McGuire writes a meaningful story about Nancy’s longing and struggles to belong somewhere. I love all the amazing details of each character and multiple worlds that McGuire has created. The characters are super relatable to kids growing into their teens, with problems that I would only dream of having. Once you’ve read this first book it is easy to move through the series. It will leave you wondering when a door to another world will open for you.Brittnie Hecht, Youth Services Library Assistant
“The girls were never present for the entrance interviews.” – first line
Children have always disappeared from Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere … else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced … they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.
About the Author
Seanan McGuire writes fantasy in a number of modes, from hardboiled private investigation in fairyland to paranormal chick lit; as Mira Grant, she writes horror. McGuire’s urban fantasies (such as the October Daye and InCryptid series) are set in richly detailed paranormal worlds, mixing the sparkle of fairy dust with the grit of modern cities and deftly incorporating supernatural beings from many traditions. Meanwhile, her gateway fantasies (such as the Wayward Children series) offer diverse characters and intriguingly atmospheric settings. The author’s language is finely chosen, handling moments of humor and darkness with equal ease.
How do you describe the books you love to read? Appeal terms help us describe what it is about a book that would make us recommend it to others.
Adult books for young adults, Fantasy Fiction, Gateway Fantasy
Amusing, Atmospheric, Whimsical
Upper Grades 9-12
Awards & More
Library Journal’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2016
Rainbow Book List 2017
American Library Association’s Alex Award 2017