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OLDER FICTION
Griffin, Sarah Maria

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(2) YA When fourteen-year-old Mae and her twin brother are sent to their great-aunt Rita's for the summer, they encounter a supernatural danger: Rita's teenage ward Bevan is in thrall to a mysterious owl-like creature that demands she provide it with "pieces" of the twins. Spanning two summers over three years, Griffin's alternating-perspectives narrative makes use of horror tropes, combining distasteful aspects of the human condition with unsettling hungers, mystical protective rituals, and unseen threats.

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