Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry - this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words; it is not the full book. The ABNA contest is operated on Amazon.com only. Visit this entry on Amazon.com to leave customer feedback. To vote for the Grand Prize winner starting July 8, visit www.amazon.com/ABNA.What kind of library is closed to the public? 17-year-old Johanna Charette is the youngest curator ever selected to oversee the Library of Illumination, an ancient, magical place where books literally come to life. She accepts the job knowing surprises and danger lurk in her future. She also knows, in case of trouble, having an assistant can be invaluable, so she hires 16-year-old Jackson Roth to give her a hand. Jackson gets off to a rocky start, but manages to prove his mettle. Besides, he’s kind of cute and a lot of fun, and ridiculously brave. As the teens learn about the library, themselves, and each other, their fates become closely intertwined. Johanna is brilliant and resourceful—a natural born leader. She usually keeps the library operating on an even keel. Jackson is clever and funny. He relies on his wits when trouble arises. Unfortunately, his derring-do is one of the reasons why they sometimes find themselves in awkward situations, and it shouldn’t come as any surprise when his wanton curiosity sparks a journey to a distant realm, where they end up with front row seats to what’s destined to become—a war of the worlds.