Imagine living in a world with witches and wizards, with mysterious spells and bubbling potions that can grant you powers such as flight and invisibility and a very long life. This is the fabulous world that the young wizard Zoran lives in. Despite all its wonders, however, Zoran’s world lacks one of the most wonderful things in the world: colors. The entire earth is dull, colorless, translucent, and everything has a glassy look to it.
Paths to the Stars is a collection of short stories by Edward Willett. The stories take place in the future, in space. They are fantastical stories about worlds beyond our own. This collection consists of multiple short stories of science fiction and adventure. Read as Edward Willett masterfully crafts short tales of adventure and exploration.
Audrey Grey's Shadow Rise is the story of a girl named Maia Greystone. She is the strong main character though she has her downfalls and shortcomings. The book starts with her remembering the bombing from the previous book. She is being tortured by the Archduchess and plans to escape. When she does, she finds herself in the hands of the rebels, who she thought were her friends.
Alberto is a lonely old man living in the town of Allora as the town’s only coffin maker. He is given the bodies of Allora’s dead so that he can build them their coffins and place them into their graves. One day, a bird Alberto has never seen before flutters into his home. This bird is soon followed by Tito – a lonely little boy whose existence was never known to Alberto. Alberto finds Tito to be great company, but no matter what, Alberto cannot get Tito to open up to him. Tito is scared and very cautious, but of what? Alberto is not sure.
This book is about a girl named Ivy Lovely. She starts out as a scaldrony maid in a castle surrounded by slurry fields that hide magic. Ivy doesn't know she has magic until she's kicked out of the castle and then receives an invitation to Ivy Hall, a prestigious magic academy. On her first day, she meets a friend and has some very interesting classes, all while trying to figure out the mysteries at the school. All her adventures lead up to a very magical ending.
This is an adventurous story that centers on the life of Timothy Patrick Horrigan, who is a chipmunk. Timothy, who is unnamed at this point, is chased out of his home in the dead of the night by a fire and finds shelter in the wood pile outside of house that is home to Vietnam veteran Mikey Horrigan. Mikey takes and comforts Timothy as well as gives him his name. Timothy grows fond of his new home and roommates who are mice.
This short story is about the lesson of endurance, despite our imperfections. Written in a first person perspective, the author tells a little bit about himself, along with an experience in his life he hopes others will learn from. The lesson? We win some and we lose some, but we can’t let our failures define us. Those who fail will be led to success. For the author, Jimmy Carter played a role in helping him realize this himself.