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Under shifting glass

by Singer, Nicky, 1956-

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Andrew Carnegie Free Library Young Adult YA FIC SINGER
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA FIC SINGER
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j SIN
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  j SIN
Jess has a secret: a mysterious glass flask she finds in an heirloom desk's hidden compartment. Its surface swirls with iridescent colors, like something's inside, something almost like a song, something with a soul. No one else sees anything under the shifting glass, but Jess is convinced there must be some kind of magic in there. And when her twin brothers are born critically ill, Jess begins to believe that the force within the flask just might hold the key to saving her brothers--and her family. In this emotionally rich novel, award-winning author Nicky Singer crafts a world of possibility that is steeped in hope and the power of love.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The flask is Jess' talisman, her bellwether. Once she finds the flask in the antique desk bequeathed to her by her beloved aunt Edie, she believes it can almost stabilize her 12-year-old, out-of-control life. As long as the seed fish swim within its wavy pattern, as long as the flask's colors stay bright, her tiny, conjoined twin brothers will survive and thrive. If it turns black, resorts to howls, their existence is in peril. Jess is a sensitive child who is struggling with her place in the family since her mother and stepfather are now the parents of twins; Aunt Edie, with whom she shared a unique musical talent has died; and her best friend Zoe is branching out to boys. Through Jess, her quiet, even poetic narrator, Singer explores the ­interrelatedness the join of families, friends, life and death, Christianity and Buddism, love and hate, and the real and magical. Complicated yet serene, this novel is for a special audience of readers who understand the complexity of navigating even healthy, normal family relationships and friendships.--Bradburn, Frances Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Life's fragile nature is the underlying theme of Singer's contemplative novel about Jess, published in the U.K. in 2011 as The Flask. Jess is struggling with the recent death of her beloved great-aunt and the birth of her conjoined twin brothers, who may not survive the operation necessary for their separation. When she finds an 18th-century glass flask in which she sees a pulsating, color-changing substance, she begins to believe that the mysterious substance's movements and fluctuations are intrinsically bound with the twins' fate. As the babies' condition dips and rises over several emotionally tumultuous weeks, Jess considers frightening questions about spirituality and magic, while also facing turbulence in a lifelong friendship, the tensions of an uncomfortable relationship with her grandmother, and the discovery of a secret tragedy in her late great-aunt's life. Jess's passion for music is a foundation upon which Singer (Gem X) builds Buddhist precepts, scientific concepts, and even stepparent issues. The story flirts with fantasy, but leaves it to readers to decide if the magic of the flask is real. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Conjoined twins -- Juvenile fiction.
Antiques -- Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction.
Bereavement -- Juvenile fiction.
Conjoined twins -- Fiction.
Twins -- Fiction.
Antiques -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Publisher San Francisco :Chronicle Books,2013
Language English
Description 310 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9781452109213 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1452109214 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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