Twelve-year-old Mallie knows better than to dream. In Coal Top, you live the story you're given: boys toil in the mines and girls work as servants. Mallie can't bear the idea of that kind of life, but her family is counting on her wages to survive.

It wasn't always this way. Before the Dust came, the people of Coal Top could weave starlight into cloth. They'd wear these dreaming clothes to sleep and wake up with the courage to seek adventure . . . or the peace to heal a broken heart. But now nothing can penetrate Coal Top's blanket of sorrow.

So when Mallie is chosen for a dangerous competition in which daring (and ideally, orphaned) children train flying horses, she jumps at the chance. Maybe she'll change her story. Maybe she'll even find the magic she needs to dream again.

But the situation proves even more dangerous when Mallie uncovers a sinister mystery at the heart of Coal Top's struggles -- a mystery some powerful people will do anything to protect.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on March 26, 2019 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 1338118498
ISBN-13: 9781338118490
6 Book Reviews
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  • 13iamgroot
    13iamgrootSunday, September 22, 2019 at 7:24 am44 stars
    This is a very inspiring book by Natalie Lloyd. It teaches you to question everything and not to believe everything that you see. The main character, Mallie, learns that you shouldn't just live the story that you are given by those in power, because there are some things hiding just outside your sight that are there for you to discover. Mallie learns new things about many people in her life, some good and some bad, on her journey to discover the truth about her town Coal Top. She brings light to the people that she loves, both figuratively and literally. Mallie teaches everyone how to sing down the stars, that weren't completely gone, just hidden and out of reach, waiting for the people below them to realize the truth. This is an amazing book that will stay with you long after you have finished it.
    • CCFriday, May 3, 2019 at 9:37 am
      LOVE THE BOOK!!!!!
      • yeee
        yeeeMonday, April 15, 2019 at 6:03 am55 stars
        • mdawg14
          mdawg14Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 8:03 am55 stars
          This book is very cool
          • applemango
            applemangoThursday, March 28, 2019 at 9:46 pm55 stars
            This book looks like a mystery! I would like to read this book!
            • Somebooks Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 2:53 pm
              I will check the library