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The Night Parade

Kathryn Tanquary


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Paperback (1/1/2017)


For fans of Coraline and Spirited Away comes a diverse fantasy debut steeped in Japanese mythology about a girl and a deadly curse.

The last thing thirteen-year-old Saki Yamamoto wants to do for her summer vacation is trade in exciting Tokyo for the antiquated rituals and bad cell reception of her grandmother's village. Preparing for the Obon ceremony is boring. Then the local kids take interest in Saki and she sees an opportunity for some fun, even if it means disrespecting her family's ancestral shrine on a malicious dare.

But as Saki rings the sacred bell, the darkness shifts. A death curse has been invoked…and Saki has three nights to undo it. With the help of three spirit guides and some unexpected friends, Saki must prove her worth—or say goodbye to the world of the living forever…

The Night Parade is perfect for:

Fantasy fans and kids 11 to 14 who love Spirited Away

Kids and teens looking for creepy, suspenseful stories

Adults looking for diverse books for kids

Mythology fans and kids 12 to 14

A 2017 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

A Kids' Indie Next Pick

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A 2017 Freeman Book Award Winner

Praise For The Night Parade

"Wonder and imagination abound in Tanquary’s debut, a fantasy set in a contemporary Japanese mountain village; filled with respect and admiration for cultural tradition, it evokes both Grimm’s fairy tales and Miyazaki’s films...Vivid details and realistic situations ensure accessibility, and subtle teaching moments are wrapped in wide-eyed enchantment. " — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[A] marvelous original debut novel, inspired by Japanese mythology and spookily reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s terrifying "Coraline." — The Buffalo News

"A suspenseful middle-grade fantasy debut evocative of Neil Gaiman's Coraline and classic films like Jim Henson's Labyrinth and Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away…This dark adventure serves as a terrific introduction to Japanese legends, with the weird and wondrous on full display. " — Shelf Awareness

"An entertaining mix of Japanese folklore and teen angst" — School Library Journal

"This adventurous story perfectly mixes Saki’s tech-savvy tendencies with ancient Japanese customs, nicely illustrating the connections between the past and the present." —

"Tanquary excels at creating a world where both Japanese beliefs and cosmic mythology are real and co-exist" — TeenReads

"This has significant shades of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, and it will appeal especially to readers with an interest in adventure stories and Japanese folklore." — Booklist

"This story will be a hit for those who are fans of The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, with its interesting characters and creative plot" — School Library Connection

Sourcebooks Young Readers, 9781492623243, 336pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2016

About the Author

Kathryn Tanquary is a graduate of Knox College with a B.A. in Creative Writing. She currently resides in Japan as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in the Gunma Prefecture.