Wormwood Mire (Hardcover)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781481443708, 288pp.
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
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Eleven-year-old Stella Montgomery has always wondered about her family. What happened to her mother? And could she have a long-lost sister somewhere? Stella’s awful Aunts refuse to tell her anything, and now they have sent her Stella away to the old family home at Wormwood Mire, where she must live with two strange cousins and their governess.
But dark secrets slither and skulk within overgrown grounds of the moldering house, and Stella must be brave if she’s to find out who—or what—she really is…
About the Author
Judith Rossell worked as a government scientist (not a mad scientist, a normal kind of scientist), for a cotton spinning company (which made threads for t-shirts and tea bags), and studied textile design in Scotland before becoming a full-time author and illustrator. She has illustrated or written nearly a hundred children’s books, including some by such internationally bestselling authors as Garth Nix and Jackie French. Jude lives in Melbourne, which is down in the bottom right corner of Australia, with a cat the size of a walrus. Visit her at JudithRossell.com.
Praise For Wormwood Mire…
— Kirkus Reviews
"Rewarding, poetic, old-fashioned, warm but never treacly, and packed with dramatic tension, and although major plot points are resolved, there’s still room for another look at this world and Stella’s evolving place within it—fingers crossed."
“Shades of Lemony Snicket’s own Dr. Montgomery, herpetologist guardian of the Beaudelaire children, are present here, and Rossell’s eccentric characters and tragedy-tinged mystery will likely attract similar readers. Danger, hidden rooms, revelations, and a dash of fantasy make this an entertaining and satisfying sequel.”