In Darkling Wood
Published:March 14, 2017
Publisher:Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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School Library Journal
For fans of The Secret Garden, The Indian in the Cupboard, Tuck Everlasting, and The Giving Tree, In Darkling Wood is a spine-tingling novel with a forthright, modern heroine and more than a hint of mystery and magic.
When Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother’s Nell’s house, there’s nothing good about it, except the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of the garden—but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace. She even finds a friend, a girl named Flo. But Flo doesn’t go to the local school, and no one in town has heard of her. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder: what is real? And can she find out in time to save the wood from destruction?
★ "A haunting and poignant exploration of family, loss, and redemption."—Booklist, Starred Review
★ "A tale brimming with emotion and atmosphere....[In Darkling Wood] is absorbing and well written. Hand this to readers who enjoy fantasy, fairy tales, and magical realism."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Beautifully drawn, and the pragmatic prose and completely modern language (except for the letters) ground the story. The fairies aren't covered in pixie dust here. Carroll is becoming well-known in her native England; this book should win her American fans."-Kirkus Reviews
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