Where the Woods End

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Author: Salter, Charlotte

Brand: Dial Books

Color: Navy

Number Of Pages: 304

Release Date: 14-08-2018

Details: Product Description In a forest filled with treacherous beasts, the thing to be most afraid of is closer than you think in this middle grade horror fantasy. Kestrel, a young huntress, lives in a seemingly endless forest crawling with dangerous beasts. But the most dangerous beasts of all are the Grabbers--beings that are born when you are and stalk you throughout your life, waiting for the perfect moment to snatch and eat you. No one has ever defeated their Grabber once attacked, and those that die from accidents or other creatures are considered "lucky." Kestrel has been tasked by her mother, a powerful and controlling spell-caster, to hunt down the Grabbers in an effort to protect their village in the forest. Accompanied by Pippit, a hilariously bloodthirsty weasel, she hones her skills as she searches for a way out of the forest--and away from the judgmental villagers who despise her. But her own Grabber is creeping ever closer, and nothing in this forest is what it seems...including her mother's true motivations. Review ★ "Deliciously shivery" — Kirkus, starred review ★ "[At] the top of the pack of fantasy horror for tween readers. Give this to readers of Neil Gaiman and Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series." — School Library Connection, starred review  "Gorier than Gaiman, this novel is not for the faint of heart but packs a surprising emotional punch. Buy where complex horror-fantasy for young teens is in demand." — School Library Journal"Bone-tingling scary." — BCCB"Hand to readers who like their plots action-packed, their monsters fanged, and their fairy tales dark." — Booklist About the Author Charlotte Salter lives in England, and has a Master's in Writing. She loves to tell stories and create dark, fantastical worlds. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. 1 The Hungry Hour The endless forest was as dark as the back of a wolf’s throat, and it was filled with countless horrors. Cats with too many eyes. Dogs with teeth as long as knitting needles. Ravenous birds with razor-tipped feathers. And that was only the beginning. Every night, all of the people who lived in the forest’s only village slammed their doors, pulled the sheets up to their chins, and crossed their fingers that they would survive till morning. Well. All except one. Kestrel had been lurking in the branches of a moonlit tree since sundown. It was the Hungry Hour, the time before sunrise when the forest was darkest and most dangerous. Here she was, a ready-made monster meal, completely and utterly alone. So why had nothing tried to kill her yet? “Help,” she said unconvincingly. Kestrel sighed and wriggled her nose to try and get some blood back into it. She was hanging upside down, her knees hooked over a branch, swinging gently like a sock on a wash line. It was part of her research on bats. She wanted to know what was so good about being upside down all the time, but so far it had only made her feel sick. She’d write it down later—right side up is BETTER—adding another tiny bit of knowledge to everything she knew about the forest. The more she knew, the better she’d be able to work out its secrets. And the more she knew about its secrets, the sooner she’d be able to escape. Kestrel touched the hard leather book stuffed under her shirt. It had belonged to her grandma, Granmos. It was crammed full of Granmos’s terrifying descriptions of the most dangerous places in the forest, notes on the monsters that lived there, and some truly unique, stomach-churning recipes. Kestrel had added her own carefully written additions, such as ghosts are scared of cheese and don’t touch those weird yellow frogs ever again, I MEAN IT. She was proud of her notebook. Then she checked the rest of her arsenal. There was a slingshot up her sleeve. Her favorite weapon, a spoon with a sharpened handle, was wedged in her boot. Lastly, there was reeking pork fat in her pocket and a necklace of tasty chicken bones hanging around her neck, w

EAN: 9780735229235

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: New