Hearts, Keys, and Puppetry by Neil Gaiman

This novella by Neil Gaiman manages to present a profound story about love and forgiveness (of yourself as well as others) in a very short space. It includes Gaiman's typical poetic brilliance, odd darkness, and compelling characters. It is an intriguing story and an excellently read audio book (Katherine Kelgren-my favorite). With the dark story, I would recommend it for teen readers.

When preparing for dinner one evening, Samantha finds herself switched with her reflection in the mirror. She is trapped in a strange world where nothing seems to make sense and she can only find riddles for how to escape. In her quest to get back home, Sam also finds herself fighting to save her long lost brother as well as herself. She soon finds freedom will only come as she forgives herself and learns to love the person she is.

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