Goblin Secrets

by William Alexander
Release date: March 2012
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, childrens

“Alexander’s world, blending steampunk and witchy magic, is impressively convincing and evocative in its oddities.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The story weaves a many-webbed tale, rich in imagination with a fairy-tale feel.” — School Library Journal

“It was hard to stop reading Goblin Secrets, and I didn’t want the book to end! The author’s imagination is both huge and original. More, please, Will Alexander!” — Ursula K. LeGuin, author of The Books of Earthsea, on Goblin Secrets

In the town of Zombay, there is a witch named Graba who has clockwork chicken legs and moves her house around — much like the fairy tale figure of Baba Yaga. Graba takes in stray children, and Rownie is the youngest boy in her household. Rownie’s only real relative is his older brother Rowan, who is an actor. But acting is outlawed in Zombay, and Rowan has disappeared.

Desperate to find him, Rownie joins up with a troupe of goblins who skirt the law to put on plays. But their plays are not only for entertainment, and the masks they use are for more than make-believe. The goblins also want to find Rowan — because Rowan might be the only person who can save the town from being flooded by a mighty river.

This accessible, atmospheric fantasy takes a gentle look at love, loss, and family while delivering a fast-paced adventure that is sure to satisfy.

(updated 2017-01-16)

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