A journey beyond imaginationis about to unfold. . . .It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, USA. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.When the answer comes, it's t one she expects.Welcome to the Abarat, a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day. Candy has a place in this extraordinary land: She is here to help save the Abarat from the dark forces that are stirring at its heart--forces older than Time itself, and more evil than anything Candy has ever encountered. She's a strange heroine, she kws. But this is a strange world.And in the Abarat, all things are possible.