The Door in the Forest

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The Door in the Forest

By Roderick Townley

Bluefire, Paperback, 9780375847424, 245pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 2012


At the mid point of three towns, in the center of three streams, in the heart of a forest, lies a mysterious island. Encircled by quicksand and sewn shut by vines, it is impenetrable to all but the poisonous snakes patrolling its waters. But Daniel is determined to get there, along with his friend Emily.

Emily is a bit mysterious herself. A girl who seems to know more than she can say, whose mother was taken away by government troops, and whose eccentric grandmother reads the future in her bubble bath.

Enter the soldiers. Their menacing commander is terribly interested in sleepy little Everwood. Is he searching for something? A treasure map? The island? The girl?

Roderick Townley spins a magical tale of lies and truths, of secrets kept and secrets revealed.

Sooner or later, we all must step through the door in the forest.

About the Author
Roderick Townley's first book about Sylvie, "The Great Good Thing", was a Top-Ten Book Sense Pick, praised by "Kirkus Reviews" as "utterly winning...a book beloved from the first page." Its sequel, "Into the Labyrinth", was hailed by the "New York Times" as "a hopping fine read." The present volume completes the Sylvie cycle.

Mr. Townley has also published the novel "Sky", described by VOYA as "one hell of a book," as well as volumes of poetry, nonfiction, and literary criticism. He has two children, Jesse and Grace, and is married to author Wyatt Townley.

Praise For The Door in the Forest

"[A] moving fantasy . . . Townley provides revelations that are both comic and awesome. Reminiscent of the work of Diana Wynne Jones, this lovely tale should impress young readers."
Publishers Weekly