Synopses & Reviews
Most people aren't very comfortable in the woods, but the woods of Briery Swamp fit May Bird like a fuzzy mitten. There, she is safe from school and the taunts and teases of kids who don't understand her. Hidden in the trees, May is a warrior princess, and her cat, Somber Kitty, is her brave guardian.
Then May falls into the lake.
When she crawls out, May finds herself in a world that most certainly does not feel like a fuzzy mitten. in fact, it is a place few living people have ever seen. Here towns glow blue beneath zipping stars and the people people? walk through walls. Here the Book of the Dead holds the answers to everything in the universe. And here, if May is discovered, the horrifying evil Bo Cleevil will turn her into nothing.
May Bird must get out.
"Following the tradition of works by Lewis Carroll and Frank Baum, this first book in a series features a child who enters the magical world of Ever After, where forces of good and evil are in combat." Publishers Weekly
"First episode of a projected three, this leaves May Bird in full flight through a vividly envisioned setting that's equal parts terror and tongue-in-cheek. Rare fun." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Anderson sets the unsettling, nightmarish tone of her offbeat fantasy in the first paragraph, then compounds the horror chapter after scary chapter....The first of a trilogy, this book leaves loads of tantalizing, unanswered questions." Booklist
About the Author
Jodi Lynn Anderson lives in Georgia, where she eats peaches, peach pie, and peach ice cream on a regular basis.
Table of Contents
Part One: Into the Woods
Chapter One: A Sack of Beans
Chapter Two: A Letter From Before
Chapter Three: Beyond the Endless Briers
Chapter Four: A Stranger Arrives
Chapter Five: What Lives in the Lake?
Chapter Six: The Hauntings
Chapter Seven: Light Underwater
Chapter Eight: The Beginning
Part Two: The Ever After
Chapter Nine: A Faraway Shore
Chapter Ten: "Make the Most of Your Eternity!"
Chapter Eleven: Beehive House
Chapter Twelve: Belle Morte
Chapter Thirteen: The Undertaker
Chapter Fourteen: The Bogey Arrives
Chapter Fifteen: By the Sea
Chapter Sixteen: Dark Spirits Afoot
Chapter Seventeen: Into the Catacombs
Chapter Eighteen: A Deadly Mistake
Chapter Nineteen: The Cave Dwellers
Chapter Twenty: Nine Knaves Grotto
Chapter Twenty-one: John the Jibber
Chapter Twenty-two: Into the Outskirts
Chapter Twenty-three: The City of Ether
Chapter Twenty-four: May, Alone
Chapter Twenty-five: Beatrice and Fabbio
Chapter Twenty-six: The Eternal Edifice
Chapter Twenty-seven: The Book of the Dead
Chapter Twenty-eight: Nothingness
Chapter Twenty-nine: The Station
Chapter Thirty: The Black Shucks
Chapter Thirty-one: A Figure in the Distance
Chapter Thirty-two: The Train Headed North