The Firebirds and the Gilded Cage

| January 9, 2015

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The Firebirds and the Gilded Cage

It’s the last day of school and seven children are being told a story by a substitute teacher when they fall asleep as though a spell has been cast over them. They awaken to discover that clones have been sent home in their place while they’re trapped in school by an invisible bubble. Worse, it’s now the FIRST day of school. At least their dormitory is decorated with art treasures, their windows open to historical cities like Venice and Byzantium, they have lovely stroll around gardens, and food and delicious desserts appear like magic. Their living copies must know what’s going on, but they’re not saying much. Is it a clever alien invasion where children are being gradually cloned and replaced? Why does their principal look like a witch? Should they try to escape their gilded cage? Why bother to do homework if you can eat cupcakes and watch 3-D cartoons all day? Besides thrills, laughs, and adventures, there’s a bit of first romance, clueless adults, a peregrine falcon, a mysterious substitute teacher, two ghosts from the Titanic, and kids with amazing talents. Oh yeah…there’s also a giant asteroid on a collision course with earth. As their substitute teacher says, every story has a problem.

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