The Collectors

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HarperCollins, Oct 9, 2018 - Juvenile Fiction - 400 pages

2019 Schneider Family Book Award Honor Book

“Original, brave, and addictive.”—Adam Gidwitz, bestselling author of the Newbery Honor Book The Inquisitor’s Tale

Fast-paced, witty, and riveting, this contemporary fantasy adventure has magic woven through every page. The Collectors begins an enchanting two-book series from Jacqueline West, the New York Times–bestselling author of The Books of Elsewhere series. For fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak, The Isle of the Lost, and The Secret Keepers. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

Van has always been an outsider. He’s hard of hearing, collects trinkets, and lives with his single mother—an opera singer with a huge personality. Then one day, Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain, and everything changes. He follows the girl, Pebble, and uncovers an underground society full of wishes and the people who collect them. Not all wishes are good and even good wishes often have unintended consequences, and the Collectors have made it their duty to protect us. But they aren't the only ones who have their eyes on the world’s wishes—and they may not be the good guys, after all. 

 Jacqueline West spins a story about friendship, magic, and the gray area between good and evil. The Collectors is for fans of Cassie Beasley’s Circus Mirandus and Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener. Booklist calls it, “A brilliant fantasy adventure exploring the consequences of getting what you wish for.”

 

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Van likes to collect little unnoticed trinkets. He's small and usually goes unnoticed, so his hobby fits right in. Until one day, when a girl notices him- one who has a squirrel on her shoulder and ... Read full review

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Van notices things other people don't. He finds coins and all manners of things as he explores the city. He also relies on hearing aids to help him hear. When he suddenly finds he can hear a squirrel ... Read full review

Contents

Small Things
A Damp Squirrel
SuperVan
Something Dark
Petty Theft
Spy vs
Underground
The Collection
We Will Come for
Unexpected Guests
More Unexpected Guests
A New
A Change of Plan
Down to the Dark
Razor
Hot Dog with the Works Pizza

A Serious Mistake
Hair Wreaths and Even Stranger Things

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About the author (2018)

The Collectors and two novels for teenagers. Her short fiction and poetry appear in a variety of publications. She is also a classically trained singer and an actress, and she still performs with local theatre troupes. She lives with her family in Red Wing, Minnesota. www.jacquelinewest.com

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