"Braden sensitively demonstrates how isolating it can be to live with people who, despite good intentions, force their children to fulfill expectations that run counter to their own senses of self. . . . All the characters find ways to encourage each other, be less alone, and connect.”—Booklist, starred review
"Quigley adeptly creates strong classroom scenes that convey an inclusive student body’s realistic dynamic and an endearing, assured seven-year-old protagonist who appreciates her cultural identity." - PW, starred review
"A book to be read over and over for its intriguing story, illustrations, and captions." —School Library Journal, starred review
Janet Fox's THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE was her first foray into middle-grade, and gosh, it's gone well. So many great reviews and so much wonderful reader (and gatekeeper) response! Naturally, we're thrilled that the publisher of that novel, Viking, and editor Kendra Levin want to team up with Janet again. We are pleased that they have now signed THE LAST TRUE KNIGHT, a new standalone novel, for publication next fall!
My inner middle-grade reader luuurves this story, about 12-year-old Edwina, known as Weed, a girl who wants to be a knight—and who gets her chance after a tragedy, when she takes to the road to pursue her older brother's kidnapper and avenge her father's death. She is accompanied by her loyal cat and a peculiar aging knight whose magical stories not only presage the obstacles they face but hint at larger mysteries. They make their way to London, where Queen Elizabeth I reigns, picking up additional oddball travelers along the way and learning about the complexities of the wider world—and of Weed herself—as they go.
Can't wait for this one to hit shelves! Congratulations, Janet!