A dark and imaginative middle grade stand-alone in the vein of Coraline, from debut author K. A. Reynolds
After Cecelia Dahl’s little brother, Celedon, dies tragically, his soul goes where all souls go: the Land of Yesterday. And Cecelia is left behind in a fractured world without him. Her beloved house’s spirit is crumbling beyond repair, her father is imprisoned by sorrow, and worst of all, her grief-stricken mother abandons the land of the living to follow Celedon into Yesterday.
It’s up to Cecelia to put her family back together, even if that means venturing into the dark and forbidden Land of Yesterday on her own. But as Cecilia braves a hot-air balloon commanded by two gnomes, a sea of daisies, and the Planet of Nightmares, it’s clear that even if she finds her family, she might not be able to save them. And if she’s not careful, she might just become a lost soul herself, trapped forever in Yesterday.
K. A. Reynolds is a poet and author from Winnipeg, Canada, currently residing in Maine. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and university presses, including Plainsongs, Modern Haiku, Willard & Maple, and Writer’s Journal. When not caring for the elderly or buried under a mountain of mismatched socks, she can be found writing children’s fiction with dark and fantastical cores. Kristin lives with her five children, four cats, one plump Weimaraner, and carpenter husband in a house filled with things that need fixing, and wouldn’t have it any other way.