By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9781481415897, 224pp.)
Publication Date: September 19, 2013
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He wanders up a road he has taken away from the interstate, where he has been thumbing rides, looking for a village where he might find shelter from the unexpected August cold and rain. When a car comes along, it looks like a ride to somewhere. And that's what it proves to be. But the somewhere he finds is not the somewhere he expected. It is a place that knows him, knows the darkness inside of him; that offers food and shelter, but also confronts him with choices he does not know how to make. It probes his past, examines his possible futures, and finally pierces the wall of despair he has built around himself.
"Sang Spell" is a fantasy built on the hopes and dreams of a people who longed for a place of peace, for a way out of the dark and the rain. Some might think finding such a place to be a miracle, but not Josh. To him it is a nightmare, a prison he cannot escape. "Sang Spell" is an adventure into a place of forgotten people, the Melungeons, and into the boundaries created by the human mind.