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Faustian twist



Candlewick Press invited me to a lovely breakfast at BEA a few months ago (thanks Sharon and Jenny) with the dynamic duo authors of ANOTHER FAUST, Daniel and Dina Nayeri. The two were incredibly entertaining at an hour when most of the BEA attendees were still asleep. Though it took me a while to get around to reading, I found time this morning as Scout was happily doing his morning patrol.

Five children are all taken from their families. As teens they make a grand entrance at an exclusive New York party along with their "governess" Madame Vileroy. Valentin, Christian, Victoria, Bice and Belle all possess unique gifts, gifts they may have because of a deal made with the devil. ANOTHER FAUST asks, "what would you sell your soul for?" How far will these teens go to accomplish all they want in life? Does it matter that they have extra help? Is there any redemption? These are some of the intriguing questions tacked in the novel. References to historical figures abound for the careful reader.
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