Amber House: Neverwas
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545434188 Hardcover
320 Pages | 5.81" x 8.56" | Ages 14 & Up
"I was sixteen the second time I had my first kiss . . ."
After growing up in the free country of the Pacific Northwest, Sarah Parsons has settled in at Amber House, the stately Maryland home that's been in her family for generations. But the world surrounding the House feels deeply wrong to Sarah. It's a place where the colonists lost the 1776 Insurrection, where the American Confederation of States still struggles with segregation, and where Sarah is haunted by echoes of a better world that she knows never existed.
Her friend Jackson shares these visions of a different world and together, they manage to remember the way things ought to be, and plan a daring mission that will reset the universe once again. It will involve objects from the past, knowledge of the future, a leap into the unknown . . . and in the end, a sacrifice Sarah never imagined.
Raves & reviews:
* "Lush descriptions and an intricate plot drive this intense tale, which straddles the lines between magical realism, fantasy, ghost stories, and horror, with a touch of romance and classic glamour. The result is something rich, strange, and utterly fascinating." Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Swift plotting combines with vivid, cinematic prose to make this gothic tale compulsively readable, and an unexpected ending elevates the story beyond the genre . . . Complex, elegant, and haunting, this is a book that deserves to be read in one sitting." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"Move over Bella Swan: Sarah is a strong, admirable character who'd rather speak her mind than sulk and sigh over some hot guy. Richly woven, with depth and swift plotting that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels." Kirkus Reviews
b>Praise for Amber House: Neverwas:
"This gothic alt-history is spooky and spellbinding, but as Sarah is mostly bewildered by her visions, they are equally confusing for readers. An abrupt cliff-hanger means series fans must wait to see if Sarah has righted the world's history-or made it worse." Booklist
"...the plotting remains sophisticated and intricate, with a careful and deliberate unspooling of events that manages to effectively portray how the smallest of actions might change the course of world events." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books