By William Sleator
A dismal awakening . . .
When her mom and dad supply her a depressing previous dollhouse for her birthday rather than the 10 pace motorcycle she's anticipating, Vicky is dissatisfied. yet she quickly turns into enthusiastic about the small shadowy international and its population. The hours she spends fidgeting with the dolls is an efficient approach to break out from her parents's arguments. As Vicky's existence turns into extra , she begins to take out her frustration at the dolls, making their lives as unsatisfied as hers.
Then at some point, Vicky wakes up contained in the dollhouse, trapped one of the monsters she's created. Bewildered, Vicky is bound she's dreaming. Can she locate her manner out of this nightmare global?
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A wave of black spiders immediately swept over her, securing the cocoon tightly to the walls and the metal girders that buttressed the house. From her new vantage point, she could look down over the room to where Areop-Enap squatted in the middle of the floor. Perenelle realized that the dark carpet beneath the Elder was a mass of thousands—maybe even millions—of spiders. The floor rippled and pulsed under Areop-Enap, which was facing north, toward Angel Island, now lost in early-morning mist. Shifting in the cocoon, Perenelle strained to look in the same direction.
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