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Authors: Emily Winfield Martin

Oddfellow's Orphanage

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ALSO BY EMILY WINFIELD MARTIN

The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2012 by Emily Winfield Martin

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Martin, Emily Winfield.
Oddfellow’s Orphanage / Emily Martin. — 1st ed.
p. cm.
Summary: Although mute, Delia quickly becomes part of the “family” at a most unusual orphanage, where classes include Fairy Tale Studies, a field trip may result in a monster sighting, and classmates include a hedgehog and a boy whose head is an onion.
eISBN: 978-0-375-98635-2
[1. Orphanages—Fiction. 2. Supernatural—Fiction.
3. Schools—Fiction. 4. Mute persons—Fiction. 5. Orphans—Fiction.] I. Title.
PZ7.M356833Odd 2012 [Fic]—dc22 2011003727

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CONTENTS

A BEGINNING, OF SORTS

“F
LIBBERTIGIBBET
!” sputtered the man with the blue-black beard as he awoke with a start.
There is another
, he thought. He leapt from his bed and put on shoes and an overcoat (which were always nearby in case of middle-of-the-night emergencies such as this).

There was a knock at his bedroom door. A lady’s voice softly called, “Headmaster, there’s been another.”

The man swung the door open. The faint hall light revealed the owner of the lady’s voice. She was dressed in a nightgown, topped by a fur-collared cape. The lady laughed at the headmaster’s messy hair and his mismatched shoes. Her own red hair was neatly pinned up in a soft bun.

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