GENRE: MG - Fantasy
WEATHERLY DARK is untethered from everyone in her life and prefers the company of birds, but when she discovers that KUK is separating people from their shadows, she teams up with the extraordinary HORACE CHANDILIER to stop him.
On the thirteenth day after her father disappeared in his submarine, Weatherly Dark trudged home from school, daydreaming about blackbird pie. Did it have actual birds in it, and if not, what? Licorice and chocolate? As the blustery, October-y wind shivered through her clothes, her arm warmers (which were previously leg warmers) slouched around her elbows, and she tucked them back into her vest.
Something screeched. It sounded like the wail of a dying peacock, and it went on and on. As a fan of mysteries and birds, she figured she’d investigate. She trotted down the sidewalk, and found a treehouse. Maybe a bird was stuck up there and couldn’t get down? As she hoisted herself up the rungs, the high-pitched screaming stopped.
“Nobody.” Weatherly had been expecting a bird, not a person. Her cheeks flushed.
“Um. Okay, Nobody. Go away.”
On the ladder, Weatherly checked her outfit. For some reason, she always seemed to make a bad first impression. She steeled herself. “Do you need help?”
“Um, maybe a little.”
She climbed into the treehouse, and it was like stepping into someone’s secret snowglobe. A disco ball hung in the tree and polka-dotted the room with sunshine. Gauzy curtains billowed from the branches, and a blue shag rug covered the floor. A boy sat at a sewing machine in a bow tie, paisley shirt, and plaid pants. He was deeply black, and Weatherly felt translucent next to him with her fishbelly-pale skin. He glanced at her.