Can wood, copper, or marble communicate? They can if they are the
graven images in Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman’s trio of eerie, beguiling
short stories. If you whisper a secret into a wooden statue’s ear, will anyone
find out? Can a wobbly weathervane bearing the image of Saint Crispin, the
patron saint of shoemakers, steer a love-struck apprentice toward the girl of
his dreams? And if a ghost hires a sculptor to carve a likeness of him holding
a drink to a baby’s lips, what ghastly crime might lie behind his request?
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