DREAMWOOD is my first book, out now from Putnam (Penguin). Lucy Darrington has no choice but to run away from boarding school. Her father, an expert on the supernatural, has been away for too long while doing research in Saarthe, a remote territory in the Pacific Northwest populated by towering redwoods, timber barons, and the Lupine people. But upon arriving, she learns her father is missing: Rumor has it heâ€™s gone in search of dreamwood, a rare tree with magical properties that just might hold the cure for the blight thatâ€™s ravaging the forests of Saarthe. Determined to find her father (and possibly save Saarthe), Lucy and her vexingly stubborn friend Pete follow William Darringtonâ€™s trail to the deadly woods on Devilâ€™s Thumb. As they encounter Lupine princesses, giant sea serpents, and all manner of terrifying creatures, Lucy hasnâ€™t reckoned that the dreamwood itself might be the greatest threat of all.
Here are some lovely things reviewers have said:
â€œA stunning debut with equal parts originality and heart.â€ â€“Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
â€œVivid descriptions â€¦ capture the imagination at every turn. Dialogue and perilous situations nudge the story along at a steady clip, with the second half a breathless page turner.â€ â€“School Library Journal
â€œAs the story races from one fantastic or frightening adventure to the next, it skillfully combines reality with fantasy. â€¦ pure fun.â€ â€“VOYA
â€œMackeyâ€™s descriptions of the creatures and hazards of the dreamwood are gorgeous and lush, a fantastic setting for a fantastic tale.â€ â€“Booklist
And thanks to Holly Goldberg Sloan (author of must-read COUNTING BY 7S) for this amazing blurb: â€œWildly inventive. Like this novel, Lucy is brave, smart, and destined for greatness.â€