Fourteen-year-old Blue Jasper takes his younger siblings, twins Indigo and Violet, out for a hike to give their mother a break. One moment the twins are scampering in the trees right ahead of him, and the next moment they are gone. As Blue frantically searches for them, a strange woman appears in the forest claiming to be the Faerie Queen Olea of Nearwood and the twins’ real mother. Now because of a magical pact, Blue’s mother’s life will be in danger if he can’t find the twins before the next sunset. Blue must find his way into the magical forest known as the Crosswood and through the dangerous Faerie lands beyond it. Will he be able to find the twins in time? And will they be able to find their way out again?
From Orca Book Publishers January 2021
School Library Journal: “Readers will appreciate Prendergast’s clever ideas…A solid plot…a satisfying, immersive world for striving readers not yet ready for longer texts”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials: “Excellent…A fast-moving urban fantasy with a likeable hero trying to do his best in an untenable situation…The Crosswood is a great high interest addition to the fantasy genre. Highly Recommended.”
Fourteen-year-old Blue (a human) should be upset that his new friends Salix (a Nixie) and Finola (a Faerie) have tricked him into going on another adventure into Faerieland. But he’s actually quite excited. Especially since their quest to find the way back to Salix’s homeland takes them through the Wherewood, a magical region where lost things go. They encounter confused pets, misplaced homework assignments and mountains of odd socks. But when a misstep leads Blue into the forsaken Witherwood, he comes face to face with an old enemy. And Olea, the cursed former queen of Nearwood, will not let Blue go so easily this time.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials: “A lot of fun in these pages.”