Synopses & Reviews
Jess has a secret: a mysterious glass flask she finds in an heirloom desk's hidden compartment. Its surface swirls with iridescent colors, like something's inside, something almost like a song, something with a soul. No one else sees anything under the shifting glass, but Jess is convinced there must be some kind of magic in there. And when her twin brothers are born critically ill, Jess begins to believe that the force within the flask just might hold the key to saving her brothers—and her family. In this emotionally rich novel, award-winning author Nicky Singer crafts a world of possibility steeped in hope and the power of love.
"Life's fragile nature is the underlying theme of Singer's contemplative novel about Jess, published in the U.K. in 2011 as The Flask. Jess is struggling with the recent death of her beloved great-aunt and the birth of her conjoined twin brothers, who may not survive the operation necessary for their separation. When she finds an 18th-century glass flask in which she sees a pulsating, color-changing substance, she begins to believe that the mysterious substance's movements and fluctuations are intrinsically bound with the twins' fate. As the babies' condition dips and rises over several emotionally tumultuous weeks, Jess considers frightening questions about spirituality and magic, while also facing turbulence in a lifelong friendship, the tensions of an uncomfortable relationship with her grandmother, and the discovery of a secret tragedy in her late great-aunt's life. Jess's passion for music is a foundation upon which Singer (Gem X) builds Buddhist precepts, scientific concepts, and even stepparent issues. The story flirts with fantasy, but leaves it to readers to decide if the magic of the flask is real. Ages 12 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A thoughtful piece about birth, death and everything in between." - Kirkus Reviews
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Will fill readers with compassion and hope." - VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates
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About the Author
Nicky Singer is the acclaimed author of six books for children including Feather Boy, which won the Blue Peter Award in the U.K. She lives with her family in Brighton, England.