by Ronald L. Smith
Winner of the John Steptoe New Talent Award
Dickens meets Stephen King meets Ransom Riggs in this chillingly suspenseful middle grade Victorian Gothic horror novel from the award-winning author of Hoodoo.
Thirteen-year-old Jessamine Grace and her mother make a living as sham spiritualists—until they discover that Jess is a mesmerist and that she really can talk to the dead. Soon she is plunged into the dark world of Victorian London’s supernatural underbelly and learns that the city is under attack by ghouls, monsters, and spirit summoners. Can Jess fight these powerful forces? And will the group of strange children with mysterious powers she befriends be able to help? As shy, proper Jess transforms into a brave warrior, she uncovers terrifying truths about the hidden battle between good and evil, about her family, and about herself.
North American publisher: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, February 2017
Foreign rights contact: Lynne Polvino, Clarion
Film/TV rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
This tale, though not for the faint at heart, is certain to please young horror fans.”—Publishers Weekly
Smith continues to display a deft mastery of worldbuilding and creepy, atmospheric plotting. A gripping tale enhanced by a convincingly detailed setting and drawing on classic fantasy memes.”—Kirkus
Smith has a knack for creating memorable bad guys, and the demonic necromancer and his minion ghouls may be creepy enough to spur readers forward.”—Bulletin
For kids who relish some blood and gore, this should fill the slot.”—Booklist