CATEGORY: Children

PAGES: 320

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 X 8.25

ISBN: 978-1-61620-483-9



CATEGORY: Children

PAGES: 224

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 x 8.25

ISBN: 978-1-61620-329-0

LIST PRICE: $16.95


CATEGORY: Children

PAGES: 224

ISBN: 978-1-61620-404-4



In this near-future dystopia with echoes of The Giver and Among the Hidden, Tania Unsworth has created an unsettling and fast-paced page-turner that’s wholly satisfying and startlingly original. 

Devin doesn’t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it’s soon clear that it’s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home’s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour The One Safe Place; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page.


"This frightening and mysterious book surprised me again and again. Unsworth has created a world where nothing is as it seems and horrors lurk around every corner. When you read it, you will quickly discover one terrifying fact-- there IS no safe place!"
- R.L. Stine

"A timeless story that deserves to become a children’s classic for decades to come."
- Christian Science Monitor

"[A] chilling and engrossing tale filled with detailed, sharply drawn characters . . . A standout."
- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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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. The One Safe Place is her first book for young readers.