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The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a YA Fantasy novel by Ruth Frances Long. Seven years ago, Jenny and her brother Tom were walking home through the woods when the woods swallowed him up. No one believed her. When she went back to try to resolve her feelings, she discovers she can go within herself, into the lands where the Fair Folk dwell, after him.


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  • A Friend in Need: Puck gets Jenny out of the cottage as the forest swallows it.
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  • Green Thumb: The piper, with his music, can move roses.
  • Pretty Butterflies: Jenny's first thought of the Foletti is that they are beautiful as butterflies.
  • The Promise: Jack is oath-bound to help those on quests.
  • The Quest: Jenny tells Jack that she's looking for her brother, thus invoking the promise.
  • The Reveal: Jack is the green man.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Jenny is Tom's minature.
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  • Weather Manipulation: The storm the night she is in the Woodsman's cottage is attributed to the piper.

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