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"Winterling" by Sarah Prineas; HarperCollins, $16.99.

The author of "The Magic Thief" series offers a thrilling new fantasy in this tale of a girl named Jennifer, or Fer, who stumbles onto a hidden passage into another world. The Way leads to a world of enchantment ruled by beautiful queen Mor, a world where pucks can transform into boys or dogs or horses, where nothing is as it seems. In her old world, Jennifer is awkward and different, bullied by schoolmates, scolded by her grandmother. But in this new world, Jennifer is able to see things others cannot and is able to use her knowledge of herbs and healing. But this new world is corrupted by evil, spring has not come, and the threat begins to spread to her home world as well.

This marvelous fantasy has page-turning suspense and a heart-stopping finale.

-- Jean Westmoore



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