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Other Words for Smoke

Mae and her brother Rossa spent two of the strangest summers of their lives with their great-aunt Rita. Nothing in her house was as it seemed: a cat who was more than a cat, and a dark power called Sweet James that lurked behind the wallpaper, enthralling Rita’s ward, Bevan, with whispers of magic and escape. In the summer heat, Mae and Rossa will discover secrets not just about the house, and their aunt, but also about themselves…