From the time she was a little girl, Nia has dreamed up adventures about the Javanese mythical princess, Dewi Kadita. Now fourteen, Nia would love nothing more than to continue her education and become a writer. But high school costs too much. Her father sells banana fritters at the train station, but too much of his earnings go toward his drinking habit. Too often Nia is left alone to take over the food cart as well as care for her brother and their home in the Jakarta slums.
Explains superstitions about such topics as love and marriage, money, ailments, travel, the weather, and death.
Shunned by superstitious townspeople who are suspicious of her healing gifts, Old Letivia, a wisewoman who lives on the rainforest island of Borinquen, journeys into the forest with her two friends and encounters dangerous tests of her courage.
Eating onions every day and having their house filled with onions is too much for the husband whose wife insists they keep away evil spirits.
In seventeenth-century Yorkshire, Lucy’s younger sister Sarah is suspected by many to be a changeling, a fairy child substituted by the fairies for a human child.