Published by Month 9
The Wicked Tree by Kristin Thorsness
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Deep in the woods, a gnarled tree grows. Its thick, black trunk twists angrily up into the night sky. Held in place by the magic of a long-ago patriarch, it has waited centuries to lure a descendant into its trap.
When Tavorian Kreet and his mom move in with his great-grandmother, Tav is forbidden to go into the woods on the estate. But like most eleven-year-olds, he just can’t resist.
After secretly exploring the woods, Tav begins having dreams about a supernatural tree. Soon, the dreams change from pleasant to dark and menacing. On a dare, Tav ventures farther into the woods with his new friend, Harper. There, they meet a mysterious, mute boy named Edward who lives in a decrepit cabin nearby. Afraid, and unable to speak, Edward scrawls “Wicked Tree” on the ground.
Determined to help Edward, Tav enlists Harper, and they search the estate for clues to Edward’s identity and how to help him.
With Harper’s help, Tav pieces together the Kreet family history and discovers an ancient curse. If Tav wants to save his friends and family, he must go into the heart of the woods, find the Wicked Tree, and confront a most evil magic.
HE WICKED TREE, a MG dark fantasy that will appeal to fans of Jonathan Auxier’s THE NIGHT GARDENER and Mary Downing Hahn’s TOOK. If you love SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, then THE WICKED TREE is for you!
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Kristin Thorsness is a former 5th and 6th grade teacher who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their son and daughter, and two spoiled dogs. She likes dark chocolate, strong coffee, and creepy stories that keep her up reading late into the night. For more info or to get in touch, visit her online at www.kristinthorsness.com .
Cover Love (Why you love the cover)
There is so much about The Wicked Tree’s cover to love! My very favorite part of Tatiana A. Makeeva’s gorgeous design is the way she added hands to the tree. I was given some input and had asked for a large twisted tree, but I never imagined anything quite as ominous and cool as the branch fingers grasping the letters of the title.
Other small details that really add to the appeal are the cat Mosley’s body language (the way his ears are flattened, and his paw is raised, ready to spring to action), and the prominent full moon.
Moving more big-picture, the overall creepy, foggy nighttime feel of the cover is perfect, and I love how the title lettering is colored in a way that invokes fire—which plays a huge role in Tav’s story.
All the details, big and small, weave together to create a cover that really captures the essence of my book and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
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