Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)Coming home from vacation is hard. Coming home from Fairyland is harder.

Kids who come home after spending months or even years in Neverland or some other place have a hard time adjusting to so-called normal life – especially if they don’t -want- to adjust, they want to go back – back home, where home is not their parents’ home. What’s a parent to do?

Particularly if, like one character, someone goes through the teen years and comes back the same age as they left. Ouch. From King and Queen of Narnia to obedient school child? Excruciating.

Miss Eleanor West can help – unbeknownst to the parents, she’s a former traveler to Fairyland herself. When Nancy of the Normal Name comes to Miss West’s Academy she meets some weird people, starting with her roommate. And then people start dying, and was it New Girl Nancy? No.

Whodunnit? And why? And will Nancy ever find her way back? It’s not as easy as ‘click your heels together three times, my dear.

Some of Seanan McGuire’s characters conform to the gender binary, and some most decidedly don’t. There’s a wide spectrum of ‘how to do gender’ in the USA, and this is reflected in the story. Unlike certain TV shows, not conforming is not a clue about who is innocent or guilty.

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