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To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford
My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson
Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey
The Pawful Truth by Miranda James
See You On a Starry Night by Lisa Schroeder
Six Cats a Slayin' by Miranda James and Erin Bennett
Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner
Sun and Moon Have a Tea Party by Yumi Heo
These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
This is Edinburgh by Miroslav Sasek
The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas
Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson
Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear and Esme Shapiro (Illustrations)
You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh
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The 13 Clocks: 08/23/20

The 13 Clocks

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber is a short fantasy, either a short story or a children's book or maybe an art piece. Incognito, a terrible duke has been keeping his daughter prisoner and preventing anyone from marrying her through a series of impossible tasks. So obsessed with keeping things as they are that time has basically stopped in his duchy.

It reminds me of the set up to first season Once Upon a Time but with the genders swapped between parent and child. With most stories like this, there will be that one person — that one hero or suitor, etc. — who can find the loophole to beat the challenges.

In this case, our hero has help in the form of the Golux. Like Mr. Gold, the Golux cheats. Or maybe bends things to near breaking is a better way of putting it. And there is of course everything having price or a consequence.

The 2008 edition I read has beautiful and sometimes surreal illustrations by Marc Simont. They are worked into the text and are frankly the most memorable part of the reading experience.

Three stars

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