I enjoyed Jack & Jill's story just as much as I did Nancy's.
The idea to tell the tales of children who have returned from their own personal fantasy worlds is both unique & nostalgic.
It strikes that chord of commonality in all of us who grew up devouring the boundaries of our own imaginations, finding emotional sustenance in the idea that an owl could fly through our window with a letter confirming the magic we always knew coursed through our veins.
McGuire skillfully tethers her audience to her characters by appealing to our sense of empathy. The idea of discovering a world that perfectly suits you & then having it ripped unceremoniously from your grasp evokes a painful kind of compassion.
We feel for these children.
We are these children.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones is an eerie & enchanting installment to the Wayward Children series. It's superbly written with some enduring observations about the importance of letting others decide who they want to be in this life.
I would recommend this series for anyone & everyone!