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© 2010 Jennifer Finney Boylan

I. A Hole in the Ice

Falcon Quinn,  thirteen years old, struggled toward the bus stop through the blinding snowstorm, carrying his tuba.  He’d already begun to lose some of the sensation in his fingers and his toes, and the howling, gusting wind seemed, at times,  as if it might blow his flesh right off his bones. It was a sharp, frostbitten morning in Cold River, Maine:  March 21st, the first day of spring.

But it didn’t feel like spring.

Falcon climbed upward, step after icy step, until he finally reached the icy crest of the hill and put down his tuba case and his school backpack.  Megan Crofton was already standing at the bus stop, her flute tucked under one arm.   Flakes of wet snow gathered in her long black hair.

“Hey Megan,” said Falcon.

Megan sighed, but did not look at Falcon.  Instead she gazed toward the old cemetery across the street.

As boneyards go, this was a small one,  really not much more than a clearing in an untamed forest of white pines. Some of the graves were decorated with American flags, marking the final resting spots of soldiers from the Revolutionary War.  Also among the dead were Megan’s twin sisters, Dahlia and Maeve.  A statue of a white-robed angel stood above the Crofton girls’ headstones, its face cast downward.  The angel’s head was covered in fallen snow.

There was a grinding sound, and  Falcon looked back to see…

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  • Falcon Quinn is a new series from HarperCollins books about a young man who finds himself turning into a monster. Falcon and his friends find themselves taken to the Academy for Monsters, where they're taught how to imitate human beings, and thus survive in the world. Raising the question: What's the right thing to do-- to imitate something you're not, in order to survive? Or to embrace your true self, if your true self is, say, a zombie?

    The series is written by national bestselling author Jennifer Finney Boylan, and the artwork is by legendary book illustrator Brandon Dorman.