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Janetta and the Book Thief

by B.S. Gibbs

Cover Art and Illustrations by:

Anca Gabriela Marginean

Copyright © 2017 by B.S. Gibbs.

Illustrations Copyright @ 2017 by B.S. Gibbs.

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Printed in the United States of America

First Printing, 2017 (Rev. 9/22/17)

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. This work also does not reflect the viewpoints of any other person or organization.

Chapter 1

Twelve-year-old Janetta loved her books more than she liked people. Well, to be fair, she loved her family, and she had one or two friends. However, even they had to wait for her attention while she read her books.

It was Janetta’s opinion that people could be so annoying, sometimes. But a good book was a comfort. It offered her an escape from the world and an excuse to ignore people for hours at a time. In fact, her favorite place to read was in a hiding place.

Sometimes she would read in a tent that she made out of sheets and blankets. In her tent, she would read with a lantern that she smuggled from the family’s emergency kit. Other times, she read in a closet or on a branch of the old tree in her backyard.

Why would she hide when she read, you wonder? Well, in her opinion, there was nothing more annoying than someone interrupting her while she was reading. And, it would always seem to happen when she reached an exciting part of her book. When that happened, that was the worst!

As to be expected, everything in her day was about books. She even carried a book with her wherever she went and kept a watch for opportunities to read.

She read so much that she even exceeded her teacher’s reading log requirements. Her teacher didn’t know that, however, because Janetta only wrote down enough to meet the requirements. There just wasn’t enough room in the logs for all her reading.

While she wasn’t reading, she was thinking about her favorite book. Even her dreams were filled with the stories that she read in books. However, sometimes she even sacrificed sleep to finish a book.

So, what happened shouldn’t be a complete surprise. One day, Janetta became the first person ever to meet a book fairy. When she did, the book fairy asked Janetta to go on a secret mission. It was a task that would save the book fairy world and the books she loved from certain destruction.

What’s a book fairy, you ask? To fully understand that, you’ll have to keep reading. For now, I can tell you that every time an author writes a new book, it’s the result of a book fairy’s work. Without book fairies, there would be no books to read.

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