Win a signed copy of Storybound! Details at the end of this post.

Una often told herself that she was invisible. Perhaps that was the reason people passed her in the halls, their eyes skimming over her slight form as if she were part of the scenery: a desk, a book, a classroom, a girl. It could also be the reason why Ms. McDonough, perched on her musty old pink chair, talked to her cats about Una as though Una wasn’t there. “The girl sassed me today,” she would say, or “The girl is quite selfish and irresponsible.” But Una didn’t mind too much. The cats couldn’t tease Una like the kids in the other foster homes had. There had been five foster families so far, and Ms. McDonough’s was the first, where Una could actually be alone. Even at dinner, as they sat together at the long mahogany table, the surface polished to such a gleam that Una’s big violet eyes looked back up at her, even there Ms. McDonough never acknowledged her, and Una was left to her own imagination.

Copyright © 2012 Marissa Burt

***Read Storybound for FREE in April on the HarperCollins website.***


About the book:

When Una Fairchild stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, she finds herself Written In to the land of Story—a world filled with Heroes and Villains and fairy-tale characters.

Together with her new friend Peter and a talking cat named Sam, Una digs deep into Story’s shadowy past to find out why she has been Written In. She quickly realizes that she is tied to the world in ways she never could have imagined—and it might be up to her to save it.

What people are saying:

“An appealing fantasy.  Strong writing and interesting characters make Una’s journey enjoyable, and the overall result will have readers on the lookout for the planned sequel.”–Publishers Weekly

“A richly imagined world.  Readers will enjoy the mind-bending fun of puzzling together the small details.”–Booklist

“Readers who love fantasy may see an opportunity to snuggle up with a cup of cocoa and unravel the plot, which twists and turns in on itself, with happy surprises.”–Kirkus

Released: April 3, 2012

About the author:

Marissa Burt was forever getting notes sent home from teachers about reading novels during class. She grew up in Oregon, and drifted eastward through Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, and South Carolina before coming back to the Pacific Northwest. She now lives in the Seattle area with her husband, three sons, and heaps of books. Visit her at www.marissaburt.com.

 Giveaway:

Marissa has been kind enough to contribute a signed copy of Storybound for a giveaway!

Just comment on this post to enter.

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The contest is open in the US and Canada, and ends on April 25th at midnight EST.

Good luck and happy reading!