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By Ann Marie Meyers

Ever seeing that she will be able to consider, 10-year-old Melody has regularly desired to fly. while she leaps off a swing within the park someday and lands within the mystical realm of Chimeroan, her dream eventually comes real: she is given a couple of wings with which to fly. Melody is exultant; existence couldn't be any higher. goals, despite the fact that, do include a cost. inspite of wings, Melody realizes she can't out-fly the stories of her previous. the automobile coincidence that has left her father paralyzed, and her uninjured, nonetheless plagues her with guilt-she believes it was once completely her fault. In Chimeroan, Melody is pressured to return to phrases along with her half in her father's coincidence. She needs to make a choice from the 2 issues that experience turn into the realm to her: holding her wings or therapeutic her father. Interspersed with appealing illustrations, this touching novel bargains with subject matters of grief and therapeutic in an creative approach.

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Well—” The feathers on her wings rustle and he or she flushes a mild purple. “I’m uncertain. ” She’s mendacity. Her eyes are studying my chin like it’s the main attention-grabbing factor on this planet. Why might she lie? She’s alleged to advisor me; she’s imagined to inform me what i need to grasp. a child in a wheelchair bumps opposed to my leg, and that i reflect on Dad. “Can adults come to Chimeroan? ” “Of direction. ” Sara’s sigh is thick with reduction, as though she’s comfortable for the topic swap. “So, the place are the adults? ” “They’ll arrive later. ” “How approximately my father? Can he come right here, too? ” “Definitely. as soon as he has a dream he wishes along with his entire middle. ” i think as though a person stabbed me within the chest. Dad’s dream died with the coincidence. I shut my eyes so the tears don’t come. Oh, Dad, i am hoping you know. i need to do that. i need to remain right here and fly. I’ll have the ability that you can get the following, too. so that you can stroll and dance back. i attempt to photograph him smiling as he sings one among his new songs. yet all I see is how he appeared the final time I observed him. Slouched in his chair. Heartbroken. “Black hole,” I whisper. an extended tentacle extends from the darkness in my brain, very lightly envelops Dad’s waist, and pulls him away. four The Door Sara introduces me to the flier courses, yet their names zing in a single ear and out the opposite, forgotten. Their sensible wings are all i've got eyes for. They’re enchanting. A bumblebee pair lined in tiny black and yellow feathers is to die for, so is the golf green and black set with around feathers. I’m now not so convinced in regards to the uninteresting, gray pigeon wings; they’re dull. yet I can’t recover from how the yellow, rectangular pair quivers nonstop like a hummingbird. As for the magenta eagle wings, they give the impression of being robust sufficient to arrive the clouds in just a couple of, robust strokes. Sara takes my arm and turns me the wrong way. “These are your fellow Guided. Fiona, Liz, Sean, Claudine, and—” “Jackson. ” A tall brown-skinned boy supplies me a large grin. I deal with 1 / 4 smile. Then realize his hair. Dreadlocks. Which gazillions of individuals have in long island and it hasn't ever troubled me. yet Jackson’s locks seem like small, plump WORMS! My palms fly to my neck. What’s mistaken with me? I can’t move round seeing snakes or cousins of snakes everywhere. this can be loopy. Jackson lowers his head and shoves his hair inside of inches of my face. “Wanna contact? ” I bounce again. “No. ” He appears up, frowning. “Then don’t stare like that. ” The Guided burst out giggling. At me. I clench either fists. i can't get indignant. now not the following. now not with a child like Fiona who has the ugliest staff lower ever, or Claudine along with her inch-thick glasses, or Liz whose face is roofed in freckles, or— “Check these bruises. ” Sean issues at my legs and arms, a disgusting sneer on his lips. “Check these crooked teeth,” I throw correct again at him. And prior to i will be able to cease myself, I stressful my brow and move cross-eyed. Then I scrunch up my lips, suck in my cheeks and stick out my tongue. Sean’s cheeks pass from purple to light yellow. the women flip their backs on me. Bingo. The Zombie glance constantly works. Sean won't ever mess with me back.

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