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The Radiant Road (Hardcover)

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As of writing this, The Radiant Road is the most recent thing I’ve read, but I have a feeling it’s going to stick with me for a long time, just as her previous book, Summer & Bird, has. The story of a girl who sees the magic (or Strange with a capital “S”) in everyday life, Clare quickly falls into fantastical danger when she moves back to her birthplace in Ireland. The ability to love and create is at stake, and Catmull beautifully explores the themes of both. As someone who has very vivid dreams, I was particularly drawn to how much of the plot revolves around dreaming, and how influential it is. And did I mention, her way with language is superbly gorgeous.

— Consuelo


A gorgeously woven tale of magic, friendship, and self-discovery set in a dream-like landscape filled with fairies.
After years of living in America, Clare Macleod and her father are returning to Ireland, where they'll inhabit the house Clare was born in--a house built into a green hillside with a tree for a wall. For Clare, the house is not only full of memories of her mother, but also of a mysterious boy with raven-dark hair and dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic. Clare soon discovers that the boy is as real as the fairy-making magic, and that they're both in great danger from an ancient foe.
Fast-paced adventure and spellbinding prose combine to weave a tale of love and loyalty in this young adult fantasy.

★ "A stunningly atmospheric, gorgeously complicated dream of a book." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "An unforgettable tale . . . that contains all the darkness and light of A Midsummer Night's Dream." --School Library Journal, starred review
"Gorgeous, haunting, and wonderfully strange, The Radiant Road establishes Katherine Catmull as a master of the modern fairy tale." --Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy and Breadcrumbs
"Katherine Catmull deftly weaves Clare's contemporary story with ancient Celtic lore. The Radiant Road is a beguiling novel with a strong, engaging protagonist." --Juliet Marillier, author of Daughter of the Forest and Wildwood Dancing

About the Author

Katherine Catmull is an actor, freelance writer, voice-over artist, and sometimes playwright. Her first novel, Summer and Bird, was called "a stunning debut" that "thrills with complex storytelling" byBooklist. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525953470
ISBN-10: 0525953477
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 19th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English