Books are meant to be beautiful

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In her first book, illustrator and author Birta Þrastardóttir creates a magical world that recalls the gaudy style of the 60s as well as mysterious silent films in which circus artists and greedy villains run amok and lure children into danger and mischief. In Glow, the life of an ordinary family is turned upside down the day that young Aurora swallows a star and begins to glow. It’s a twist of fate that pushes our shining heroine out of the life of a normal girl and into the limelight as a miracle creature who others want to exploit and profit from. Of course, a little excitement is the spice of life, and although everything may end well, it’s not necessarily because goodness and truth have won out. No, sometimes, a happy ending is more random than that—as random as a star suddenly flying out of your mouth.

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