By Adam Gidwitz

Take warning ahead!

If you dare, sign up for Jack and Jill as they embark on a harrowing quest via a brand new set of stories from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and others. keep on with alongside as they input startling new landscapes that can (or won't) be frightening, bloody, terrifying, and altogether real during this hair-raising spouse to Adam Gidwitz’s broadly acclaimed, award-winning debut, A story darkish & Grimm.
 
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And her mom held her. yet no longer tightly. finally, Jill pulled again. Her mom appeared a bit of disgusted. “Darling . . . ” she begun. “What’s occurred to you . . . ? ” “Well,” acknowledged Jill, “it’s an extended tale. It starts off with a beanstalk. No, it begins with a frog, who can—” But her mom minimize her off. “No,” acknowledged her mom. “I suggest, what’s occurred on your dermis, darling? ” Jill felt like she have been punched within the intestine. She took a step again. She checked out the ground. She acknowledged, “Sorry, Mommy. I’ll pass wash. ” So Jill acquired washed up as top she may possibly, placed ointment on her blisters, wear all of the right outfits, and went again to her lifestyles because it were before—sitting by means of her mother’s facet because the queen reapplied make-up or fussed together with her hair. however it didn’t suppose correct. every now and then, she could inform her mom how appealing she regarded. And her mom might blush and deny it and smile, simply as she constantly had. yet now, this ritual reminded Jill of goblins and a throne and silken bonds. in the future, her mom was once checking out new colours of eye shadow, and Jill used to be bored. She stared out the window, remembering that fateful day with the beggar. Then, without notice, around the sq., she espied 3 darkish types. Her middle stuck. Birds, she discovered. They have been black birds, casting lengthy shadows on a windowsill. probably ravens. She smiled to imagine that, possibly, they knew the long run . . . without warning, Jill used to be reminded of anything the ravens had stated to her. for those who now not search your mirrored image in others’ eyes . . . She considered the Others’ faded eyes. Then she considered her mom. At that very immediate, the queen appeared up at her. “Darling, will you cross placed a few extra make-up on? Your blisters are commencing to express back. ” Jill felt the established twisting in her abdominal that she was once back growing to be used to dwelling at domestic. yet she swallowed it down. She took a deep breath. She attempted a brand new procedure. “It’s simply the 2 folks the following, Mommy. and that i don’t relatively care approximately my dermis. ” “Well, I do! It seems to be dreadful! You glance dreadful! ” And the queen went again to checking out eye shadow. Jill stared at her attractive mom. after which, very slowly, she reached for a heavy silver hairbrush that sat on a facet desk. The queen was once too busy admiring a brand new coloration of blue to note. Nor did she detect Jill pull the comb again in the back of her head. yet she definitely did realize the comb crash into the massive silver reflect and ship it shivering, shattering, right into a million items. “I DON’T CARE! ” Jill screamed. Jill’s mom circled, mouth agape, eyes as broad as moons. An anger and a damage so deep, so previous, exploded from the little woman. “I DON’T CARE WHAT you think that! I DON’T CARE! You stare in that reflect all day lengthy and also you don’t even see! You don’t even see! ” And then Jill spun and ran. The queen used to be frozen. finally, she shook herself, stood, and moved quickly to her chamber door. She regarded down the corridor. Empty. She appeared again in her room. Her reflect was once shattered. And but, in that second, the queen used to be now not all in favour of the replicate. certainly not.

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