Down Among the Sticks and Bones

Down Among the Sticks and Bones

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"Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children ... Jacqueline was her mother's perfect daughter--polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it's because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father's perfect daughter--adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got. They were five when they learned that grown-ups can't be trusted. They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices."-- Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: ©2017.
New York, NY :, Tom Doherty Associates,, [2017].
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9780765396105
9780765392039
Characteristics: 187 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Down among the sticks & bones.
Summary: "Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children ... Jacqueline was her mother's perfect daughter--polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it's because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father's perfect daughter--adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got. They were five when they learned that grown-ups can't be trusted. They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices."-- Dust jacket flap.

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pinky0203
Sep 03, 2017

I really enjoyed this prequel to the first book. I hope there will be more, detailing the back stories of the characters first introduced in Every Heart A Doorway. This has just the right amount of creepiness without being overpowering. Definately not your average Fairy Tale story. Seanan McGuire is easily becoming one of my favourite authors. Almost every one that I've read have left me wanting more. Job very well done.

AL_LAURA Jul 30, 2017

The 2nd Novella in the Wayward Children Series. Definitely a series worth picking up for anyone who wishes they could travel through doors to where they belong.

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shayshortt
Jul 19, 2017

Every Heart a Doorway was a fan favourite last year, and went on to win the Nebula Award for Best Novella. I’ve seen very few complaints about it, but I do remember some laments about the fact that it was not in fact a portal fantasy, but rather the aftermath of one. Down Among the Sticks and Bones scratches that itch, while also further developing Jack and Jill’s backstory, and how they got to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Getting a better look at their family background is particularly enlightening, and indeed proves to be a main theme of the novella.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/07/18/down-among-the-sticks-and-bones/

kirstd31 Jul 10, 2017

I loved this book. Its the perfect creepy adventure! I only wish we had it on the teen shelves instead.

LPL_KateG May 03, 2017

I happened to read this BEFORE the first one (Every Heart a Doorway) and it works very well as a prequel or a sequel, depending on what camp you're in. I really loved how McGuire eased me into the spooky weird world, so if you've been waiting to read Every Heart..., start here first!

JCLGreggW Mar 23, 2017

This prequel to McGuire's EVERY HEART A DOORWAY is a brilliant fairly tale set askew about twin sisters, Jacqueline and Jillian, who are sucked into another world where both go very opposite directions but are still connected. Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman or Charlie Jane Anders.

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Eithelen
Jul 29, 2017

...and "yet" is such a powerful, unforgiving word that there is no questioning its truth, and no hiding from its promise.

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Eithelen
Jul 29, 2017

People who knew Chester and Serena Wolcott socially would have placed money on the idea that the couple would never choose to have children.

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shayshortt
Jul 19, 2017

It can be easy, when looking at children from the outside, to believe that they are things, dolls designed and programmed by their parents to behave in one manner, following one set of rules. It can be easy, when standing on the shores of adulthood, not to remember that every adult was once a child, with ideas and ambitions of their own.

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shayshortt
Jul 19, 2017

Some adventures require nothing more than a willing heart and the ability to trip over the cracks in the world.

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shayshortt
Jul 19, 2017

Once upon a time, twins Jacqueline and Jillian Wolcott opened a trunk in their attic, and found an impossible staircase that led down, down, down, to a magical world called The Moors. A world where Jack didn’t have to be the perfect girly girl for her mother, and Jill didn’t have to be the sports-loving tomboy standing in for an absent son. But still a world where they would have to be polar opposites in a different way, choosing between The Master and Dr. Bleak, the vampire, and the mad scientist. If they still have one thing in common, it is that they want to stay on the Moors forever. But we all know that doorways come calling when you least expect them.

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