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Of all the naughty, mischievous, disrespectful, and downright mean things that children can do, turning into a badling is, perhaps, one of the worst. Badlings abandon books without finishing them, leaving their characters sad and lonely—not to mention angry. Meet Bells, Peacock, Rusty, and Grand, four young friends convicted of this monstrous crime. As punishment they get sucked into a book near a duck pond and must traverse through a patchwork expanse of stories… and read them to the end.