Tanya is no ordinary child. She can see things...fairies. But not the fairies we imagine. Evil fairies who cast spells on her, rousing her from her sleep and propelling her out of bed. At wit's end with her daughter's inexplicable behavior, Tanya's mother sends her away to live with her grandmother at Elvesden Manor, a secluded countryside mansion on the outskirts of a peculiar Essex town.
There is plenty to explore, as long as she stays away from Hangman's Wood- a vast stretch of forest, full of catacombs and notorious for people losing their lives. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods, a girl Tanya's grandmother will not speak of. As Tanya learns more about this girl, she finds herself dangerously close to vanishing into the fairy realm for herself.
At first evocative of THE SECRET GARDEN, debut author Michelle Harrison weaves an intricate mystery into a beautiful and haunting fantasy that captures a rich world of fairy lore where only the color red can offer protection.
"Full of actually REAL folklore and a more mature story to that of the Spiderwick Chronicles and their ilk, perfect for early teens looking for some Seelie (or in this case Unseelie) action." -Michael Steele, Waterstone's Stafford Greengat
"Michelle Harrison takes us back to those days of fairy folklore with a story that weaves a modern day teenager into an extraordinary pact made with the fairies fifty years before." -Claire Howell, Waterstone's York 28
Michelle Harrison is a twenty-eight year old British author and illustrator who works as an editorial assistant in Oxford UK's children's fiction division.