Tanya is no ordinary girl. She can see fairies. But not the fairies we imagine. Evil fairies who cast spells on her, rousing her from her sleep and propelling her out of bed. At wit's end with her daughter's inexplicable behavior, Tanya's mother sends her away to live with her grandmother at Elvesden Manor, a secluded countryside mansion on the outskirts of a peculiar Essex town. There is plenty to explore, as long as Tanya stays away from Hangman's Wood- a vast stretch of forest, full of catacombs and notorious for people losing their lives. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods, a girl Tanya's grandmother will not speak of. As Tanya learns more about this girl, she finds herself dangerously close to vanishing into the fairy realm forever. Debut author Michelle Harrison weaves an intricate mystery into a beautiful and haunting fantasy that captures a rich world of fairy lore where only the color red can offer protection.
- Paperback | 355 pages
- 132.08 x 190.5 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
- 10 May 2011
- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- New York, NY, United Kingdom
- Illustrations, black and white
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"First-time novelist Harrison writes with great assuredness, creating a seductive setting and memorable, fully developed characters."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Fantasy fans will find the dizzying array of otherworldly creatures, each kind equipped with its own social hierarchies and mores, quite intriguing...[has a] swift pace, compelling characters (both human and otherwise), and web of carefully developed and cleanly resolved plots."--BCCB
About Dr Michelle Harrison
Michelle Harrison is a British author and illustrator who lives in Oxford, England, and works for a children's publisher. This is her first novel.