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Title:
The Silver Gate
Author:
Bailey, Kristin, author.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]

©2017
Physical Description:
311 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Elric and his mother secretly care for his mentally disabled sister, Wynn, whom the villagers consider a changeling, until their father threatens to sell her, so they flee into the forest, even though Elric does not share her belief in magic.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062398574
Format :
Book

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In shepherd boy Elric's tiny village, people think children like his younger sister, Wynn, are changelings--left by fairies and doomed to curse all around them. As a baby, Wynn was born with developmental delays, and according to the rules, she was supposed to be abandoned in the woods.

Instead Elric's mother saved his sister and hid her away for eleven years. They live in secret and fear of being discovered, yet their home is full of love, laughter, and singing. Wynn and Elric's favorite song is about the Silver Gate, a beautiful fairy realm where all children are welcome.

But when their long-absent father returns to sell Wynn to the Lord's castle as a maid, Elric realizes that folk songs and fantasies can't protect them from the outside world. They have to run away. Still Wynn believes there's only one place they'll ever be safe, and it lies beyond the Silver Gate.

The road to freedom is long and treacherous. If they have any hope for survival, Elric and Wynn must learn to depend on each other above everything else--and discover the magic that always reveals itself when it seems like all is lost.


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Booklist Review

Elric's younger sister, Wynn, is different from other people in his feudal village. She is a family secret, living out in the woods with his mother so people won't call her changeling or harm her, while Elric stays with his father in town. When their mother dies and their father sells Wynn into the lowest rung of service in the castle, Elric knows he has to save her. But Wynn has talents of her own, and perhaps she and her idol, the Fairy Queen, will yet save Elric instead. Bailey has created a charming story of a child with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome and a loving sibling who nevertheless takes a while to recognize his disabled sister's abilities. Commingled with this is an at-times thrilling plotline about an arduous journey to find a new home, a quirky pet chicken, and how faith and hope can create miracles in this case, a meeting with the mythical Fairy Queen. An author's note speaks to Bailey's genuine concerns about accurately characterizing someone with the condition.--Welch, Cindy Copyright 2016 Booklist