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About the Author
Lena Coakley is the author of Witchlanders and Worlds of Ink and Shadow. She concentrated in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and now lives in Toronto. To learn more, visit the author online at lenacoakley.com.
Jaime Zollars is inspired by fairy tales, Flemish painters, and flea-market photographs. Among other things, she is an illustrator of children’s books and book covers. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
"[Coakley] strikes a thoughtful balance between fairy tales and the realistic feelings of loss and love."
"Coakley offers up a secretive tale with an abundance of turns and surprises . . . readers pulled in by the premise will enjoy puzzling through unreliable-narrator Wicked Nix's mysteries. This dark twist on the old legend of stolen children is a spooky, compelling read."
— Kirkus Reviews
"This is a magical fairy tale that leaves the reader’s heart aching for an abandoned, homeless child in the forest, and culminates with a touching ending."
— School Library Connection
"Read alone or read aloud, Coakley’s tale has a tangible sense of wonder that conjures a cozy magic. A strong purchase."
— School Library Journal
"As Nix reveals himself to be an increasingly unreliable narrator, readers will guess Nix’s true nature and the human’s relation to him . . . [will] satisfy young readers who like their fairies more tricky than glitter."
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books