Mr. and Mrs. Marrowstern also aren’t afraid their only daughter is going die, as far as Lunar can tell. Aside from some dramatic sobbing, they appear more concerned about Monty and Jack, her two older brothers, than how Lunar’s handling both the intense chemotherapy, and the realization she’ll have to go into the seventh-grade bald, skeletal, and friendless.
Friendless, until Barnacle, a flying red cat, and Sprigmont, a horned blue bear, appear in her hospital room to slap the self-pity out of her. The first true companions she’s ever had, the cat and bear help her stomach her food and pull out the last of her withered hair. But they fail to mention they’re hunted in their own world, which is why their appearance changes from healthy to haggard in a few weeks. And in their world, someone finally realizes the value of hunting and capturing Lunar.
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