Book, Beast, and Crow (Hardcover)

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Book, Beast, and Crow (Hardcover)


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Part The Hazel Wood, part Stranger Things, this spine-tingling, genre-bending novel from Elizabeth Byrne will leave readers breathless as they follow a group of teens who face catastrophic consequences after their friend gets bitten by the town’s most feared creature.

Anna Kellogg has always felt different. Growing up in Hartwood, New Jersey—where frequent disappearances are attributed to an urban-legend-like beast that dwells in the walled-in swamp at the center of town—can have that effect on people. But for Anna, it’s more than that. Since she was a child, she’s been plagued by episodes where she sees things others can’t see. Feeling different is one thing, but actually being different is another. If it weren’t for her best friend, Olivia, Anna’s not sure where she’d fit in.

But any hopes of having a normal senior year come to a halt when Olivia is attacked in the woods, bitten, and left for dead by a whirling cyclone of claws, fur, and teeth. Though Olivia survives, a sinister entity makes it clear that the mark had been set on Anna…and the miss has set in motion a catastrophic shift that will change Anna and her friends’ lives forever.

Elizabeth Byrne grew up in New Jersey and earned her MFA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. You can find her on Twitter @heylizbyrne.

"Byrne successfully weaves mythology and dark fantasy threads into the setting of a New Jersey town that otherwise seems all too ordinary, and the fantastic contrasted with the familiar gives the book additional appeal."   — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Byrne has a free-flowing style. Give this to readers of weird, witchy books." — Booklist

"Byrne is able to blend various genres of fiction. A satisfying ending [and] a good starter suspense tale for middle schoolers." — School Library Journal