Phileas’s Fortune: A Story about Self-Expression

Title: Phileas’s Fortune: A Story about Self-Expression
Author: Agnes de Lestrade
Illustrator: Valeria Docampo
Publisher: Magination Press (2010)
ISBN: 9781433807923
Translated from French. Imagine living in a world where you have to buy words to communicate. This is Phileas’ predicament. Large factories churn out beautiful, ugly and funny words. People purchase, then swallow the words to communicate, but not all words are equal and the cost of each word varies. Old words are discarded and other words float in the air, which is how Phileas catches three random words to express his love for Cybele.
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