About the books


In the land of Story, children go to school to learn to be characters: a perfect Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They take classes on Outdoor Experiential Questing and Backstory, while adults search for full-time character work in stories written just for them.  

In our world, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild has always felt invisible. But all that changes when she stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, opens the cover, and suddenly finds herself transported to the magical land of Story.  

But Story is not a perfect fairy tale. Una’s new friend Peter warns her about the grave danger she could face if anyone discovers her true identity. The devious Tale Keeper watches her every move. And there are whispers of a deadly secret that seems to revolve around Una herself….  

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Long ago, a King ruled the land of Story.... 

During his reign, Heroes, Villains, and characters of all kinds lived out Tales filled with daring quests and epic struggles. Then the King disappeared, and over the years nearly everyone forgot that he had ever existed. Now an evil Enemy has emerged, determined to write a new future for Story. And an ordinary girl from our world named Una Fairchild must find a way to defeat him.   

Una and her friends Indy and Peter set off on a quest for answers, facing warlocks, beasts, and enchantments at every turn. But Una soon discovers that the real key lies in her own mysterious ties to Story’s past—and to the long-forgotten King who may be their only hope for survival.

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Può un libro regalarti un viaggio nel mondo della fantasia, dove tu sei l’unica protagonista e puoi scriverne la storia?  

Entra nel meraviglioso mondo di Una Fairchild tra mille pericoli e tante avventure... Nel paese di Story, i ragazzi vanno a scuola per imparare a diventare personaggi: l’Eroe perfetto, il fedele Aiutante, oppure il peggiore dei Cattivi. Fanno lezione su Ricerca Sperimentale all’Aperto, mentre gli adulti cercano lavori come personaggi in storie scritte proprio per loro. La dodicenne Una Fairchild si è sempre sentita invisibile. Ma tutto cambia quando incappa in un libro misterioso, seppellito nello scantinato della biblioteca scolastica, apre la copertina e improvvisamente si ritrova nella magica terra di Story. Ma la Storia non è una fiaba perfetta. Peter, il nuovo amico di Una, la mette in guardia contro il pericolo che potrebbe affrontare se qualcuno scoprisse la sua vera identità. L’ambiguo Custode delle Storie controlla ogni sua mossa. E si bisbiglia di un terribile segreto al quale forse lei appartiene...

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Wren Matthews thought she’d outgrown nursery rhymes a long time ago. But that was before she knew that songs of twinkling little stars and four-and-twenty blackbirds were the key to an ancient, hidden magic.

Wren’s discovery catapults her into a world of buried secrets, strange dreams, and a mountain fortress under an aurora-filled sky. But just as she starts to master her unique abilities, her new world begins to crumble around her . . . and only she can save it.

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The Land of Nod used to be just a name in a nursery rhyme to Wren. But when she discovered the secret magic of stardust, she learned that some of those rhymes had secrets of their own—and the Land of Nod is real.

A few months ago, the evil Magician Boggen attempted to escape his exile on Nod and return to Earth. Wren stopped him, but Boggen is still out there. To save her world, Wren will travel farther than even she could have dreamed: to the heart of Nod itself, where she must defeat Boggen once and for all.

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Christa is a holiday junkie. What's not to love? There's decorations! Exchanging gifts! Caroling and hot cocoa! The spirit of hope!  

But thanks to her parent's recent separation, Christa's favorite time of year is now filled with heartache. And when her mom announces that she is taking her on a trip to Europe over winter vacation, Christa knows she should be excited.  

She just can't imagine spending the yuletide season away from home - and without her dad.  

However, waiting at her hotel in Italy is a special package from her father: the first of twelve dares that take Christa to landmarks in three beautiful countries, and introduce her to people who will show her that hope is still alive in the strangest of places.  

Funny, genuine, and feel-good to the core, 12 Dares of Christa is Marissa Burt's fifth novel.

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