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Shadow Wrack

The Eldritch Manor Series

by (author) Kim Thompson

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2015
Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Science Fiction
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2015
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2015
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Spring 2016) — Commended

After defeating the forces of evil in Eldritch Manor, Willa must rebuild the manor — and her family.

Can Willa rally her supernatural friends to defeat an invasion from beyond?

After battling and defeating the forces of darkness, Willa is looking forward to a little well-earned peace and quiet. Unfortunately, her recent adventures have given birth to new problems, not the least of which is the task of rebuilding Eldritch Manor, a retirement home for supernatural beings, from the ground up. And no one is behaving themselves: Mab’s fairies have declared war on the dwarf construction crew, Willa’s Mom and Belle are feuding, Baz is running amok, Horace is living in the woods, the phoenix squawks all night long, and there’s never a dragon around when you need one. To be perfectly honest, Willa is starting to think the forces of darkness were easier to handle than her family and friends — until those forces start to rise again!

Trouble is definitely brewing, and the source lies very close to home, Who can Willa trust? Who will betray them? Who will open the door for the darkness to enter?

About the author

Kim Thompson has worked for more than a dozen years as a writer and story editor on numerous children's television shows, including Franklin, Jacob Two-Two, Caillou, The Doodlebops, and George Shrinks. She lives in Toronto.

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  • Commended, CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens (Spring 2016)
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Excerpt: Shadow Wrack: The Eldritch Manor Series (by (author) Kim Thompson)


The House

In a small seaside town, on a quiet street next to a park, there lies the smoking ruin of a house. Before it went down in a blaze of glory, the house was one you might walk past a hundred times and never really look at. It was old and rambling, with a sagging front porch and a neglected lawn. The inhabitants were similarly tired, ancient, and sagging ladies and gents who moved slowly and grumbled about everything under the cold, watchful eye of Miss Trang.

This was the house that somehow caught the eye and imagination of twelve-year-old Willa Fuller. This was the house where she first saw a brownie — and by brownie I mean one of the Little People, not a wee girl hawking cookies door to door. This was the house where Willa got her first-ever real job, as a housekeeper, and found out that the residents had some rather spectacular secrets.

This was the house where she met fairy, centaur, androsphinx, mermaid, and even a dinosaur. This was the house where surprises lurked around every corner, and dark, mysterious things began to happen. This was the house that Miss Trang departed from, leaving Willa in charge.

This was the house where black spots grew like mildew.

This was the house that finally burst open at the seams, letting in horrible creatures from “the other side”: cats with human faces, swarms of spiders, mobs of butcher birds, and the great, black, sightless worm with the gaping mouth and infinite gullet. This was the house where the battle occurred, and Miss Trang turned into a dragon.

This was the house that caught fire from a phoenix flame and was utterly destroyed, though the inhabitants escaped.

The sign is still there, though the house is not, and the sign says: “Eldritch Manor.”

Editorial Reviews

A must-purchase where there are fans of the first book and a solid series addition to most middle grade fantasy collections.

School Library Journal

This fast paced, often wildly amusing novel will grip the intended inspiring novel that will attract both girls and boys who will be unable to put it down.

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Shadow Wrack would be enjoyed primarily by girls ages 8–12 who are interested in fantasy stories, especially books with fairies.

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