Vermont-born author Emily Raabe will be releasing her first novel tomorrow, April 8th, titled Lost Children of the Far Islands. The book is described as a middle-grade adventure novel, and has received good reviews already from places such as Kirkus Reviews.
Here’s what it’s about:
Twins Gus and Leo and their little sister, Ila, live a quiet life in Maine—until their mother falls ill, and it becomes clear her strength is fading because she is protecting them from a terrible evil.
Soon the children are swept off to a secret island far in the sea, where they discover a hidden grandmother and powers they never knew they had. Like their mother, they are Folk, creatures who can turn between human and animal forms.
Now they must harness their newfound magic for a deeper purpose. The ancient, monstrous King of the Black Lakes will stop at nothing to rise to power, and they are all that stands in his way. Their mother’s life hangs in the balance, and the children must battle this beast to the death—despite a dire prophecy that whoever kills him will die.
Can Gus, Leo, and Ila overcome this villain? Or has he grown too strong to be defeated? Lost Children of the Far Islands is a story filled with magic, excitement, and the dangers and delights of the sea.
Raabe will be returning to Vermont on Sunday, April 13th for a reading at the Shelburne Town Hall in Shelburne (Sponsored by The Flying Pig Bookstore). From the bookstore’s website:
Emily Raabe is one of the Flying Pig’s favorite people: she was our first employee and a marvelous writer. Now, her debut novel for children is being published. Woo-hoo!
Shortly after reading an early draft of the manuscript for Lost Children of the Far Island, we found ourselves starting to recommend it to a customer — two years before it was published! That’s how terrific and memorable the story is. Here’s a little teaser about the plot: when their mother takes ill, three siblings must accept their magical, shape-shifting powers to try and save her. Part Selkie myth, part fantasy, part quest, this book is a natural for young readers. Gorgeous writing and a tight plot that can leave you breathless, Lost Children of the Far Island is a book we cannot wait to offer to customers.
We couldn’t be happier to host the book release party for Emily! Come help us celebrate at Shelburne Town Hall (right next to the Pearson Library in Shelburne Village). Emily will share a little of the book, host a Q&A session, and autograph and personalize books. We’ll have refreshments, too; it’s a party!
Please RSVP with the number of people attending, by calling 802-985-3999 or emailing at email@example.com.
This looks like it’ll be a neat book, and a neat event. Go follow Emily on Twitter.