The Blue Girl

The Blue Girl

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World Fantasy Award winner Charles de Lint weaves a spellbinding contemporary fantasy that will leave you breathless. When Imogene, her mother, and her brother move to Newford, she decides to reinvent herself--this time she won't go looking for trouble. She quickly gets to know two very different people. Maxine is a "good girl," following a strict life plan. Imogene helps Maxine loosen up and break a few rules, and in turn Maxine keeps her on the straight and narrow. Imogene's other new friend is a little more unusual. His name is Adrian. He is a ghost. Adrian was killed when he jumped off the high school roof in 1998, and hasn't left since. He has a huge crush on her--so much so that he wants her to see the fairies that also haunt the school. The fairies invade Imogene's dreams, blurring the line between the unreal and the real. When her imaginary childhood friend Pelly actually manifests, Imogene knows something is terribly wrong. With Maxine, Adrian, and Pelly's help, Imogene challenges the dark forces of Faery. "This lively novel thoughtfully examines friendships that cross magical boundaries and explores how love can strengthen and save us."--School Library Journal
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 140 x 206 x 28mm | 399.17g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142405450
  • 9780142405451
  • 188,978

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"This lively novel thoughtfully examines friendships that cross magical boundaries and explores how love can strengthen and save us."--School Library Journal "Imogene and Maxine are fully-drawn characters, and the plot builds steadily toward the end."--Children's Literature "Readers always know what to expect in a de Lint fantasy: supple, sinuous writing in a contemporary setting laced with fantasy neatly hardwired in place . . . Fairies like the evil twins of the wee free men, Imogene's not so imaginary childhood friend Pelly, and a shadow world impinging on this one conjure up satisfying elements of Buffy the Vampire Slayer--there's even a helpful British librarian named Ms. Giles."--Kirkus Reviews
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About Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint (charlesdelint.com) is the author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children's books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, White Pine, Crawford, and Aurora awards. The first book of the Wildlings trilogy, Under My Skin, won the 2013 Aurora Award for Young Adult Fiction. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. De Lint and his wife, MaryAnn Harris, a fellow artist and musician, recently released companion CDs of their original songs, samples of which can be heard on de Lint's website. They live in Ottawa.
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9,124 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 33% (3,035)
4 35% (3,213)
3 24% (2,217)
2 6% (522)
1 2% (137)
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