"Will enchant your imagination." -Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Medal-Winning author
In this heartfelt, magical instant classic, Megan Frazer Blakemore shows how the truths we tell can change the world.
When Alice was little, she found a gigantic spider web deep in the forest. Her dad called it the Story Web and told her how its strands were woven from the stories that hold our world together.
Years later, Alice's dad has gone away for reasons Alice is sure are her fault. Now she won't even talk about her dad and definitely no longer believes his farfetched stories. But when animals in town start acting strangely, she can't ignore them. The Story Web is in danger--and the fabric of our world is breaking. The only way to mend it is to tell honest tales from the heart, even if they are difficult to share.
In this magical tale of truth and honesty perfect for fans of Katherine Applegate, Megan Frazer Blakemore deftly weaves fantasy into the real world.
Megan Frazer Blakemore is the author of The Daybreak Bond, The Firefly Code, The Friendship Riddle, The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill, and The Water Castle, which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, and a New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing. She is also the author of the young adult novels Good and Gone and Very in Pieces, as well as the upcoming Frankie Sparks: 3rd Grade Inventor chapter book series. A school librarian, Megan lives in Maine with her family.
“You will be swept away. Alice will steal your heart. The story will enchant your imagination.” —Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Medal-Winning author
“The story's essential theme-the importance of trust and connection in the health of a community-is an important one in this divisive time.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The importance of sharing one's stories is a theme that will resonate with many . . . Recommended for collections where magical realism is popular and stories about PTSD are needed.” —School Library Journal
“A realistic and honest consideration of the impact of mental illness on families and communities commingles effectively with the fantastical elements in this captivating tale.” —Horn Book Magazine
“Hopeful. . . . Readers get a lesson in the importance of honesty versus allowing rumors to spread.” —Booklist
“An accessible rumination on the power of storytelling and its place in the modern world.” —BCCB
“Readers with a passion for environmentalism and economic equality will be enthralled by this title that explores the impact of a world whose unrestrained consumption has harsh effects on others.” —School Library Journal on THE DAYBREAK BOND
“The themes are strong, and the depiction of a tightly controlled world at the expense of individuality will surely fascinate fans of Lois Lowry's The Giver.” —School Library Journal on THE FIREFLY CODE
“Will have children turning pages and thinking about important questions. An excellent choice for those who love Lois Lowry's The Giver or Margaret Peterson Haddix's sci-fi adventures.” —Booklist on THE FIREFLY CODE
“It is no mystery that readers will come to love Hazel Kaplansky.” —Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of HATTIE BIG SKY, on THE SPY CATCHERS OF MAPLE HILL
“Thought provoking . . . a tribute to the great girl detectives of children's literature.” —New York Times Book Review on THE SPY CATCHERS OF MAPLE HILL
“Science, history and literature references glow . . . With keen intelligence and bits of humor, the prose slips calmly between narrative perspectives, trusting readers to pick up a revelation that Ephraim and Mallory don't see--and it's a doozy. This one is special.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on THE WATER CASTLE
“What shines through . . . is Blakemore's tender understanding of how these children--and all children--feel about their lives and the adults who control them.” —New York Times on THE WATER CASTLE