The Namer of Spirits

Coming October 5th from Owl Hollow Press!

Now available for pre-order

A thrilling new adventure for ages 9 and up!

“A dangerous town carved out of unforgiving forest, a young girl who can name spirits and tame monsters, a race against time to save the natural world: The Namer of Spirits is what readers want and the world needs.” —New York Times bestselling author Eliot Schrefer

The Namer of Sprits is simply spellbinding. Teachers and librarians who are searching for well-written fiction to pair with environmental non-fiction need to snap this one up! Highly recommended.” —Darby Karchut, author of Del Toro Moon

“Absorbing, masterfully crafted, and brilliantly original, The Namer of Spirits is an illuminating story about friendship, courage, and the power of words.” —Jenny Goebel, Green Earth Book Award-winning author of Out of My Shell

“A luminous and essential story for all ages. Everyone should read this.” —Laura Resau, Américas Award-winning author of Tree of Dreams

In the frontier village of Last Hope, people dismiss twelve-year-old Ash Narro as a flighty child who claims to hear the true names of things. But when enraged forest spirits attack, Ash shows that the names she hears have power. After taming a destructive forest spirit, Ash embarks on a wild journey to save her village. In this steampunk eco-fantasy, the perils of deforestation and the power of friendship are explored through a fantastical adventure involving giant mistcats, tempestuous forest spirits, a supernatural puppy, and a girl with a special gift for shaping what things become.

More on this book and why I wrote it:

The thing you might not guess at from the cover or summary is that The Namer of Spirits was inspired by real events reported on in an investigative series done by NPR. The series documented how poverty is being used by corrupt officials in Brazil to drive illegal rainforest destruction. In those reports, Lulu Garcia-Navarro said, “The poor are the tip of the spear that pushes civilization forward into the wilderness.” That quote, and the complex reality it conveys, planted the seed that blossomed into this engaging exploration of some of the most critical environmental and social conflicts we face.

Fantasy gives us a vital way to understand our reality. And stories that speak to us shape the ways we think and act. It’s my hope that those who journey into the cloud forest with Ash and Fen will not only enjoy a thrilling story, they’ll gain a greater understanding of what’s causing rainforest destruction in our world and how to stop it.

Enjoy the adventure!

– Todd Mitchell


Available for preorder!