A spellbinding tale of magical realism and a superb, twisty retelling of The Secret Garden, in which twelve-year-old Lottie's colourful world turns suddenly grey when her parents are killed in an unexpected accident, and she is uprooted from her home to live with an eccentric uncle she never knew she had—on the border between the living and the dead.
Lottie lives in Vivelle, the bright heart of a city where everything is in dazzling technicolour and almost everyone possesses magic. Lottie is no exception; she can bring photographs to life in every colour or shade conceivable. But, with the unexpected death of her parents, Lottie's heart and the world around her lose all colour. Lottie moves into Forsaken, his large house lying in the grey wasteland between the Country of the Living and Ever After, the land of the dead, after being taken in by her reclusive, eccentric uncle.
The discovery of a locked-up garden, a wise cardinal, a hidden boy, and a family whose world is full of colour despite the bleakness around them begins to unravel the threads of what it means to live in such a near-dead place, gradually restoring some of the colour to Lottie's private world and giving her hope that life is worth experiencing fully, even while carrying sorrow.
But, as time passes, Lottie must find a way to thaw both the earth and the hearts of her uncle, cousin, and others she has grown to know and love in her new home, or all of Forsaken—including Lottie herself—will be consumed by Ever After much too soon.
An exquisitely written, richly imagined, stunning portrait of love and loss, magic and hope; a true celebration of the strength we all possess to transcend tragedy—and the gifts that make life worth living.
Hardcover. 304 pages.
Suggested for ages 10 and up.
Praise for The Edge of In Between:
“A lyrical, graceful conjuring of the landscape of grief [that] doesn't just reimagine a children's classic, but does it with great love.”—Jacqueline West, author of The Books of Elsewhere series and Long Lost
“Brilliant and empowering…a book that belongs in the hands of every middle-grade reader.” —Lindsay Currie, author of What Lives in the Woods
"Richly layered with emotional truths, The Edge of In Between embraces all the fragile elements of grief and sorrow, hope and love—as well as the strength (so very much like magic) that resides inside us all." —Heather Kassner, author of The Plentiful Darkness
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lorelei Savaryn enjoys authoring creepy, magical stories for children. She holds a BA in creative writing and is a former elementary teacher and instructional coach. A Catholic convert and homeschool mother of four children, she resides with her family outside Chicago, Illinois. She also wrote The Circus of Stolen Dreams for young readers.