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Vodník (hc)

By Bryce Moore


Teacups: great for tea. Really sucky as places-to-live-out-the-rest-of-your-eternal-existence. Very little elbow room, and the internet connection is notoriously slow. Plus, they're a real pain in the butt to get out of, especially when you've gone non-corporeal.

When Tomas was six, someone—something—tried to drown him. And burn him to a crisp. Tomas survived, but whatever was trying to kill him freaked out his parents enough to convince them to move from Slovakia to the United States.

Now sixteen-year-old Tomas and his family are back in Slovakia, and that something still lurks somewhere. Nearby. Ready to drown him again and imprison his soul in a teacup.

Then there’s the fire víla, the water ghost, the pitchfork-happy city folk, and Death herself who are all after him.

All this sounds a bit comical, unless the one haunted by water ghosts and fire vílas or doing time in a cramped, internet-deprived teacup is you.

If Tomas wants to survive, he'll have to embrace the meaning behind the Slovak proverb, So smrťou ešte nik zmluvu neurobil. With Death, nobody makes a pact.

Vodník Myth Guide

Booktalk with author Bryce Moore

Vodník Pronunciation Guide

Read the first four chapters of Vodník online here!

This Book is from Tu Books

Westchester Young Adult Fiction Award
Westchester Fiction Award Committee

Interest Level
Grades 7 and up
Reading Level
Grade 6
Childhood Experiences and Memories, Cultural diversity, Friendship, Heroism, Overcoming Obstacles, Self Esteem/Identity, YA interest, Fantasy, Paranormal
About the Creators

Bryce Moore works as a librarian in western Maine. His wife is Slovak, and they are raising their children to be bilingual in English and Slovak. Moore has lived in Trenčín, Slovakia, where his brother-in-law, much like Uncle Ľuboš in Vodník, works at Trenčín Castle. Moore studied creative writing at Brigham Young University. This is his first novel. Visit him online at brycemoore.com .

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