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When Hayden was a child, she lost her cat. Adults told her the cat has escaped the house and ran away, but she knew the truth. The mirror had taken her. She knew because the mirror had given her a glimpse of an alternate world and had nearly pulled her in, so she was certain the cat had suffered that fate.
Twenty years later Hayden discovers the true secret of the mirror when she is thrust into it by a mysterious villain. She learns of a world she never knew existed, and a family she never knew she had. But danger brought her here, and it followed her. And now, Hayden is on a mission to see that the threat is removed, so that she can begin her magical, meaningful new life in this enchanted world.
Character Guest Post – Meet Edna, Destiny Falls Librarian
By Elizabeth Pantley
Author of Falling into Magic, Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic 1
Good afternoon! I’m Edna, town historian and the head librarian at the Destiny Falls Library. In any location, being a librarian is a powerful job. Overseeing millions of the world’s written words is a significant responsibility. In the enchanted Destiny Falls library, my job takes things to the next level. It is as important as a sentry guarding diamonds, though my treasure is more valuable than jewels.
My daily job is like most librarians. Shelving books, aiding patrons, filing. But then I have my important, and rarely known tasks. I guard and tend all books here, and the number is infinite. Need a book on a topic? The library will provide. I also am keeper of the keys to the private book room. The library decides admittance, not everyone can enter. I’m especially happy on those days when I can enter and enjoy its splendor.
The library and I have a special bond. I’ve worked here since my first job in high school and we’ve grown close over the years. I recently discovered that the library has kept a secret from me! I was appalled to learn this, but I’ll grow to forgive the impertinence. If it weren’t for our newest citizen, Hayden Caldwell, it’s likely I would still be unaware of its existence.
I guess that’s the beauty of my job. It’s different every day, and secrets present themselves at the right moment, to the right person. And best of all. I guest to spend my days in the most glorious of places. A library.
Hayden loves libraries, too. I’d like to share a short excerpt from Falling in Magic, when she tells of the first time she visited our very special library.
EXCERPT from Falling in Magic, Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic, 1
I love libraries. The smell of the books, the hushed tones of the people, the rows of books on every imaginable topic. I spent many happy days at the library as a young child, going to the weekly book readings and playing with the hand puppets.
I remember the first day I got my own library card. I was so proud when I took out my first stack of books. One had a picture of a husky dog on the cover, I can still see it in my mind’s eye. After that, either Nana or Gran would take me once a week. We had a blue plastic basket that held about forty books. They said the library was there to be used, and we took full advantage. To this day, just walking into a library fills me with so many happy feelings.
I walked up to the building and enjoyed the sweet, typical small-town library appeal. A yellow painted building with white pillars on either side of the entry. The word Library hanging above the front door. A neatly trimmed lawn edged in flowers along the walkway. A flag flying in the breeze.
I opened the door, stepped inside, and my jaw dropped. I stepped back outside and looked at the building’s façade. Still a quaint small-town library. It even had lace curtains in the windows. I went back inside. In and out twice more, just to help my brain wrap around what I was seeing.
About the Author
Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives near Seattle and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction.
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