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Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 Hope Chest
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'A steamer trunk and a baby girl are found with a note attached to her blanket, "Alice May Susan, born on the Summer Solstice, 1921. Look after her and she'll look after you." The Hopkins family adopts Alice, storing the trunk in the attic - Alice only succeeds in opening it on her 16th birthday. It contains a rifle, pistols, ammunition, a white dress, and a star badge that shines when she touches it' (J. A. Kaszuba Locke, A blending of the wild west with the rise of a Hitler-like demagogue.

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    y separately published work icon Firebirds : An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction Penguin , 2003 Z1118385 2003 anthology short story young adult fantasy science fiction

    'Firebirds is more than simply an anthology – it is a celebration of wonderful writing. It gathers together sixteen original stories by some of today's finest writers of fantasy and science fiction. Together, they have won virtually every major prize – from the National Book Award to the World Fantasy Award to the Newbery Medal – and have made best-seller lists worldwide. These authors, including Lloyd Alexander (The Chronicles of Prydain), Diana Wynne Jones (The Merlin Conspiracy), Garth Nix (The Abhorsen Trilogy), Patricia A. McKillip (Ombria in Shadow), Meredith Ann Pierce (The Darkangel Trilogy), and Nancy Farmer (The House of the Scorpion), each with his or her own inimitable style, tell stories that will entertain, provoke, startle, amuse, and resonate long after the last page has been turned' (publisher blurb).

    Penguin , 2003
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    y separately published work icon Across the Wall : A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories Across the Wall : Tales of the Old Kingdom and Elsewhere Garth Nix , New York (City) : EOS , 2005 Z1204749 2005 selected work short story novella fantasy young adult

    'Nicholas Sayre will do anything to get across the Wall. Thoughts of Lirael and Sam haunt his dreams, and he has come to realize that his destiny lies with them, in the Old Kingdom. But here in Ancelstierre, Nick faces an obstacle that is not entirely human, with a strange power that seems to come from Nicholas himself.

    With "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case," Garth Nix continues to explore the magical world of the Abhorsen Trilogy. In additional short stories that range from two widely different takes on the Merlin myth to a gritty urban version of Hansel and Gretel and a heartbreaking story of children and war, Garth Nix displays the range and versatility that has made him one of today's leading writers of fantasy for readers of all ages' (Amazon).

    New York (City) : EOS , 2005
    pg. 305-348
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