“Because the cost of light is darkness.”
Out for publication (@candlewickpress) in September, Hayley Chewins creates a magical new world for young readers. Straygarden Place is no ordinary house, and the Ballastian sisters are no ordinary sisters.
Mayhap, Winnow, and Pavonine Ballastian were brought to Straygarden by their parents who were seeking botanical research.
For reasons unknown, they leave the girls with explicit instructions: “Do not leave the house. Do not go into the grass. Wait for us. Sleep darkly.” Being stuck in a place is hard, even a magical house like Straygarden that takes care of every material need you may have, and Mayhap catches Winnow sneaking outside into the grass. That’s where the book begins.
What follows is a mystery filled with magical, talking objects and an unbroken bond between sisters as they fight to save Winnow from the silver poison.
Chewins invents unique vocabulary (dog=droomhund) and labels for her characters, human and inhuman, as well as a story never told before.
Readers are transported in and through Straygarden as each room in the house, each page in the book, presents a new adventure.