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Jacqueline West, Writer

Bestselling author and poet

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In the spellbinding sequel to New York Times–bestselling author Jacqueline West's The Collectors, eleven-year-old Van Markson embarks on a quest full of magic and adventure to rescue his best friend from a dangerous wish collector.

This contemporary fantasy is just right for fans of Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Secret Keepers and Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener.

It’s been only a few weeks since Van uncovered a magical secret—that wishes really can come true, and that a mysterious society called the Collectors protects us from the dire consequences even the smallest wish can have. Van knows only too well how wishing can go awry: his mother is recovering from a broken leg, his friend Pebble has been stolen away by the evil wish collector Mr. Falborg, dozens of dangerous creatures called Wish Eaters have escaped into the world, and Van himself has almost died—twice—all because of wishes.

When Van's mother is offered a position at the renowned Fox Den Opera, located in the quiet, beautiful forest a few hours north of the city, she whisks Van away with her, hoping this will be a safer home for their family of two. But Fox Den is home to an ancient Wish Eater—a powerful creature with the ability to grant wishes that have catastrophic consequences; a Wish Eater Mr. Falborg would love to get his hands on. Van must team up with the Collectors and find a way to stop him before he makes a wish that leaves the world in chaos.

New York Times–bestselling author Jacqueline West takes readers on an adventure with magic woven through every page. Fans of Cassie Beasley's Circus Mirandus and Robert Beatty's Serafina and the Black Cloak will love the thrilling conclusion to the magical journey begun in The Collectors.

"...Van and readers both must question right and wrong in a fairy tale in which the good guys use questionable methods and the monsters might not be so monstrous after all. A warm and enchanting read."
-Kirkus

"West's second Collectors novel crackles with magic and action."
-Star Tribune

"West delivers a satisfying and thrilling sequel...with her well-written characters, expanding mythology, action-packed moments, breathtaking magic, and heartwarming friendships."
-Booklist

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The Shadows
Volume 1

Spellbound
Volume 2

The Second Spy
Volume 3

The Strangers
Volume 4

Still Life
Volume 5

 

The house is as much a character as are Olive, Morton, and her family, and a wicked sense of humor tempers the book's creepiness. A suspenseful plot and insight into childhood loneliness - handily amplified by Bernatene's moody and dramtically lit b&w illustrations - will have readers anxiously awaiting the next book.

- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Middle-grade writing as it should be."

- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Beautifully written, deliciously scary..."

Buffalo News

West creates a delightful concoction of quirky humor blended with a rumbling ominous undertone...

- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review

Ms. West's deliberate choice of words and lyrical phrasing reveal her background as a poet. Her understated storytelling style, fast pacing and realistic heroine Olive are sure to please reluctant and experienced readers alike.

- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 5, 2010

THE SHADOWS is creative, exciting, hilarious, spooky, mysterious, adventurous, and heaps of fun, all wrapped between two covers.

- KidsReads.com

The fast moving plot aided by talking cats and excellent black and white drawings will grab the attention of even the most reluctant middle school reader. Laced with just the right amount of spookies and mystery, watching Olive put all the pieces together and overcome her fears is a delight.

- Monsters and Critics

A fantastic story full of magic and mysteries that starts when a young girl climbs into an old painting.

San Francisco Chronicle

"I found The Shadows mesmerizing, partly due to the story itself; partly due to Jacqueline West’s remarkable writing."

- San Francisco Book Review

Jacqueline West builds an eerie and mysterious world. A steady stream of details ensures that readers will continue turning the pages as they try to solve the mystery of Olive's house along with her.

- Junior Library Guild, Summer Selection

[West] has a knack for description and excellent prose. There’s a sense of the weird and creepy throughout the book, like in roald dahl’s best stories... I couldn’t wait to see what it said next.

- Forever Young Adult

This is an absolutely lovely read for the connoisseur of fantasy for the young... West's writing carries things along just swimmingly, with enough description to make things come alive in vivid detail without hindering the build-up of tension. I enjoyed it tremendously, and recommend it highly, and eagerly anticipate the next book.

- Charlotte ’s Library

West's writing is something special...She has woven the tension of a good mystery with magical touches that make this book sparkle. This is a book to be raced through and then read again...

- Kids Lit

Golly, this is a good read even if you’re seven times as old as you’re supposed to be.

- Dave Wood’s Book Report

[Olive is] an intrepid adventurer, the more charming for her determination to overcome her fears. West brings this launch title to a roundly satisfying close but leaves room for plenty more excursions to Elsewhere.

- Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness

With illustrations from Poly Bernatene enhancing the strong haunted house mystery, Jacqueline West provides an exhilarating middle school age tale.

- The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews, May 22, 2010

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