The Crosswood

  • Pages:120
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Currents
  • Themes:faeries, secrets, fairy magic books, enchanted forests, magic
  • Available:01/19/2021
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Reading Level:2.9
  • Lexile:HL460L
  • ATOS:3.3
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:U
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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!

“Readers will appreciate Prendergast’s clever ideas…A solid plot.”
– School Library Connection (SLC)

“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
Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection   | 2020  |  Commended
BC Books for BC Schools   | 2021  |  Commended
Chocolate Lily Book Awards   | 2023  |  Short-listed
Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - Diamond Willow   | 2023  |  Nominated