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“The Mark of the Dragonfly” is a fast-moving tale of 13-year-old orphan Piper, who gets thrown into a strange world of intrigue and magic. (Submitted photo)

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“The Mark of the Dragonfly,” by Jaleigh Johnson, is likely one of the fastest-moving 400-page books I’ve ever read.

It all begins with Piper, a 13-year-old orphan who fixes the mangled objects and machines that fall from the sky during the meteor showers. It’s the only way she can make a living in the poverty-stricken Merrow district.


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