New York : Joanna Cotler Books,
IL 5-8, RL 7.7
Quackenbush isn't having a very good day. Truth be told, her year
isn't going that great either. Her father has been laid off from
his job at the chicken factory and he now sits home, drinks beer and turns
mean. Her mother has become depressed and is having trouble coping
with the situation. Candy's teacher has given the class an assignment
to find out ten interesting facts about their town. There just isn't
anything Candy find interesting about Chickentown. Until she learns
about the mysterious suicide in the local hotel. When she presents
her report on the suicide of Henry Murkitt, her teacher berates her and
sends her to the principal for disciplinary action. Instead, Candy
leaves school, walks to the edge of town into a field where her life changes
forever. There she meets John Mischief and his brothers. John
was not from Chickentown -- or anywhere near there. He was an odd looking
man but above his ears, he had antlers! Hanging from the antlers
were seven heads. And each one was trying to talk at the same time.
And thus begins Candy's journey to Abarat.
Space and time -- Fiction.
Good and evil -- Fiction.
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