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The Crosswood



by
Gabrielle Prendergast

Edition
Paperback
Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Imprint
Orca
ISBN
9781459826625
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In this high-interest accessible novel for middle-grade readers, 14-year-old Blue Jasper must enter the enchanted Crosswood when his twin siblings are kidnapped by a Faerie king.

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?

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None

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

120

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 5"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

HL460L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2021

Book Genres

Fantasy, Magic

Topics

Faeries. Forests. Magic. Brothers and sisters. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–Fourteen-year-old Blue, who has brown hair and dark eyes, might be firstborn, but he feels third-best. His mom spends all of her time—and half of his—making sure his foster 10-year-old blonde twin siblings Indigo and Violet are never out of earshot. She even homeschools them while Blue attends the local high school. But when the twins vanish into a magical wood, Blue learns his foster brother and sister are not his siblings at all; they are a prince and princess of the Fairy world, adopted as part of a deal his mother made to save Blue’s life. Now that the twins are lost, the fairy contract has been broken, and a life is owed—unless Blue can find his adopted siblings and bring them back before sunset. Readers will appreciate Prendergast’s clever ideas, such as the ghost sword and the different fairy kingdoms of Nearwood, Farwood, and where they meet, the Crosswood—but they may find the plot heavy handed and cramped while traveling through several fairy worlds and back in 120 sparsely texted pages. Unfortunately, the characters feel flat, making it difficult to be emotionally invested in their outcome. While the intention seems to be to grab older readers with lower reading skills, it’s hard to imagine many 14-year-olds reading about 10-year-old fairies. VERDICT A solid plot that needs fleshing out. Readers not yet ready for the heft of Chris Colfer’s “Land of Stories” may give it a try, but it misses the mark for older reluctant reader.–Hillary Perelyubskiy, Los Angeles P.L.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–Fourteen-year-old Blue, who has brown hair and dark eyes, might be firstborn, but he feels third-best. His mom spends all of her time—and half of his—making sure his foster 10-year-old blonde twin siblings Indigo and Violet are never out of earshot. She even homeschools them while Blue attends the local high school. But when the twins vanish into a magical wood, Blue learns his foster brother and sister are not his siblings at all; they are a prince and princess of the Fairy world, adopted as part of a deal his mother made to save Blue’s life. Now that the twins are lost, the fairy contract has been broken, and a life is owed—unless Blue can find his adopted siblings and bring them back before sunset. Readers will appreciate Prendergast’s clever ideas, such as the ghost sword and the different fairy kingdoms of Nearwood, Farwood, and where they meet, the Crosswood—but they may find the plot heavy handed and cramped while traveling through several fairy worlds and back in 120 sparsely texted pages. Unfortunately, the characters feel flat, making it difficult to be emotionally invested in their outcome. While the intention seems to be to grab older readers with lower reading skills, it’s hard to imagine many 14-year-olds reading about 10-year-old fairies. VERDICT A solid plot that needs fleshing out. Readers not yet ready for the heft of Chris Colfer’s “Land of Stories” may give it a try, but it misses the mark for older reluctant reader.–Hillary Perelyubskiy, Los Angeles P.L.

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