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Chime by Franny Billingsley

Chime by Franny Billingsley

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Briony has a secret. It is a secret that killed her stepmother, ruined her sister's mind, and will end her life, if anyone were to know. She has powers. Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and a great mane of tawny hair. He is as natural as the sun, and he treats her as if she is extraordinary. And everything starts to change . . . Chime is a haunting, brilliantly written novel that will stay with you--its magic, its romance, its world like none other.
Briony has a secret. It is a secret that killed her stepmother, ruined her sister's mind, and will end her life, if anyone were to know. She has powers. Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and a great mane of tawny hair. He is as natural as the sun, and he treats her as if she is extraordinary. And everything starts to change . . . Chime is a haunting, brilliantly written novel that will stay with you--its magic, its romance, its world like none other.

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Published by: Penguin Young Readers Group on Apr 12, 2012
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The Trial
I’ve conessed to everything and I’d like to be hanged.Now, i you please.I don’t mean to be difcult, but I can’t bear to tell my story. I can’t relive those memories—the touch o the DeadHand, the smell o eel, the gulp and swallow o the swamp.How can you possibly think me innocent? Don’t let my ace ool you; it tells the worst lies. A girl can have the ace o an angel but have a horrid sort o heart.I know you believe you’re giving me a chance—or, rather,it’s the Chime Child giving me the chance. She’s desperate, o course, not to hang an innocent girl again, but please believeme: Nothing in my story will absolve me o guilt. It will only prove what I’ve already told you, which is that I’m wicked.Can’t the Chime Child take my word or it?In any event, where does she expect me to begin? Thestory o a wicked girl has no true beginning. I’d have to beginwith the day I was born.I Eldric were to tell the story, he’d likely begin with him-
 
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sel, on the day he arrived in the Swampsea. That’s whereproper stories begin, don’t they, when the handsome strangerarrives and everything goes wrong?But this isn’t a proper story, and I’m telling you, I oughtto be hanged.
 
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The Tasteof Burnt Matches
“I want to go home.” My sister turned rom the river andclosed her eyes, as though she could wish away the river,and the barge on the river, and Eldric on the barge. But liedoesn’t work that way, more’s the pity.“We can’t leave now,” said Father. “It would hurt Eldric’seelings, don’t you see?”But Rose didn’t see. She never saw, not about eelings. “Iwant to go home.” Villagers thronged the riverside, but they gave us plenty o room. I’d orgotten that, orgotten how they let a cushiono air around the clergyman and his porcelain daughters. We’dalways be outsiders, even though Father’s spent twenty yearsin the Swampsea, and Rose and I have spent seventeen. We’venever been anywhere else.“One hundred and eighty-three steps until home,” saidRose.

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It must be said that the first chapter is rather weak. I've often heard it said that books improve in later chapters, but that's no reason not to improve one. The goal of the first chapter is to provide the reader with a hook, and chapter one of Chime just doesn't do that for me. Rather than a narrative, it's a page and a half of the main character rambling.
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Awesome! Looking forward to the whole book!!
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s***...I'm hooked! What horrid timing! It's term paper week!!!! <3
Jahnel Jackson added this note
I don't understand whats going on, you started off the book good but then it started to get boring so i skipped a couple or a lot of pages than when i came to the last paragraph at the end it really makes me want to read more but the rest of the pages in the middle are BORING! no offense.

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