Magic Tree House
Junie B. Jones
In this 50-page novella by Tammar Stein, the author of KINDRED and SPOILS, Miriam and Natasha think they've escaped their respective brushes with otherworldly beings. Miriam has settled into a normal-seeming life, where her biggest worry is her boyfriend's, Emmett's, faithfulness—a far cry from the troubles of her past. Natasha is far more concerned with Emmett's heart, so much so that she deludes herself into thinking she can escape the deal she made with the devil that won her family 22 million cursed dollars in the lottery. As their lives briefly intersect where Kindred's story ends and Spoils' begins, they learn that debts with the supernatural are not so easily escaped.