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The Crosswood

by (author) Gabrielle Prendergast

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2021
NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Fantasy & Magic, General
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2021
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Key Selling Points

  • In The Crosswood, a young teen has to enter a magical forest to rescue his twin siblings when they are kidnapped by a Faerie king.
  • This is the first book in the Faerie Woods series in the Orca Currents line.
  • The book examines family dynamics and the danger of keeping secrets in an exciting fantasy world.
  • Set in an enchanted Faerie kingdom, this book is filled with fantastical and dark creatures and the usual rules do not apply.
  • Gabrielle Prendergast has written books in many genres, including the Nahx Invasions series, a sci-fi fantasy series that includes the award-winning Zero Repeat Forever and Cold Falling White .
  • New, enhanced features (dyslexia-friendly font, cream paper, larger trim size) to increase reading accessibility for dyslexic and other striving readers.

About the author

Gabrielle Prendergast is a UK-born Canadian/Australian who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and daughter. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Gabrielle is the author of the verse novels Capricious and Audacious, which was shortlisted for a CLA Award, and The Frail Days in the Orca Limelights and the middle-grade novel Pandas on the Eastside. For More information, visit

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  • Nominated, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - Diamond Willow
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Awards
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Diamond Willow Award
  • Nominated, Chocolate Lily Award
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild Selection

Editorial Reviews

“Excellent…A fast-moving urban fantasy with a likeable hero trying to do his best in an untenable situation...The Crosswood is a great high interest addition to the fantasy genre. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Readers will appreciate Prendergast’s clever ideas…A solid plot.”

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