The Jewel and the Key

An earthquake and the discovery of a mysterious antique mirror unleash forces that jolt sixteen-year-old Addie McNeal back to 1917 Seattle, just as the United States is entering World War I. Addie finds herself shuttling back and forth between past and present, drawn in both times to the grand Jewel Theater. In both decades the existence of the Jewel is threatened and war is looming . . . and someone she cares about is determined to fight. Eventually, Addie realizes that only she has the key to saving the Jewel—and the lives of her friends. But will she figure out how to manipulate the intricately woven threads of time and truly set things right?

Reviews

  • “The author skillfully weaves many parallels between the past and present into the story which serve to help Addie clarify her path into the future… Fans of the theater will love this story, as well as readers of historical fiction who do not mind a bit of fantasy.” VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
  • “The Jewel and the Key is well-written and intriguing… I read it in a day, because I simply couldn't put it down.” Jen Robinson’s Book Page
  • “Spiegler… does a masterful job of combining historical fiction with a modern story involving time travel…Overall, she brings together a lovable cast of characters — from the charming narrator Addie, to her friends, her family, and the lively folks at the Jewel theater….My only wish for this book was for more.” NOVEL NOVICE Sara Gundell
  • “The Jewel and the Key is an entertaining trip through time, and a refreshing change from the numerous bleak dystopian novels being published at present.” New York Journal of Books / Connie Goldsmith

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The Amethyst Road

In a society similar to ours in some ways and very different in others, 16-year-old Serena and her older sister, Willow, struggle to get by in a tough, crime-infested urban neighborhood. By birth they are half Yulang, half Gorgio, but are accepted by neither race. The sisters get no help from the Yulang, because Willow’s child was born out of wedlock and the family has been declared outcast.

The Gorgios are even worse, trying to take the child away. A run-in with social services, aptly nicknamed the Cruelty, launches Serena on a journey that is at once an escape and a quest to reunite her family. With the help of a boy named Shem, who is on a quest of his own, Serena travels deep into the mountains, where precious gems are mined, and across barren plains, where white-clad Trident Riders are terrorizing anyone who is not Gorgio.

Along the way, Serena finds the answers she seeks—and some she didn’t even know she was looking for. The dynamics of racism and resistance are central themes of this modern adventure. Employing a mixture of gritty reality and richly drawn magical elements, this unique tale of self-discovery will captivate readers of contemporary fiction as well as fantasy fans.

Reviews

  • "Richly imagined...This novel of self-discovery is an intriguing blend of gritty urban fantasy and magical realism." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
  • "Unique in its smooth and imaginative blend of genres...an original blend of social grit and compelling fantasy-based spirituality." -BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA
  • "Those who appreciate bold heroines unwilling to accept society's dictates might wish to join Serena on her quest." THE BULLETIN Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • "Spiegler writes characters, arts, and slow-blooming romance with warmth and vigor." KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews
  • "Serena is a strong female character. . . . [The book] would launch a good discussion of racism." SLJ School Library Journal

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