An enchanted wood poisoned at the roots. A girl bound by an inherited duty. And the lost traveler from another time who might help her uncover the truth.
From debut author Chelsea Bobulski comes The Wood, a YA novel filled with dark mystery and atmospheric fantasy.
Winter didn't ask to be the guardian of the wood, but when her dad inexplicably vanishes, she's the one who must protect travelers who accidentally slip through the wood's portals.
The wood is poisoned, changing into something more sinister. Once brightly colored leaves are now bubbling inky black. Vicious creatures that live in the shadows are becoming bolder, torturing lost travelers. Winter must now put her trust in Henry—a young man from eighteenth century England who knows more than he should about the wood—in order to find the truth and those they've lost.
Bobulski's beautiful and eerie young adult debut, is a haunting tale of friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.
"Henry and Winter share flirtatious repartee and a sizzling chemistry, but the wood takes center stage as the main character and driving force of the plot. This interesting twist in storytelling makes this title a standout. VERDICT This provocative debut is a must-have for collections where fans of time travel are looking for their next fix."—School Library Journal
"The concept is intriguing, and this is a good buy for larger collections."—Booklist
"An ill-fated but still powerful romance, a warped good/bad guy with honorable but flawed intentions, and time travel portals—there’s plenty to recommend in this clever novel."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"This well-written debut is sufficiently eerie and fast-paced. Readers will enjoy Winter’s confidence and cunning as she seeks the truth. Hand this to readers craving exciting and enjoyable twists on time travel."—VOYA