By Isobelle Carmody

Are Alyzon’s new skills a blessing . . . or a curse?Alyzon Whitestarr does not take after her musically gifted father or her nocturnal, creative mom. in reality, she’s the main general member of a truly eccentric relatives . . . until eventually the day that an coincidence leaves her extra certain than she ever may have dreamed. all at once colours are extra vivid to Alyzon; her reminiscence is ideal; yet strangest of all is Alyzon’s experience of odor. Her ally smells of a comforting sea breeze. She registers her father’s contentment because the candy smell of caramelized sugar. yet why does the cutest man in class scent so rancid? With Alyzon’s extrasensory belief comes intrigue and threat, as she turns into conscious of the darkish secrets and techniques and hidden objectives that threaten her relatives. in spite of everything, being various will be much less of a blessing than a curse. . . .

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Serenity’s bed was empty, and my clock said it was just after nine. I got up and went downstairs. Da was washing the dishes and talking, with the phone cradled between his head and shoulder. “Two vans would be better,” he said. He hadn’t yet noticed me, so I allowed myself to focus warily on him. I smelled his coffee smell and also the smell of molasses and new rope. I could also smell the real smells he was giving off: sweat from his morning run and dishwashing detergent. I reached out and got an apple from the fruit bowl in case I needed a distracter, and I jumped when Da suddenly gave a great burst of laughter.

The attention of these young people, like that of the man and the older woman, was focused on the pregnant woman. As they drew nearer the strange group, the woman with the sunglasses noticed that the man in the jeans was extraordinarily good-looking. When he turned to smile at the newcomers, she felt the charm of the smile and responded. It was not until they had come to the end of the path that they saw there was yet another girl curled under a bush at the rim of the beach. She was biting her nails.

She returned with a steaming mug of liquid. “All the comforts of home,” said the man. “It’s herbal medicine for her,” she said, nodding toward the pregnant woman. ” The couple turned to stare openly at the pregnant woman. She had come into the shallows, and the man was now positioned behind her, supporting her back with his chest. The watching couple suddenly understood. What was about to take place was both extraordinary and utterly common place: a woman was about to give birth. At any given moment there must be millions of them in the world.

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