The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse

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In the center of the verdant Monarchy lies Dreadwillow Carse, a black and desolate bog that the happy people of the land do their best to ignore. Little is known about it, except for one dire warning:If any monarch enters Dreadwillow Carse, then the Monarchy will fall. Twelve-year-old Princess Jeniah, who awaits coronation at the bedside of her gravely ill mother, the queen, yearns to understand the mysterious warning. Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Emberfell, where everyone lives with unending joy, a girl named Aon hides a sorrow she can never reveal. She knows that something in the carse--something that sings a haunting tune only Aon can hear--holds the cure for her sadness. Yet no matter how many times she tries to enter, the terror-inducing dreadwillow trees keep her away. After a chance meeting, Princess Jeniah and Aon hatch a plan to send Aon into the heart of the carse to unlock its darkest secret. But when Aon doesn't return, a guilt-stricken Jeniah must enter the carse to try and rescue her friend--even if it means risking the entire Monarchy.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Young Readers,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9781616205058
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 22 cm.

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carinmilburn
Aug 07, 2016

OK story. kinda dark and deep for young kids. a little complicated. two characters who are not distinct or particularly appealing.

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marthabwaters
May 26, 2016

The cover and description of this book don't begin to hint at its surprising depth and thoughtfulness -- qualities that the author manages to balance with a thoroughly entertaining plot that won't turn off kids who are less interested in questions of morality. In short, there's something for everyone here, young and old, and I really, really liked it. It's strange to finish reading a middle grade fantasy pondering weighty ethical questions and the important role that sadness plays as a part of our lives. Bonus points for racially and sexually diverse characters being included without making it a focal point of the novel. A lovely book, beginning to end.

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