The Wicker King (Paperback)

By K. Ancrum

Square Fish, 9781250101556, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (10/31/2017)

List Price: 10.99*
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Description

The Wicker King is a psychological young adult thriller that follows two friends struggling as one spirals into madness.

"An eerie and mesmerizing thriller that questions the space where reality and perception overlap, The Wicker King is a spine-tingling read that will have you riveted." —Caleb Roerhrig, author of Last Seen Leaving and White Rabbit

Jack once saved August's life . . . now can August save him?

August is a misfit with a pyro streak and Jack is a golden boy on the varsity rugby team—but their intense friendship goes way back. Jack begins to see increasingly vivid hallucinations that take the form of an elaborate fantasy kingdom creeping into the edges of the real world. With their parents’ unreliable behavior, August decides to help Jack the way he always has—on his own. He accepts the visions as reality, even when Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy.

August and Jack alienate everyone around them as they struggle with their sanity, free falling into the surreal fantasy world that feels made for them. In the end, each one must choose his own truth.

Written in vivid micro-fiction with a stream-of-consciousness feel and multimedia elements, K. Ancrum's The Wicker King touches on themes of mental health and explores a codependent relationship fraught with tension, madness and love.

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Praise for The Wicker King:

"An eerie piece of realistic fiction whose characters revel in intense emotions . . . . A haunting story that bravely explores friendship and mental illness." —Kirkus Reviews

"Reluctant reader—friendly flash fiction and packs a punch despite its brevity. . . . Like Libba Bray's Going Bovine, Ancrum delves into the blurry space between reality and madness. . . . A haunting and provocative read that will keep teens riveted." —School Library Journal

"A haunting story that bravely explores friendship and mental illness." —Kirkus Reviews

"An eerie and mesmerizing thriller that questions the space where reality and perception overlap, The Wicker King is a spine-tingling read that will have you riveted." —Caleb Roerhrig, author of Last Seen Leaving and White Rabbit



About the Author

K. Ancrum grew up in Chicago Illinois, under the illusory rigor of the Chicago Public School system. She attended Dominican University to study Fashion Merchandizing, but was lured into getting an English degree after spending too many nights experimenting with hard literary criticism and hanging out with unsavory types, like poetry students. Currently, she lives in River North, Chicago, and writes books at work when no one is looking. She is the author of The Wicker King.


Praise For The Wicker King

Praise for The Wicker King:

"An eerie and mesmerizing thriller that questions the space where reality and perception overlap, The Wicker King is a spine-tingling read that will have you riveted." —Caleb Roerhrig, author of Last Seen Leaving and White Rabbit

"An eerie piece of realistic fiction whose characters revel in intense emotions . . . . A haunting story that bravely explores friendship and mental illness." —Kirkus Reviews

"Reluctant reader—friendly flash fiction and packs a punch despite its brevity. . . . Like Libba Bray's Going Bovine, Ancrum delves into the blurry space between reality and madness. . . . A haunting and provocative read that will keep teens riveted." —School Library Journal

"A haunting story that bravely explores friendship and mental illness." —Kirkus Reviews