By Stephen Messer
A high-flying fable event that might blow readers away!
Every kite Oliver touches flies instantly into the floor, making him the laughingstock of Windblowne. With the kite-flying competition in simple terms days away, Oliver tracks down his reclusive great-uncle Gilbert, a former champion. With Gilbert's support, Oliver can photo himself at the crest, launching into the winds to develop into one of many mythical fliers of Windblowne.
Then his great-uncle vanishes in the course of a conflict with mysterious assault kites—kites that appear to fly themselves! All that continues to be is his prize ownership, an easy purple kite. at the least, the kite turns out easy. whilst Oliver attempts to fly it, the kite lifts him excessive above the timber. whilst he comes down, town and all its humans have disappeared. unexpectedly the competition is the very last thing on Oliver's brain as he's catapulted right into a secret that might swap every thing he is aware approximately himself and his world.
Inspired by way of the paintings of Diana Wynne Jones, debut writer Stephen Messer offers a fable publication for girls and boys during which the gap among realities is the same as the breadth of a kite string.
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The Watchmen published Oliver, and he tumbled to the floor. “Men,” growled the captain, “if the prisoner makes another sound, gag him. ” one of many Watchmen shoved him. “Keep relocating! ” the shover ordered. Oliver craned his neck, recognizing the Volitant Dragon, outfitted excessive in its oak, similar to at domestic. yet in contrast to at domestic, he didn’t see colourful banners flapping within the breeze or excited youngsters with new handvanes working round its balconies. as a substitute, there have been boarded-up home windows, peeling paint, and doorways putting off their hinges. The wood dragon was once nonetheless swinging from its put up, however it have been painted over, approximately, in peeling brown, and browse, in crude letters: CLOSED. A Watchman shoved him ahead. “I stated preserve relocating! ” Oliver twisted. “It’s the 8th Day of the second one Moon! ” “You’re a sensible one,” the Watchman sneered. “Where’s my gag? ” the captain muttered, patting his wallet. Oliver couldn’t support himself. “What occurred to the Dragon? Why isn’t there any competition? ” “Found it! ” introduced the captain. He jammed a wad of rags into Oliver’s mouth. The Dragon quickly handed from view. “Mmph! ” Oliver acknowledged. He reached for the gag. A Watchman grabbed for him and pinned his hands. He became his head in all instructions. No kites, no competition undefined, no posters littering the streets, no bulletins of the day’s time table. the city felt unhappy and empty with out them. The Windblownians appeared unhappy and empty, too. a number of appeared interestingly at him, then moved quickly on, their heads down and their faces stricken. An extreme eager for Windblowne, his Windblowne, crammed Oliver. He needed he may possibly see his treehouse back— Which, in fact, he might. He discovered with a commence that they have been approximately there. His mom didn't have her sculptures crowding the lane—there have been no sculptures in any respect. The garden used to be transparent and neat, similar to the other garden in Windblowne. The treehouse appeared just like ever, if a section tidier. yet his mother’s workshop used to be darkish and shuttered, and a padlock held on the door. Oliver started to consider unwell. He spat the gag from his mouth. “Who lives right here? ” “You be aware of who lives here,” snapped the captain. “We heard what you advised these young children. ” He bent down for the gag, then drew his hand again in disgust. “Re-gag the prisoner,” he ordered one in all his males, who glared at Oliver. “But I—” Oliver started. The damp and now dusty gag bring to an end his protest. We needs to … I suggest, they have to now not dwell right here anymore, idea Oliver miserably. Then he observed his father. Oliver had no longer well-known him before everything. He had by no means obvious his father with no his writing magazine in hand, scribbling notes for one in every of his books. frequently he carried a sling full of different books he was once utilizing for his examine. He walked far and wide slowly, preventing each few steps to jot down, as a few notion struck him. during this global, although, Oliver’s father carried not anything. He nonetheless walked slowly, yet his head used to be bent, and his step used to be heavy. He seemed extraordinarily unhappy, and Oliver had the unexpected and extremely unforeseen urge to run to him and luxury him. Oliver attempted to dart among the Watchmen.