By Stephen Messer

A high-flying myth experience that would blow readers away!

Every kite Oliver touches flies immediately into the floor, making him the laughingstock of Windblowne. With the kite-flying competition in basic terms days away, Oliver tracks down his reclusive great-uncle Gilbert, a former champion. With Gilbert's aid, Oliver can photo himself at the crest, launching into the winds to turn into one of many mythical fliers of Windblowne.

Then his great-uncle vanishes in the course of a conflict with mysterious assault kites—kites that appear to fly themselves! All that continues to be is his prize ownership, an easy red kite. at the very least, the kite turns out uncomplicated. while Oliver attempts to fly it, the kite lifts him excessive above the timber. whilst he comes down, town and all its humans have disappeared. all of sudden the pageant is the very last thing on Oliver's brain as he's catapulted right into a secret that might switch every little thing he knows approximately himself and his world.

Inspired by way of the paintings of Diana Wynne Jones, debut writer Stephen Messer supplies a myth e-book for girls and boys during which the gap among realities is the same as the breadth of a kite string.

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Oliver whispered nervously. Had she fallen? “Hurry up! ” Ilia’s voice snapped from above. “I can see them coming! ” Then Oliver observed it—the slightest holiday within the tangle, simply to his correct. He climbed over and up, speedy as he may, and clambered via a cleverly hid trapdoor and right into a small, comfortable treehouse. Ilia used to be peering right into a miniature brass telescope that pointed via a tiny window. “Who’s coming? ” Oliver wheezed, completely satisfied to suppose a pretty good ground underneath him. “The hunters? ” “No,” stated Ilia.

Why, yes,” he stated, shocked. “How have you learnt approximately that? ” “Oh, I’ve realized a specific thing or the previous few days,” stated Oliver smugly. “Perhaps you have,” Great-uncle Gilbert stated. “Yes, in my proficient palms, the kite may be repaired with a spar from its domestic oak. yet you notice, remarkable as those bushes are, they're too small to model spars of appropriate size. ” He started out back in a swirl of pink gown, leaving Oliver in a cloud of dirt. Coughing, Oliver reached for his pack. “Wait! ” he shouted.

For the remainder of the day, Great-uncle Gilbert labored on his security, and Oliver helped him, or not less than attempted to. His great-uncle believed the hunters might be fought utilizing a method of nets and catapults, which he had constituted of to be had fabrics. Oliver really doubted this. He attempted to assist besides, yet by no means having been convenient with instruments, he saved making errors. He had the impact that his great-uncle concept he used to be getting into the best way greater than supporting, yet a minimum of he was once being nicer approximately it.

He knew this sound. A windburst used to be coming, and an incredible one. sooner than he felt it, he might see it, as oaks within the distance started to thrash wildly, sending up clouds of leaves to hitch the wave. Oliver braced for effect because the wave hit. He threw up his arms to guard his face while the leaf-cloud enveloped him, dashing prior. The winds pummeled and fought, and he fought again, pushing with all of his energy. step-by-step, he battled ahead. He risked a look again. The red kite, buffeted through the winds, was once drifting seriously up the trail.

And what’s more—” “Oh, do close up,” acknowledged Lord Gilbert. “Having of you round is two times as stressful. ” He shoved the microscope apart. “A disgrace I couldn’t strength an evidence from the outdated idiot sooner than I banished him to that hell-world. without doubt a couple of weeks of discomfort will convince him. …” His eyes fell on Oliver’s arm. “Ah! ” he acknowledged brightly. “More of his craftsmanship! ” “Hey! ” stated Oliver, backing away. yet Lord Gilbert yanked Great-uncle Gilbert’s appealing handvane from Oliver’s forearm, wrenching his wrist within the method.

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