albert Maxim's father, Poppy Maxim. Emma doesn't want to to be a caretaker for some old man she's never met - she'd much rather stay home and take care of her sister, Summer, who is ill with an unexplained illness. But when Poppy teaches her a new game, she is unexpectedly drawn into the game. Then when strange things begin to happen, Emma is drawn into a new game - one in which the stakes are high but Emma doesn't understand the rules. As Emma begins to perceive that everything is not as it seems, she realizes that she must protect her family at all costs.
A mesmerizing story that draws the reader in, just as Emma is drawn into the game. At first, Emma and the people and places around her seem ordinary enough. But it's the kind of book where you just know that everything isn't as it seems, and sure enough, soon you find yourself along with Emma traveling to strange worlds and trying to understand just what is going on. Once it gets going, the story moves along quickly towards an exciting climax.
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