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CATEGORY: Children

PAGES: 256

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 X 8.25

ISBN: 978-1-61620-697-0

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CATEGORY: Children

PAGES: 240

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 X 8.25

ISBN: 978-1-61620-505-8

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CATEGORY: Children

ISBN: 978-1-61620-591-1

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Overview

A princess and a peasant girl must embark on a dangerous quest to outwit a centuries-old warning foretelling the fall of the Monarchy in this thrilling modern fairytale.

 
In the center of the verdant Monarchy lies Dreadwillow Carse, a black and desolate bog that the happy people of the land do their best to ignore. Little is known about it, except for one dire warning: If any monarch enters Dreadwillow Carse, then the Monarchy will fall. Twelve-year-old Princess Jeniah yearns to know what the marsh could possibly conceal that might topple her family’s thousand-year reign of peace and prosperity.

Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Emberfell, where everyone lives with unending joy, a girl named Aon hides a sorrow she can never reveal. She knows that something in the carse–something that sings a haunting tune only Aon can hear–holds the cure for her sadness. Yet no matter how many times she tries to enter, the terror-inducing dreadwillow trees keep her away.

After a chance meeting, Princess Jeniah and Aon hatch a plan to send Aon into the heart of the carse to unlock its darkest secret. But when Aon doesn’t return, a guilt-stricken Jeniah must enter the carse to try and rescue her friend–even if it means risking the entire Monarchy.

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse weaves together classic fairy-tale elements–a princess, a forbidden land, and a dangerous quest–in a clever, fast-paced adventure that explores the importance of asking questions and the power of friendship.

A Summer 16 Kids’ Indie Next List Pick!

A Minnesota Book Award winner

Meet the Author

 

Brian Farrey is the author of the Vengekeep Prophecies series and the Stonewall honor book With Or Without You. He knows more than he probably should about Doctor Who. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his husband and their cat, Meowzebub.

Praise

"Farrey weaves a captivating and suspenseful tale of the power of female friendship and the pain of growing up . . . Heart-rending and genuine, this magical coming-of-age story is not to be missed."
- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The inclusion of diverse characters enhances [this] . . . thoughtful, atmospheric fairy tale."
- School Library Journal, starred review

"Part fairy tale, part seemingly utopian society with a dark underbelly, this is a gripping, compelling story."
- Booklist