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published: Jan 2021
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

The Crosswood

by Gabrielle Prendergast

tagged: fantasy & magic, non-classifiable

Key Selling Points

  • In The Crosswood, a young teen has to enter a magical forest to rescue his twin siblings when they are kidnapped by a Faerie king.
  • This is the first book in the Faerie Woods series in the Orca Currents line.
  • The book examines family dynamics and the danger of keeping secrets in an exciting fantasy world.
  • Set in an enchanted Faerie kingdom, this book is filled with fantastical and dark creatures and the usual rules do not apply.
  • Gabrielle Prendergast has written books in many genres, including the Nahx Invasions series, a sci-fi fantasy series that includes the award-winning Zero Repeat Forever and Cold Falling White .
  • New, enhanced features (dyslexia-friendly font, cream paper, larger trim size) to increase reading accessibility for dyslexic and other striving readers.
About the Author

Gabrielle Prendergast is an award-winning writer, teacher and designer. She has written many books for young people, including the BC Book Prize–winning Zero Repeat Forever and the Westchester Award winner Audacious. She is also the author of the Faerie Woods series in the Orca Currents line, which includes The Crosswood, The Wherewood and The Overwood. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family.

Contributor Notes

Gabrielle Prendergast is an award-winning author who has written a number of books for young people, including Audacious, winner of the Westchester Award, Zero Repeat Forever, winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Prize for Children's Literature, and Pandas on the Eastside, which was shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the Vancouver Book Award. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and has taught writing at Sydney University, San Francisco State University, UBC and Royal Canadian College. She lives in Vancouver.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
  • , Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - Diamond Willow
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Awards
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Diamond Willow Award
  • , Chocolate Lily Award
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild Selection
Editorial Reviews

“Excellent…A fast-moving urban fantasy with a likeable hero trying to do his best in an untenable situation...The Crosswood is a great high interest addition to the fantasy genre. Highly Recommended.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Readers will appreciate Prendergast’s clever ideas…A solid plot.”

— School Library Connection (SLC)

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