Synopses & Reviews
Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker once had everything: two loving parents, a beautiful house in San Francisco, and all the portable electronic devices they could want. But everything changed when Dr. Walker lost his job in the wake of a mysterious incident. Now in dire straits, the family must relocate to an old Victorian house that used to be the home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff — a house that feels simultaneously creepy and too good to be true.
By the time the Walkers realize that one of their neighbors has sinister plans for them, they're banished to a primeval forest way off the grid. Their parents? Gone. Their friends? A world away. And they aren't alone. Bloodthirsty medieval warriors patrol the woods around them, supernatural pirates roam the neighboring seas, and a power-hungry queen rules the land. To survive, the siblings will have to be braver than they ever thought possible — and fight against their darkest impulses. The key may lie in their own connection to the secret Kristoff legacy. But as they unravel that legacy, they'll discover it's not just their family that's in danger... it's the entire world.
From master storytellers Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini comes this wildly imagi-native fantasy about a family's journey to find its way home.
About the Author
Chris Columbus has written, directed, and produced some of the most successful box-office hits in Hollywood history. He first made his name by writing several original scripts produced by Steven Spielberg, including the back-to-back hits Gremlins
and The Goonies
. As a director, Columbus has been at the helm of such iconic projects as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
, Home Alone
, and Mrs. Doubtfire
. As a producer, Columbus was also behind the hit films Night at the Museum
and The Help
Ned Vizzini is the best-selling author of the acclaimed young-adult books It's Kind of a Funny Story (also a major motion picture), Be More Chill, Teen Angst? Naaah . . . , and The Other Normals. He has written for the New York Times, Salon, and the L Magazine. In television he has written for ABC and for MTV's Teen Wolf.
Ned Vizzini began writing for the New York Press at the age of fifteen. At seventeen, he was asked to write a piece for the New York Times Magazine, and at nineteen, he published Teen Angst? Naah . . . , his autobiography of his years at Stuyvesant High School. He is also the author of The Other Normals, It's Kind of a Funny Story, and Be More Chill. In television, he has written for season two of MTV's Teen Wolf and currently writes for ABC's Last Resort. His work has been translated into seven languages. He is the coauthor, with Chris Columbus, of the forthcoming fantasy-adventure series House of Secrets.