The GameBook - 2007
Hayley's parents disappeared when she was a baby. Since then, she has been raised and homeschooled by her grandparents. Grandad is overworked and travels a lot; Grandma is much too strict and never lets her meet any children her own age. When Hayley does something wrong--she is not quite sure what--they pack her off to her aunts in Ireland. To Hayley's shock, her family is much bigger than she thought; to her delight, the children all play what they call "the game," where they visit a place called "the mythosphere." And while she plays the game, Hayley learns more about her own place in the world than she had ever expected. This original novella by Diana Wynne Jones is sharply funny, fast-paced, and surprising until its very end--like all of this acclaimed author's work.
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"Bad luck," James said unsympathetically. "You're lucky-I've got to get through a dirty great thorn hedge, and I don't even know what a spindle looks like! What happens if I wake Sleeping Beauty up?" he asked Harmony....(Harmony) "Why, you get married and live happily ever after, James my sweetheart," she said.
James arrived just then, waving what looked like a spike with threads of silk streaming off one end. "Is this it?" he asked Harmony. "It was on her spinning wheel. But it was a real closie. She sort of half woke up and said 'Kiss me!' and I just ran!"
(Harmony) "Yes, the drinking horn truly was used by Beowulf. That can go in the cabinet and so can this One Ring. No, don't put it on, you fool! It's dangerous!"
(Flute) "The mythosphere is not an entirely happy place."
"But it looks so beautiful!" Hayley protested.
Flute laughed a little. "Beauty isn't made of sugar," he said.
Civilization, when they came to it, was in the form of neat streets of harsh grey houses, looking quite small under a huge brown shoulder of mountain. Each house had different sharp corners and precisely spiked roofs, which seemed to say, We are _civilized_, we are _respectable_. Take no notice of this mountain.
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