The Souk of Dreams by Keyan Bowes

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The Souk of Dreams by Keyan Bowes

The full moon brightens the Dubai desert as Dylan follows Samar up the sand dune, having second thoughts. He has no idea where in the desert they are. He has no idea what to expect at the Souk of Dreams. And having impulsively agreed to come with him, Dylan has no idea if he can

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Bonfire and Pearls by Mari Ness

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Bonfire and Pearls by Mari Ness

One night a year, she comes to them as a seal, shimmering over the waves. As she hauls out onto the rocky shore, she raises her muzzle to give a cry, a cry that some say sounds like a barking dog, and others a sobbing violin, a crying child, a shrieking wind. It is the

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But Not Always by Alexandra Seidel

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But Not Always by Alexandra Seidel

It is good to know sometimes that even apple trees will seize to bear fruit with age and that those fancy, shiny, glassy ballroom shoes will crack and break and leave bare feet behind That all the frogs hit walls is good to know sometimes and that with a loud thud they shed their wettish

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Each Night Without a Moon by Scott Christopher Lucas

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Each Night Without a Moon by Scott Christopher Lucas

She said she wanted it about a gargoyle. A flying, scaly monster that breathed fire that came out at night and roared as loud as the lawnmower. And there should be a girl her age who learns magic so she can save everyone from it. She should have horses but the horses didn’t have to

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Up In Smoke by Nicky Drayden

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Up In Smoke by Nicky Drayden

“Evan, you’ll give your brother nightmares,” Mama rasps. Slumped in her vinyl chair, she barely has energy to scold me for smoking in her kitchen. Dewey beats his chubby hands on the tray of his highchair, pulverizing steamed carrots. Yeah, he’s still on solids. The brat can’t talk yet either, but he idolizes how I

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Sep 302010
 
Divination by Dragon by Rachel Manija Brown

One black dragon soaring overhead represents the new beginning, the slate wiped clean. A good time to change careers or dissolve a partnership. Chances of conception are high. Three or more green dragons playing, diving, darting, nipping at each other’s tails, suggest indecision and frustration. Your lover is not satisfied. Your team will not win

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Sep 302010
 
Dry Spell by Justin Whitney

Dot glanced over at the wall of snow globes, looking for a sign. She could feel a blessing coming on. Surely today was the day. Sunlight leaked around the edges of a plastic curtain hanging over the kitchen sink. The faded daisies gave the double-wide a muted cheer. Dot, squinting in the dingy light, leaned

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Sep 302010
 
Fata Morgana by Sabrina Vourvoulias

Denature: Imagine vivisection at cellular level. Live extraction or structural change induced by heat. Acid. Or some base applied as biochemistry or magic dictates — turning what is without harm to poison. There is a reason to do it. There is. The dog loved to run. His blood carried messages from generations of canids traveling

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Sep 302010
 
Spin Me a Yarn by Angela Rega

I was made to work hard while my laggard mother sat idle. I cleaned the flues of soot, washed the chamber pot, scrubbed the floors and plucked the hairs off her chin–and all before the sun came up every morning! That is a lot of work for a lazy girl like me. I dreamed of

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The Girl In The Tower by Laurie Thayer

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The Girl In The Tower by Laurie Thayer

The princess rode the second-best horse forth from her father’s castle at daybreak; the best horse — her brother’s — had not been ridden since returning without the prince. This placid mare, a gift from her father, was supposed to be ridden only in her wedding parade, but she could not be wed until her

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Sep 302010
 
Birch Skin by Erik Amundsen

All of nature is divided on the subject of a loving fool. The arctic swifts and the squirrels that search through the silver skinned birch trees love love and love fools, but the seals love only love and the squid in their homes down deep know nothing of love but are impressed by the antics

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The Beauty Beyond by Sarah E. Colona

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The Beauty Beyond by Sarah E. Colona

I too tire of the blonde trance Parapets and horse-drawn paths Upon which our story’s cast Of flat characters flee to wedded ends Imagination travels further: it must Devour cliché as a desert creature Perhaps a jackal-headed Beast Guards a blue lotus and not the rose At present, Sarah Elizabeth Colona finds herself caught between

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