Down Among the Sticks and Bones

Down Among the Sticks and Bones

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Winner: 2018 Alex Award
Winner: 2018 ALA RUSA Fantasy Award

Seanan McGuire returns to her popular Wayward Children series with Down Among the Sticks and Bones-- a truly standalone story suitable for adult and young adult readers of urban fantasy, and the follow-up to the Alex, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning, World Fantasy Award finalist, Tiptree Honor List book Every Heart a Doorway

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.

This is the story of what happened first...

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 .

The Wayward Children Series
Book 1: Every Heart a Doorway
Book 2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Book 3: Beneath the Sugar Sky
Book 4: In an Absent Dream

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2017
ISBN: 9780765392046
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Aug 06, 2018

Seanan McGuire is a gift for those of us who love dark fantasy with just a touch of realism. For a series whose books are short, the characters stick with you and get into your head. I've read this one and "Every Heart a Doorway" and I devoured both in one sitting because I was enthralled.

SCL_Justin Mar 01, 2018

On the advice of a colleague I read Down Among the Sticks and Bones before Every Heart a Doorway (the book it's prequel to). I enjoyed the story's take on parenting and expectations and the way that people aren't made to be just one thing. We are diverse and contradictory and contain multitudes. I think it was a good length, especially since there are other books in the series. It didn't need any padding and the relative sparseness let us focus on the characters actually here.

Oct 16, 2017

Well a helluva lot better than the first book, for starters. For a short novella, the characters and the world building was done well, but hard to tell if it's because I read the first book or no. In any case, I was a fan of Jack and Jill in the first book, and having them as the main characters in this one, definitely did not disappoint. Phew.

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.

ArapahoeLaura 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.

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.

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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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Mar 15, 2018

"I think the rules were different there. It was all about science, but the science was magical. It didn’t care about whether something could be done. It was about whether it should be done, and the answer was always, always yes."

Mar 15, 2018

"Jacqueline and Jillian, who were crying for some of the many reasons that babies cry—they were cold, they were distressed, they were offended by the existence of gravity—continued to wail."

Mar 15, 2018

"I could give you children,” said Jack, sounding faintly affronted. “You’d have to tell me how many heads you wanted them to have, and what species you’d like them to be, but what’s the point of having all these graveyards if I can’t give you children when you ask for them?"

Jul 29, 2017

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

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.

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.

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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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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