Twelve-year-old Josephine Russing lives alone with her father. Mr. Russing is a distant, cold man best known for his insistence that every member of their town wear gloves at all times, just as he does–even at home–and just as he forces his daughter to do as well. Then one day Josephine meets a boy named Fargus. But when she tries to follow him, he mysteriously disappears and Josephine finds herself in another world called Gulm. Gulm is ruled by the “Master,” a terrifying villain who has taken all the children of Gulm. With Fargus by her side, and joined by Fargus’s friend Ida, Josephine must try to find her way home. As the trio attempt to evade the Master, they encounter numerous adventures and discover the surprising truth about the land of Gulm, and Josephine’s own life back home.
“With a quirky and charming style that should draw in readers from the outset, Cohagan’s debut is a gently creepy, captivating fantasy about loss, determination, and hope.”
– Publisher’s Weekly
“Entrancing debut fantasy . . . pulses with life and promise”
– Austin-American Statesman
“This nifty fantasy from a new author has everything: villains, laughs, frights, and a great surprise twist at the end.”
This novel was intense and dark and haunting in many ways, but I love what the author did with the source material (the fairy tale of "Red Rose and Snow White") and she really made me think about the world of fairy tales in a new ...
This book captures a very specific feeling of being a teenage girl and for me a very specific time period in the late 80's/early 90's. Blake Nelson does an incredible job capturing the voice of his heroine and I was transported back to 15.