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The Flame in the Mist
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"Richly atmospheric"
"Fast, creepy fun"
   —Stefan Bachmann, author of The Peculiar

Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators' Crystal Kite members choice award winner, 2014


There's evil-a coming from up on the hill
If the Mist doesn't get you, the Agromonds will.

Fiery-headed Jemma has always felt like the family misfit at mist-shrouded Agromond Castle, and is increasingly disturbed by the dark goings-on there. On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, Jemma discovers the dreadful reason why: She is not who she thinks she is, and the Agromonds have terrifying plans for her. Her life in danger, she flees from the castle.

But saving her skin is just the first of Jemma's ordeals. Ghosts and outcasts, a pair of crystals, a mysterious book, and an ancient prophecy gradually reveal the truth about her past, and proclaim a destiny far greater and more dangerous than any she could imagine.

With her trusted friend, Digby, and her two telepathic golden rats, Noodle and Pie, Jemma faces enemies both human and supernatural. But in the end, she and her untapped powers might be the only hope for a kingdom in peril.

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Praise for The Flame in the Mist

"A book any MG reader can fall in to...and any adult with a love for fantasy."
   —Demitria Lunetta, author of In The After and In The End (Harper)

"Fantastic middle-grade fantasy!"
   —Claire Caterer, author of The Key & The Flame (Simon & Schuster)

"Great fantasy for middle grade!"
   —Librarian Leslie

"The characters are amazing...a spectacular book."
   —Cover2Cover Blog

"The kind of fantasy that made me want to read fantasy in the first place."
   —Readful Things Blog

"Fantasy lovers, rejoice!"
   —Blogger Joanne

What other kids are saying!

"The Flame in the Mist is an enthralling adventure, written with inspiring imagination. The story is detailed and captures the reader's mind in another world."
   —Logan D, 12

"The story line was brilliant and unexpected, it constantly kept me on my toes. The writing was magnificent and ... made me feel like I was a part of the story."
   —Nichola, 19

"I couldn't put it down! I was fascinated by the description of the characters and monsters."
   —Kolter, 10

"An exceptionally well-thought-out book, with a twisting plot and many-layered characters. A great read for any middle-schooler looking for adventure!"
   —Isabel, 15

"The Flame in the Mist is one of those epic books that instantly captivated me with its mystical suspense. A must-read!"
   —Cianna, 14

"The bits that I loved the most about this book were the seemingly minute characters that Jemma held so close, like her dear rats, her old nanny Marsh, and her friend, Digby Goodfellow. They were all written so beautifully and had such life!"
   —Kimberly, 17

Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, April 2013, ISBN: 9780385742900