All the Birds in the Sky
All the Birds in the Sky
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Annotation: Reunited as adults, childhood friends Patricia Delfine, who is magically gifted, and Laurence Armstead, an engineering genius, discover that something bigger than either of them has brought them together to either save the world, or plunge it into a new Dark Ages.
Catalog Number: #134666
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: TOR Books
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 316 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7653-7994-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-7653-7994-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015031481
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* In Hugo Award winner Anders' breakout book, elementary-school student Laurence Armstead, a science geek who reads science fiction, runs away to witness a rocket launch and, wearing the two-second time machine he built, achieves an in with real scientists. At age six, Patricia Selfine, a victim of domestic emotional abuse and school bullying, discovers she can talk with animals, encounters the Parliament of Birds deep in the forest, and learns that she is a witch. Socially inept tweens, Laurence and Patricia become friends in eighth grade when nature-loving Patricia covers for technology-loving Laurence, whose parents insist on him spending time in the great outdoors. A new substitute teacher arrives, and life for Patricia turns from bad to worse as Laurence is shipped off to a military reform school. The two manage to join forces again as Patricia studies magic. As both scientists and magicians come to fear for the future of humanity in this riveting story spanning decades, Patricia and Laurence iends, enemies, and potential lovers e thrust into a maelstrom of world-ending change. Anders' knock-your-socks-off blend of science and magic will be a strong contender for science fiction and fantasy awards, appealing to not only genre fans but also those looking for great literary reads.
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Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9+

Entertainment Weekly 's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now Winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel Finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel Paste 's 50 Best Books of the 21st Century (So Far) List "The book is full of quirkiness and playful detail...but there's an overwhelming depth and poignancy to its virtuoso ending." --NPR From the former editor-in-chief of, a stunning Nebula Award-winning and Hugo-shortlisted novel about the end of the world -- and the beginning of our future An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups' most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering "wunderkind") may just be in love with each other. As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind. In a fashion unique to Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky offers a humorous and, at times, heart-breaking exploration of growing up extraordinary in a world filled with cruelty, scientific ingenuity, and magic.

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