Middle Grade Books
THE HOUSE IN POPLAR WOOD (Chronicle Books)
K.E. Ormsbee's THE HOUSE IN POPLAR WOOD, about twin brothers cursed to serve as apprentices to Death and Memory, and a girl from town who asks for their help solving the murder of a local teen, to Taylor Norman at Chronicle Children's, by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency.
Coming Fall 2018
THE CURRENT & THE CURE
War has come to Albion Isle, and Lottie Fiske, a daughter of two worlds, might be the only one who can stop it.
After arriving in the strange and treacherous land of Dim, Lottie, Oliver, and Eliot must uncover answers to the mysteries that surround both their present and their past. And what of their friends above, on the other side of a perilous world gorge? The journey ahead promises new challenges, dangers, and revelations. But before Lottie can face any of those . . . can she forgive herself for past wrongs?
The spellbinding conclusion to K.E. Ormsbee’s Water and the Wild series arrives May 2018.
THE DOORWAY & THE DEEP (Chronicle Books)
Travel back to the enchanting and treacherous land of Limn, where Lottie Fiske has escaped the murderous Southerly King for the time being—but other perils are hard on her heels. War is coming to the beautiful world of magic that Lottie has come to love. Events are pushing her to the North, where many answers—about her parents and her abilities—await. But the road north is full of dangers, and the answers to her questions may be more dangerous still.
Likened to the works of E. Nesbit, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and C. S. Lewis, K. E. Ormsbee's vividly imagined world will appeal to readers who have been down the rabbit hole or through the wardrobe, and to anyone who has ever been braver than they thought they were.
THE WATER & THE WILD (Chronicle Books)
A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square. Its leaves are a sad emerald and its apples a cheery peridot, and at its roots—starts the story of Lottie Fiske.
For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her have been her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter-writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things and people are arriving on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot’s getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless.
And then a door opens in the apple tree.
Follow Lottie down through the apple roots to another world—a world of magic both treacherous and beautiful—in pursuit of the impossible: a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless, and protection against the pain of loss.
Out now! Available in hardcover and paperback.
♦ Selected as a Kids’ Indie Next Pick, Spring 2015
♦ 2017 Magnolia Award Nominee
"An eventful quest through a well-built fantasy world . . . offered with flavorful prose reminiscent of early Susan Cooper." - School Library Journal
"This fast-paced fantasy novel contains strong character development, wonderful mythological lore, and exciting fairy world building. . . . An exciting journey full of obstacles and fun action." - VOYA