Polly and the One and Only World by Don Bredes

Green Writer’s Press is a new, locally-oriented publisher of adult and young adult fiction, and in a recent article from Publisher’s Weekly, they mentioned an upcoming YA novel from local author Don Bredes called Polly and the One and Only World.

Here’s what it’s about:

Set in a much-diminished future America called the Christian Protectorates, a poor country ravaged by coastal flooding, drought, and cataclysmic social upheaval, the story features 15-year-old Polly Lightfoot, a maiden witch of rich heritage and tender ability in the craft. When the story opens, Polly is forced to flee New Florida, where she has taken temporary refuge to escape a military purge of the country’s infidels, pagans, and followers of false creeds. With the help of her steadfast familiar, Balthazar, a raven, and her brave teenage companion, Leon, whom she meets on the way, Polly undertakes an epic journey from the deep south to the wild north to be reunited in Vermont with her family and to save her ancient craft from obliteration.

This looks pretty excellent: a mix of Paolo Bacigalupi and Margarat Atwood. We’re picking this one up as soon as we can get our hands on it. The book is due out on October 6th.