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Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle [Excerpt]

Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle [Excerpt]

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Will Hillary uncover the secret of the elf village in Sara-Kate’s backyard?

No fourth grader trusts Sara-Kate Connolly. Her boots are dirty, her clothes are weird, and she’s so maladjusted that the school had to hold her back a grade. But Hillary is her next-door neighbor, and can’t say no when the unusual loner invites her over to play. In Sara-Kate’s overgrown backyard, Hillary will find proof of a world of magic—the kind that can only blossom between true friends.

Among the rusted car parts and wild plants, a miniature village has sprung up. It has tiny houses made from string, sticks, and maple leaves; a well with a bottlecap for a bucket; and even a little playground with a Popsicle-stick Ferris wheel. But there’s absolutely no sign of who built this miniature world. To Sara-Kate, the answer is clear—only elves could be responsible for something so enchanted. As she and Hillary watch for their elusive new friends, they learn that friendship, like magic, springs up where you least expect it.

This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s own collection.
Will Hillary uncover the secret of the elf village in Sara-Kate’s backyard?

No fourth grader trusts Sara-Kate Connolly. Her boots are dirty, her clothes are weird, and she’s so maladjusted that the school had to hold her back a grade. But Hillary is her next-door neighbor, and can’t say no when the unusual loner invites her over to play. In Sara-Kate’s overgrown backyard, Hillary will find proof of a world of magic—the kind that can only blossom between true friends.

Among the rusted car parts and wild plants, a miniature village has sprung up. It has tiny houses made from string, sticks, and maple leaves; a well with a bottlecap for a bucket; and even a little playground with a Popsicle-stick Ferris wheel. But there’s absolutely no sign of who built this miniature world. To Sara-Kate, the answer is clear—only elves could be responsible for something so enchanted. As she and Hillary watch for their elusive new friends, they learn that friendship, like magic, springs up where you least expect it.

This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s own collection.

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Afternoon of the Elves
Janet Taylor Lisle
 
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THE AFTERNOON HILLARY FIRST
saw the elf village,she couldn’t believe her eyes.“Are you sure it isn’t mice?” she asked Sara-Kate, who stood beside her, thin and nervous. “Thehouses are small enough for mice.”“No, it isn’t,” Sara-Kate said. “Mice don’t makevillages in people’s backyards.”Hillary got down on her hands and knees to look more closely. She counted the tiny houses. Therewere nine, each made of sticks bound delicatelytogether with bits of string and wire.“And there’s a well,” she whispered, “with a bucket that winds down on a string to pull the water out.”“Not a bucket. A bottlecap!” snorted Sara-Kate,twitching her long, shaggy hair away from her face.She was eleven, two years older than Hillary, and shehad never spoken to the younger girl before. She hadhardly looked at her before.“Can I try drawing some water?” Hillary asked.Sara-Kate said, “No.”The roofs of the houses were maple leavesattached to the sticks at jaunty angles. And because itwas autumn, the leaves were lovely colors, orange-red, reddish-orange, deep yellow. Each house had asmall yard in front neatly bordered with stones thatappeared to have come from the driveway.

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