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
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Vodník Pronunciation Guide
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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
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 .