Telling a wicked good tale is a talent, but making it sound believable is a gift. Even as young teens, Lily and Jasper Winter still love their uncle's bedtime tales. But they don't believe, as they once did, that the tales he spins are true, or that his fantastic paintings are from places he's actually been . . . that would be childish.
Now Uncle Ebb is missing.
Lily and Jasper are supposed to stay out of trouble while their parents search Ebb’s study, but his mansion is full of distractions. A Tesla generator thrums in the basement. Prismatic electrimals drift lazily around walls resembling underwater reefs. Then Oscar, a fuchsia-plumed flying seahorse, leads the siblings to a secret room, where the mystery of their uncle’s disappearance deepens. They’ve never seen Ebb without his golden necklace, yet there it is, with a curious coin dangling from it.
That night, Lily's careful examination of the coin yields unexpected results. To her surprise, it transports her to the Moon Realm, the setting of Uncle Ebb's bedtime tales. Lily is thrilled to meet the horse-sized, leonine Rinn and the lunamancers of Dain. But something is wrong. The inhabitants of the moons are no longer allies, and the heroic characters from the tales either don’t exist or are known only as myths. Worse, one of the moons appears to be dead, haunted by an evil villain named Wrengfoul. And no one seems to know what’s become of Ebb.
Illustrated by Carolyn Arcabascio. Volume One of the The Moon Realm Series.