MARY PASCUAL at Books Inc. Palo Alto

Author image of Mary Pascual and cover photo of her book Walk the Web Lightly

Join Books Inc. Palo Alto for a the launch party of Mary Pascual's new YA fantasy novel Walk the Web Lightly!

Fourteen-year-old Naya’s artist family can secretly see time, but she wants to be a doctor. To win her dream she has to rise to Grandmother’s challenge—but someone who’s after their secrets is rigging events and getting in her way. Good thing she’s too smart to get caught. Right?

Naya’s family is all about heritage: their art, their traditions, their secret ability to see time. They expect her to follow in their footsteps, creating art and keeping their powers concealed. But she wants to be a doctor—and you can’t do that if you’re hiding all the time! When a chance to go to medical science camp comes up, her family disapproves, but Grandmother challenges her to a contest: if she can weave her soul wrap before the camp begins, she can go; if she fails, she has to say good-bye to her science dreams for good. With all of the knowledge of time at her fingertips, Naya is sure she can win. But someone is rigging events to learn her family’s secrets—and it turns out that what she doesn’t know could jeopardize everyone she loves.


“An inventive fantasy rich in family lore and helmed by a quick-witted lead.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A girl born into matriarchal magical power tries to forge her own way in the shimmering coming-of-age novel . . .”
Foreword Clarion Reviews

“Pascual expertly weaves friendship, family heritage, and the importance of the choices we make into a mesmerizing tale that’s both beautiful and entertaining. Readers will be inspired to find their own courage thanks to Pascual’s timeless story.”
—Katie Keridan, author of Reign Returned and Blood Divided

“A thrilling mix of magic and intrigue, art and science, family and friends. Naya’s family’s ability to peek into people’s stories by finger-walking the invisible threads that surround them is a beautiful complement to their work as textile artists; and it could be one of the most innovative creations I’ve ever read in a young adult story. The artist in me loved the weaving of threads, and the stay-up-too-late reader in me devoured the suspenseful storytelling.”
—Kristin Nilsen, author of Worldwide Crush

“An entertaining tale filled with mystery and heart and laced with magical elements. Walk The Web Lightly will keep you captivated until the very end!”
—Morgan Shamy, author of The Stricken


Mary Pascual is a writer and artist who believes finding magic is only a matter of perspective. She loves stories about characters with heart and fantastical settings that are more than meets the eye. She grew up in California and enjoys reading, art, traveling, exploring outside, and building elaborate stage sets for Halloween. Writing has taken her on a number of unexpected adventures, including working in high tech, meeting psychics, interviewing rock bands, and even once attending a press conference for Bigfoot. She got hooked on reading adult science fiction and fantasy in the fifth grade; in retrospect, much of her reading material was completely inappropriate (which probably explains a few things). She lives with her husband, son, and assorted demanding cats in San Jose, California.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Palo Alto
855 El Camino Real #74
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Walk the Web Lightly By Mary Pascual Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684632329
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Published: Sparkpress - May 7th, 2024