The Weight of Worlds, Fall 2018
Lev Grossman’s Magicians meets CS Lewis’ Narnia in a haunting tale of two troubled sisters, bound together by blood and fate, who struggle to adjust to our world after spending years in another.
A Woodlands heart always finds its way home.
These are the words Evelyn Hapwell lives by. Six years ago, Evelyn was swept away to a strange and beautiful kingdom, where she lived with her brother and sister in a castle by the sea. But the Hapwell children were sent back to their old lives in our own world, and each day, Evelyn wakes up waiting to return to the Woodlands. As it becomes increasingly clear that there will be no triumphal home-going and that she is in fact, an exile, Evelyn struggles to come to terms with how to live in this world, and how to build a kingdom here. Because foreign policy and defending a country were simple enough, but boys and boarding school and friends in post-war England are another matter entirely.
Your sister’s gone missing.
Four words are all it takes to shatter Len Hapwell’s self-imposed exile in America. After fleeing from the fight to keep Evelyn grounded in reality, Len returns to London to find her sister has vanished, and no one knows what’s happened. Riddled with guilt over abandoning Ev, Len searches for answers while dealing with the fallout of Evelyn’s disappearance. To uncover the truth of what happened to her sister, Len will have to confront how deeply troubled Evelyn really was, and the lengths she was willing to go to for a chance to return to the kingdom of her heart.
North American publication: HarperTeen; UK publication: Chicken House; French language publication: Pocket Jeunesse; Spanish language publication: HarperEspanol