For five spunky cousins, what begins as a typical summer day on their grandmother’s farm quickly becomes the adventure of a lifetime when they tumble through an old wishing well and land in a world populated by quirky characters, breathtaking scenery, and unimaginable evil.
Margot Chadwick and he four cousins have always loved adventure. Growing up roaming the rolling hills and deep valleys of their Grandmother’s farm, they always yearned to discover another land, just like in their storybooks. One day, the five cousins find an old-fashioned wishing well that they’ve never seen on the property before. When the youngest, Holly, makes a wish, the children are whisked away to the enchanted realm of Soltaria. Not long after arriving in this strange new world the youngest cousin, Holly, is kidnapped by Kali, a fearsome villain who embodies fear itself. Margot, our fiercely independent, slightly bossy, and altogether fearless protagonist, has read every great adventure story known to man and decides to take her siblings on a wild journey across an unknown land to save their cousin. Along the way they are joined by a genius princess who is afraid to leave her castle, a warrior who is destined for greatness but is still struggling through the many challenges of being twelve years old, Pelli the fearful dragon, and a goddess of time embodied in an irascible eleven year girl whose vocabulary could put an Oxford professor to shame. While the company travels across the kingdoms of Soltaria they are faced with a growing evil in the south, and creature that stalk the children by night. As the evil grows stronger the children begin to wonder if they will ever reach Holly, or if their fears will get the best of them.
THE WAY HOME is a midgrade fantasy novel, completed at 55,000 words. Fans of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and THE PENDERWICKS will enjoy this playful romp through a wonderfully strange land that delves into the true meaning of family, friendship, fear, and the unparalleled magic of being a child.
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