~ Riverland ~ (Middle Grade)

Riverland – coming April 9, 2019 from Abrams Books 
Preorder: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Indiebound

Once upon a time, there were two sisters who rescued each other.

When things go bad at home, sisters Eleanor and Mike hide in a secret place under Eleanor’s bed, telling monster stories. Often, it seems those stories and their mother’s house magic are all that keep them safe from both busybodies and their dad’s temper. But when their father breaks a family heirloom, a glass witch ball, a river suddenly appears beneath the bed, and Eleanor and Mike fall into a world where dreams are born, nightmares struggle to break into the real world, and secrets have big consequences. Full of both adventure and heart, Riverland is a story about the bond between two sisters and how they must make their own magic to protect each other and save the ones they love.

Cover by Robert Frank Hunter.

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Oh my gosh @abramskids the #RIVERLAND #arcs (they’re *here*!!!) are so beautiful. * RIVERLAND is about family, about the stories we tell when things are far from perfect. It’s about dreams and nightmares. It is about two sisters saving themselves and each other (plus a driftwood and beach glass heron, a pony made of dish towels, and friends who live closer to home). * My amazing, insightful editor @maggielehrman at Abrams Books wrote recently, "There’s magic and adventure, … and Fran grounds her story in the real lives of Eleanor and Mike, sisters whose love for each other radiates off the page.” * For a long time, this was the book I swore I would never write. I wasn’t sure I was strong enough. The topic is tough, but it’s important—one often misrepresented, oversimplified, or sensationalized in mainstream media—and while I hope so many things for this book, the biggest one is that it is on the shelf for the young person who needs to read it, and for their friends too. * If you’re an #mgbooks friend and would like to know more, please let me know. #april2019 #middlegradebooks #middlegradefantasy (Oh and what arrived right after the books? Stickers and cards too – my hand slipped over at @moo.com. I’m looking forward to sharing some blurbs also… soon!) (Gorgeous cover by @roberthunter!)

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Read an excerpt at B&N Kids!