Thirteen year-old Fair O'Nelli is tested to her extremities and answers brutality with rebellion, oppression with escape, and doubt into a trust in someone greater than herself. Narrated by Simon Vance, Booklist's Voice of Choice. School Library Journal starred review.
My high school teacher, Mrs. Collins, announced to the entire class that everyone going on to A.P. English would do very well except me. Embarrassing. Then she said it's because I had a gift for creative writing and telling stories. I wasn't sure if that was a compliment or not.
I like to write backwards. Once I've realized how the book is going to end, I know how to begin. Although Fair O'Nelli is tested to the extreme, answering brutality with rebellion, and oppression in escape, the opening lines of Chapter 1 which you see here give you an idea of what the ending might look like, if you know where to look.
A loud horn blast sounded in the distance. Fair O’Nelli awoke and opened her eyes. The two round pools of silver blue hovered in the coffin-like space, blinking.