CATEGORY: Children

PAGES: 224

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 X 8.25

ISBN: 978-1-61620-330-6

LIST PRICE: $16.95


CATEGORY: Children

LIST PRICE: $16.95


In this spine-tingling tale where the line between imagination and madness is sometimes hard to find, a girl fights to save her home and her life from a mysterious stranger.

Daisy Fitzjohn knows there are two worlds: the outside world and the world of Brightwood Hall, her home—and the only place she’s ever been. Daisy and her mother have never needed a life beyond Brightwood Hall, with its labyrinth of rooms, many animals, and stores of supplies. Daisy has no computer or phone, but she has all the friends she could want, including a mischievous talking rat named Tar and a ghostly presence of a long-ago explorer who calls herself Frank.

When Daisy’s mother leaves one morning without saying goodbye, a strange visitor, James Gritting, arrives on the estate claiming to be a distant cousin. But as the days tick by and Daisy’s mother doesn’t return, Gritting becomes more and more menacing. He wants to claim Brightwood for himself, and Daisy soon realizes he will do anything to get it. With no one to help her but her imaginary friends, Daisy must use her wits and her courage to survive.

Tania Unsworth takes readers on a twisting, heart-pounding journey through dark corridors and wild, untamed gardens in this novel perfect for fans of Doll Bones and Coraline.


"A read-alike for fans of Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener or Neil Gaiman’s Coraline."
- School Library Journal

"Beautiful, evocative writing brings Daisy’s world to life, and readers will empathize with Daisy and admire her courage and resourcefulness."
- Booklist

"Brilliantly conceived. . . Subtle and thought-provoking, the novel is entertaining and heartfelt."
- Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Photo Credit: D. E. Thaler
The daughter of the late Barry Unsworth, Tania Unsworth spent her childhood in Cambridge, UK, before moving to America in her early twenties. She is the author of two previous novels for adult readers—The Seahorse and Before We Began. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons. Brightwood is her second book for young readers.

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