Alice is living with her grandmother and struggling with the news of her brother's heart transplant. Her grandmother wants to cut down the mysterious woods surrounding them and home to fairies and magical possibilities. A story of hope and belief told across two time periods and the balance between magic and dark family secrets. — Martha Cornwell
For fans of Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Jack Cheng's See You in the Cosmos, here is "a haunting and poignant exploration of family, loss, and redemption" (Booklist, Starred Review).
When Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother 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? Don't miss Emma Carroll's new novel, Strange Star
★ "A haunting and poignant exploration of family, loss, and redemption.
★ "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,
"Magic and mystery adds appeal to this already compelling family drama
...and Carroll manages to wrap all of the threads into a wholly satisfying ending."--Bulletin
, 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