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published: Jan 2021
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

The Crosswood

by Gabrielle Prendergast

tagged: fantasy & magic, non-classifiable

In the first book of the Faerie Woods series, Blue must find his way into the magical forest known as the Crosswood and through the dangerous Faerie lands beyond it.

Fourteen-year-old Blue Jasper takes his younger siblings, twins Indigo and Violet, out for a hike to give their mother a break. One moment the twins are scampering in the trees right ahead of him, and the next moment they are gone. As Blue frantically searches for them, a strange woman appears in the forest claiming to be the Faerie Queen Olea of Nearwood and the twins’ real mother. Now because of a magical pact, Blue's mother's life will be in danger if he can't find the twins before the next sunset. Will he be able to find the twins in time? And will they be able to find their way out again?

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for middle-grade readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read!

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
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard 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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