The Door in the Forest (Hardcover)

By Roderick Townley

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780375856013, 256pp.

Publication Date: March 22, 2011



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 has taught in Chile on a Fulbright Fellowship, worked in New York as a journalist, and now devotes his time to writing. His highly acclaimed novels include "The Blue Shoe," "The Red Thread," "Sky," and the three books of the Sylvie Cycle: "The Great Good Thing," "Into the Labyrinth," and "The Constellation of Sylvie." You can read more about his work at

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