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By William Sleator

Eighteen-year-old Sam has regularly been jealous of his more youthful brother, Humphrey, the recognized "wonder child" pianist. yet now that Humphrey is fifteen, the one-time baby prodigy isn't in a position to get any further bookings. Sam's mom refuses to simply accept that Humphrey's profession is over and devises a scheme to recapture his popularity: Sam will compose "new works" via a protracted lifeless gypsy composer, and they'll inform the area that the composer is dictating the song to Humphrey from the grave. The scheme is a wild success--until a few ghostly occurrences persuade Sam that the spirit of the useless composer has really taken over Humphrey's palms. Have Sam and his family members unleashed a strength from past the grave?

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Science fiction. 2. Imaginary creatures—Fiction. 3. Princes—Fiction. 4. War—Fiction. 5. ] I. Thompson, Keith, 1982– ill. II. Title. W5197Beh 2010 [Fic]—dc22 2010009755 ISBN 978-1-4424-0957-6 (eBook) To Justine: nine years, seventeen novels, and counting Alek raised his sword. ” Deryn hefted her own weapon, studying Alek’s pose. His feet were splayed at right angles, his left arm sticking out behind like the handle of a teacup. His fencing armor made him look like a walking quilt. Even with his sword pointed straight at her, he looked barking silly.

I. Thompson, Keith, 1982– ill. II. Title. W5197Beh 2010 [Fic]—dc22 2010009755 ISBN 978-1-4424-0957-6 (eBook) To Justine: nine years, seventeen novels, and counting Alek raised his sword. ” Deryn hefted her own weapon, studying Alek’s pose. His feet were splayed at right angles, his left arm sticking out behind like the handle of a teacup. His fencing armor made him look like a walking quilt. Even with his sword pointed straight at her, he looked barking silly. ” she asked. ” “A proper idiot, more like,” Deryn muttered, wishing again that her first lesson were someplace less public.

If raw electriks flowed across the airship’s skin, even the tiniest hydrogen leak could burst into flame. ” “The ones I’ve seen could hardly shoot across a room,” Klopp said. “They only tickled your fingers or made your hair stand on end. ” Alek turned to Mr. Hirst, who was watching their conversation with an air of disinterest, and said in English, “We have to come about! ” Mr. Hirst raised an eyebrow. ” “Yes! Klopp has worked with the German land forces. ” Alek sighed. ” The chief engineer peered down at the Goeben.

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