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The Wide Starlight

Never whistle at the Northern Lights, the legend goes, or they'll sweep down from the sky and carry you away. Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it's true. She was there ten years ago, on a frozen fjord in Svalbard, Norway, the night her mother whistled at the lights and then vanished. Now, Eli lives an ordinary life with her dad on Cape Cod. But when the Northern Lights are visible over the Cape for just one night, she can't resist the possibility of seeing her mother again. So she whistles — and it works. Her mother appears, with snowy hair, frosty fingertips and a hazy story of where she's been all these years. And she doesn't return alone.

Along with Eli's mother's reappearance come strange, impossible things. Narwhals swimming in Cape Cod Bay, meteorites landing in Eli's yard, and three shadowy princesses with ominous messages. It's all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away. She disappears again — but this time, she leaves behind a note that will send Eli on a journey across continents, to the northern tip of the world: Find me where I left you. The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that explores parental loss through folk tales.

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"Eline’s modern-day quest in search of her mother alternates with her beloved stories and those of her mother and grandmother, all framed as fairy tales, until the boundaries blur. On her journey, Eline must contend with problems both practical — frostbite, polar bears, angst — and fantastic — storybook characters springing to life, a sentient wind — while also reconciling fond memories with the reality of Silje’s erratic behavior, flaws, and failures.... With her vividly rendered settings, emotionally complex characters, and sweet and sinister magical realism, Lesperance may be a promising successor to Alice Hoffman." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 13 and up
Author Nicole Lesperance
ISBN 0593116224
Publication Date Feb 16, 2021
Publisher Razorbill
Language English