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May Bird and the Ever After: Book One
Deep in the woods of Briery Swamp, May Ellen Bird and her hairless Rex, Somber Kitty, stumble into the Ever After, where the motto is "Make the Most of Your Afterlife," and spirits, ghosts, and ghouls are afraid of the Living. Soon May Bird finds that getting back home to the other side means defeating the nefarious dictator of the underworld, Bo Cleevil. Like all good adventures, May Bird and the Ever After is packed with chills, thrills, and unlikely friends. What makes this story unique is Jodi Lynn Anderson's attention to detail, which brings the Ever After to life (so to speak) in all its musty, creepy, decaying glory.
Synopses & Reviews
Most people aren't very comfortable in the woods, but the woods of Briery Swamp fit May Bird like a fuzzy mitten. There, she is safe from school and the taunts and teases of kids who don't understand her. Hidden in the trees, May is a warrior princess, and her cat, Somber Kitty, is her brave guardian.
Then May falls into the lake.
When she crawls out, May finds herself in a world that most certainly does not feel like a fuzzy mitten. in fact, it is a place few living people have ever seen. Here towns glow blue beneath zipping stars and the people — people? — walk through walls. Here the Book of the Dead holds the answers to everything in the universe. And here, if May is discovered, the horrifying evil Bo Cleevil will turn her into nothing.
May Bird must get out.
About the Author
Jodi Lynn Anderson is the andlt;i andgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestselling author of andlt;i andgt;Peachesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;The Secrets of Peachesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Love and Peachesandlt;/iandgt;, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and an endless parade of stray pets.andlt;bandgt;Leonid Goreandlt;/bandgt; moved to the U.S. from his native Russia in 1991. He has illustrated andlt;Iandgt;The Sugar Child, The Malachite Palace, Sleeping Boy, Who Was Born This Special Day?, The Secret of the Great Houdini, The Princess Mouse,andlt;/iandgt; and, most recently, andlt;Iandgt;Saints Among the Animalsandlt;/iandgt; for Atheneum. He is also the author and illustrator of andlt;Iandgt;Danny's First Snow.andlt;/iandgt; Mr. Gore lives with his wife and daughter in Oakland, New Jersey, where monarchs are occasionally sighted.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: A Sack of Beans
Chapter Two: A Letter From Before
Chapter Three: Beyond the Endless Briers
Chapter Four: A Stranger Arrives
Chapter Five: What Lives in the Lake?
Chapter Six: The Hauntings
Chapter Seven: Light Underwater
Chapter Eight: The Beginning
Chapter Nine: A Faraway Shore
Chapter Ten: "Make the Most of Your Eternity!"
Chapter Eleven: Beehive House
Chapter Twelve: Belle Morte
Chapter Thirteen: The Undertaker
Chapter Fourteen: The Bogey Arrives
Chapter Fifteen: By the Sea
Chapter Sixteen: Dark Spirits Afoot
Chapter Seventeen: Into the Catacombs
Chapter Eighteen: A Deadly Mistake
Chapter Nineteen: The Cave Dwellers
Chapter Twenty: Nine Knaves Grotto
Chapter Twenty-one: John the Jibber
Chapter Twenty-two: Into the Outskirts
Chapter Twenty-three: The City of Ether
Chapter Twenty-four: May, Alone
Chapter Twenty-five: Beatrice and Fabbio
Chapter Twenty-six: The Eternal Edifice
Chapter Twenty-seven: The Book of the Dead
Chapter Twenty-eight: Nothingness
Chapter Twenty-nine: The Station
Chapter Thirty: The Black Shucks
Chapter Thirty-one: A Figure in the Distance
Chapter Thirty-two: The Train Headed North
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