Fourteen-year-old Sophina Murray will be the first to tell you: Bad luck comes in threes. First, her father is lost at sea. Then, the rains start. And don't stop. And finally, her little brother is taken from his bed by a monster straight from her worst nightmare. A glimpse into the parallel universe of Trellah - a land of giant trees, bizarre creatures, and a glowing red mineral with mystical properties - convinces Sophina that all may not be lost. But first, she'll have to survive in a hostile world where her darkest fears live and breathe.
Trellah is an original and realistic fantasy for ages 12 to 112. Parental guidance suggested for advanced readers ages 10-11 for moderate elements of horror.
A pink, oval fruit swayed on a low hanging branch nearby. Deep in its core, behind translucent skin, was a pulsing red heart. Her surroundings faded to a blur as she walked toward the fruit, lost in the rhythmic motion of the heart. She reached out to pick it, but it moved beyond her grasp.
The pink beauty floated away, and Sophina followed. She swiped at it again, but the object of her desire slipped from her fingertips. She vaguely recalled someone telling her not to wander off, that it was too dangerous. But how could that be true when everything here was so peaceful? Unless . . .
Unless they wanted it for themselves, she thought. That’s what was happening, of course. Someone was trying to trick her into staying away from the fruit so they wouldn’t have to share it. But she had seen through their deception, and now she was just a few steps away from having everything that she had ever hoped for.The fruit vanished—and Sophina’s trance was broken. She found herself standing before a giant hole burrowed into a hillside. Before she could blink, a vast mouth lined with hooked teeth lunged out from the hole. She felt her body being pulled backwards as two saliva-sodden flaps drew open like stage curtains at the back of a cavernous throat and a bulbous tongue shot through the gap, missing her face by mere inches
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