Impossible

Impossible

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This is a beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning American author Nancy Werlin. Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends and love. Is it enough to keep her safe?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 28mm | 181.44g
  • Puffin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141330309
  • 9780141330303
  • 762,387

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"Werlin earns high marks for the tale's graceful interplay between wild magic and contemporary reality." - "Booklist," starred review "This unique story flows smoothly and evenly, and the well-drawn characters and subtle hints of magic early on allow readers to enter willingly into the world of fantasy." - "School Library Journal," starred review "Modern logic and methodology mesh splendidly with fairy lore. . . The conclusion is startingly wholesome, comfortable and complete. . . the melding of magic and practicality provides a lovely whole." - "Kirkus Reviews," starred review ?Werlin earns high marks for the tale's graceful interplay between wild magic and contemporary reality.? ?"Booklist", starred review ?This unique story flows smoothly and evenly, and the well-drawn characters and subtle hints of magic early on allow readers to enter willingly into the world of fantasy.? ?"School Library Journal", starred review ?Modern logic and methodology mesh splendidly with fairy lore. . . The conclusion is startingly wholesome, comfortable and complete. . . the melding of magic and practicality provides a lovely whole.? ?"Kirkus Reviews", starred review Werlin earns high marks for the tale s graceful interplay between wild magic and contemporary reality. "Booklist", starred review This unique story flows smoothly and evenly, and the well-drawn characters and subtle hints of magic early on allow readers to enter willingly into the world of fantasy. "School Library Journal", starred review Modern logic and methodology mesh splendidly with fairy lore. . . The conclusion is startingly wholesome, comfortable and complete. . . the melding of magic and practicality provides a lovely whole. "Kirkus Reviews", starred review
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About Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts, USA and now lives near Boston. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Yale. Since then, she has worked as a technical writer and editor for several computer software and Internet companies, while also writing fiction. Impossible is her latest novel and was critically acclaimed after its publication in America.
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Rating details

16,630 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 26% (4,322)
4 32% (5,357)
3 26% (4,337)
2 11% (1,863)
1 5% (751)

Our customer reviews

Lucy Scarborough had always known her mother was crazy. Literally, she was insane. More accurately she was a homeless crazy bag lady as far as Lucy could see. But that was only on the occasions Lucy would see her, but where she went to when she disappeared no one knew. When she was seven Lucy made a discovery, one that would change her life. But being seven and as yet unable to read fluently this discovery was put aside and all but forgotten but for a spell created and made on a childish whim. A spell that may just one day save her life. When she was seventeen Lucy learned the truth, well the truth as her mother believed it to be. But would believing her mother really be the key to her salvation, or was it yet more ranting from a mind lost to insanity and would listening to it only lead to insanity for Lucy herself? More importantly would Lucy, being only seventeen with her only experience with a boy being a horrible and traumatic one, be able recognise true love when she saw it? Especially if true love was her only saving grace from a ancient curse that had already taken all her family before her. Taken from the balled 'Scarborough Fair', Impossible is more then just a tuneful song, it is a story of magic, heartbreak and love. But Impossible is only one way to describe the puzzling tasks Lucy must undertake to break an ancient curse that has plagued her family for generations. This is an emotional story with true love at its heart.show more
by Larissa McGrath
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