Between the Water and the Woods (Paperback)

By Simone Snaith, Sara Kipin (Illustrator)

Holiday House, 9780823446698, 320pp.

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (3/19/2019)

List Price: 9.99*
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Emeline's quiet village has three important rules:
Don't look at the shadows.
Don't cross the river.
And don't enter the forest.

An illustrated fantasy filled with beauty and power, Between the Water and the Woods sweeps you into a world where forests are hungry; knights fight with whips; the king is dying; and a peasant girl's magic will decide the future of the realm . . .

When Emeline's little brother breaks all three of their village's rules, she is forced to use her family's forbidden magic to rescue him from the dark things he awakens, the Ithin. Now that the Ithin are afoot in the land, she must, by law, travel to the royal court and warn the king. But the only way she and her family can make the journey to the capital is with the protection of a sour magister and a handsome, whip-wielding Lash Knight. Will Emeline survive in a city where conspiracies swirl like smoke and her magic is all but outlawed?

Seven full-page black-and-white illustrations accompany Between the Water and the Woods, a lush, fairy-tale-style fantasy perfect for readers of Karen Cushman and Shannon Hale.

About the Author

Simone Snaith is originally from Louisiana but now lives in L.A., where she sings in the New Wave band Turning Violet and works as a freelance journalist. She loves sci-fi, fantasy, music, deep forests, and all things '80s. Follow her @schimonie.

Sara Kipin is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art's illustration program and works as a color stylist at Warner Bros. Animation. She has also worked at Marvel Animation and Nickelodeon, and illustrated Leigh Bardugo's New York Times bestselling book The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic. Sara lives in Burbank, California. Follow her @sarakipin.

Praise For Between the Water and the Woods

"A delightfully fresh fantasy that mixes science and magic in fascinatingly complex ways." —School Library Journal

"Political intrigue, magic, knights, dark creatures, a small love story, and an intense battle with Ithin and automatons keep the pages turning. Emeline’s strong voice guides her audience through this fantasy adventure, and readers will be eagerly waiting to see what else will happen to Emeline and her family." School Library Connection