Today we are excited to introduce you to The Wicked Tree by Kristin Thorsness.
The Wicked Tree
Deep in the woods, a gnarled tree grows. Its thick, black trunk twists angrily up into the night sky. Held in place by the magic of a long-ago patriarch, it has waited centuries to lure a descendant into its trap.
When Tavorian Kreet and his mom move in with his great-grandmother, Tav is forbidden to go into the woods on the estate. But like most eleven-year-olds, he just can’t resist.
After secretly exploring the woods, Tav begins having dreams about a supernatural tree. Soon, the dreams change from pleasant to dark and menacing. On a dare, Tav ventures farther into the woods with his new friend, Harper. There, they meet a mysterious, mute boy named Edward who lives in a decrepit cabin nearby. Afraid, and unable to speak, Edward scrawls “Wicked Tree” on the ground.
Determined to help Edward, Tav enlists Harper, and they search the estate for clues to Edward’s identity and how to help him.
With Harper’s help, Tav pieces together the Kreet family history and discovers an ancient curse. If Tav wants to save his friends and family, he must go into the heart of the woods, find the Wicked Tree, and confront a most evil magic.
THE WICKED TREE, a MG dark fantasy that will appeal to fans of Jonathan Auxier’s THE NIGHT GARDENER and Mary Downing Hahn’s TOOK. If you love SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, then THE WICKED TREE is for you!
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The Wicked Tree Excerpt:
Great-Grandma Eunice didn’t speak, but Tav thought he detected a hint of a smile on her lips as he slid into a chair across the table from her. She sat with her back to the brown brick wall. Like most of the once-grand house, the bricks were crumbling. Great-Grandma Eunice’s rattish eyes, which were too small for her face, snapped over to stare at Tav. He blinked and looked away. He remembered hearing his Grandma Rebecca—his mom’s mom—telling his dad that all the Virginia relatives were “strange” and Tav should be kept away from them. But after Grandma Rebecca died, it was just Tav and his mom, and his mom wanted Tav to live near family. She said it was what Tav’s dad would have wanted. Tav wasn’t so sure.
– Pg. 3
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About the Author: Kristin Thorsness is a former 5th and 6th grade teacher who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their son and daughter, and two spoiled dogs. She likes dark chocolate, strong coffee, and creepy stories that keep her up reading late into the night. For more info or to get in touch, visit her online at www.kristinthorsness.com.
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