Kallen’s casual disregard almost felt worse than his constant berating. Was this another punishment? Should she try to get into his good graces or be even worse just to force him to react? She wondered if she’d left anything in the hall and patted her shift. She gasped. The thin, flimsy book was still there in her pocket, and it changed everything.
Chapter 10 — Above the Canopy
The sweet, slightly rotten smell of burning seven-leaf meant that Lew was to skip the nearest adult and report directly to an elder. The lesson did not include why she should do this or what would happen to the bearer of the smell, but anywhere that adults left gaps, children would fill in the answers.
Chapter 9 — Just Beneath the Canopy
Lew put her foot in the stirrup and leapt onto Biffy’s back. He cawed and hopped from one hoof to another, eager to get moving. She patted his soft head feathers. “Ok, Biffy, let’s go!”