Crescent Stone, The
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Crescent Stone, The

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"For Narnia fans who enjoy heavy snark, this is a must-read." --Kirkus Reviews"A compelling fantasy world with humor and heart." --Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints"With the rich characterization of John Green and the magical escapism of Narnia, this book is a must read for all fantasy fans!" --Lorie Langdon, author of Olivia Twist and the Doon seriesA girl with a deadly lung disease . . .A boy with a tragic past . . .A land where the sun never sets but darkness still creeps in . . .Madeline Oliver has never wanted for anything, but now she would give anything just to breathe. Jason Wu skates through life on jokes, but when a tragedy leaves him guilt-stricken, he promises to tell only the truth, no matter the price. When a mysterious stranger named Hanali appears to Madeline and offers to heal her in exchange for one year of service to his people, Madeline and Jason are swept into a strange land where they don't know the rules and where their decisions carry consequences that reach farther than they could ever guess.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 317.51g
  • Wheaton, United States
  • English
  • 1496431715
  • 9781496431714
  • 1,065,326

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A terminally-ill girl is lured into a fantasy world with a chance at a cure, but magic has a price. High school senior Madeline, struggling with a deadly lung disease, eagerly exchanges a year of service with the Elenil for her health. Meanwhile, her skeptical friend Jason Wu, worried for her safety, follows along and trades a year of his life for a pudding cup each day for the rest of his life. They find themselves in a world where young humans are recruited to serve and fight in wars against the Scim. While Madeline delights in her ability to breathe freely in the Sunlit Lands, Jason is busy investigating the rules of magic. The Elenil heal wounds, have magical toilets, and give him a war beast whom he names Delightful Glitter Lady. It is too good to be true--until you ask, where does all the poop go? And who accepts the wounds when these young soldiers are injured? Although at times heavy-handed with the religious imagery and social messaging, the issues this story brings up are relevant to current discussions about poverty and cultural extinction. Madeline is white and blonde, Jason is Chinese-American, and their culturally diverse friend group in the Sunlit Lands includes an Apsáalooke and a Native Hawaiian boy. For Narnia fans who enjoy heavy snark, this is a must-read.--Kirkus Reviews
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183 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 52% (96)
4 28% (52)
3 13% (24)
2 3% (6)
1 3% (5)
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