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Come Tumbling Down

Tor.com. (Wayward Children, Bk. 5). Jan. 2020. 208p. ISBN 9780765399311. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765399304. FANTASY
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Going home is all that the students living at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children wanted. Jack Wolcott succeeded, after killing her twin sister, Jill, and carrying her back to the Moors where they belonged. In the Moors, death is not necessarily the end. Now Jack is the one being carried, back to the school, in the arms of her love, Alexis—and in Jill’s body. Identical twin aside, Jack wants her own body back, and her friends at Eleanor West’s school are ready to break the rules again to make sure their former schoolmate gets everything her heart desires. Themes of dysphoria and gender are smartly inserted through McGuire’s rich prose, with heartfelt scenes keeping each character from getting lost in the action.
VERDICT The fifth volume of the “Wayward Children” series (after In an Absent Dream) gives readers the epic ending (is it really the end?) of Jack and Jill’s story line. Once again, McGuire gives readers a starkly poignant tale of longing, love, and belonging.

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