Where the Woods End

By: Charlotte Salter

Kestrel’s mother, a powerful spell-caster, has tasked Kestrel with hunting Grabbers. Accompanied by Pippit, a bloodthirsty weasel, Kestrel hones her skills as she searches for a way out of the forest.

ISBN: 9780735229235

JLG Release: Oct 2018


Sensitive Areas: Cruelty to animals, Grotesque imagery, Violence
Topics: Fantasy and magic , Action and adventure , Adventure and adventurers , Horror , Monsters , Fear , Forests and forestry , Friendship

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Deep in a nightmarish forest, scrappy Kestrel defends her isolated village from monsters, armed with a spoon, a book, and her talking weasel sidekick. This action-packed novel has plenty of twists, the biggest of which is the psychological insight into its protagonist. Kestrel’s search-and-destroy mentality initially seems like a dark inversion o Deep in a nightmarish forest, scrappy Kestrel defends her isolated village from monsters, armed with a spoon, a book, and her talking weasel sidekick. This action-packed novel has plenty of twists, the biggest of which is the psychological insight into its protagonist. Kestrel’s search-and-destroy mentality initially seems like a dark inversion of Pokémon, channeling a “gotta kill them all” mentality. But Kestrel is mostly after Grabbers, who steal mementos to create bodies that embody their victim’s worst fear. Kestrel survives because her fears are so complex: she struggles to reinterpret her mother and grandmother’s abuse as hero training and her father’s abandonment as protection. While Kestrel’s exciting but simplistic monster hunts seem to empower her, they also make her an outcast from the village she seeks to protect. She can only free herself when she turns inward, to challenge her mother and her own punishing self-narrative. Although Kestrel, her family, the monsters, and the forest are intensely realized, the villagers and the village feel generic. The Salty Bog and the Marrow Orchard are viscerally terrifying, but stray references to museums and dentists threaten to break the spell. VERDICT Gorier than Gaiman, this novel is not for the faint of heart but packs a surprising emotional punch. Buy where complex horror-fantasy for young teens is in demand.–Katherine Magyarody, Texas A&M University, College Station, School Llibrary Journal

Book Details

ISBN

9780735229235

First Release

October 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.6; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.6; Points: 17;

Lexile

Level 750L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Dial

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Cruelty to animals, Grotesque imagery, Violence

Topics

Fantasy and magic, Action and adventure, Adventure and adventurers, Horror, Monsters, Fear, Forests and forestry, Friendship,

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