The Manannan family secret is about to be revealed…
*Colorado Book Award Finalist*
“You MUST read this book.” —TeensReadToo.com (starred)
“Humor, menace, and mystery suffuse this fast-paced tale… New surprises and plot twists keep readers enthralled, because nothing -librarians, skeletal pursuers, or hard-drinking dads- is exactly as it seems. This well-written tale is a must for most fantasy readers.” —School Library Journal
“Mitchell effectively blends the contemporary New England and the world of Irish myths in this heart-pounding tale.” —Booklist
“Funny, sly, surprising, and wise . . . The Traitor King is all of this and more. Long live the Manananns!!!” —Lauren Myracle (Bestselling author of TTYL and Eleven)
A Big Family Secret
Darren and Jackie Mananann have always known there was something a little strange about their family . . . but it isn’t until an unexpected presence propels them into a fantastical mystery that they discover how truly unusual and eerily powerful the Mananann family is. Things that once seemed ordinary —flowerpots, librarians, plates of cookies— suddenly have extraordinary meanings. And places that once seemed safe —trees in the forest, a fireplace in the den, a secret passage— are suddenly no longer safe.
One of Darren and Jackie’s uncles has disappeared, and in order to save him they must unravel all the clues and signs that surround the Manananns’s deepest, darkest secret —a secret that spans two very different worlds.
For the Manananns, mystery runs in the family. But where will this mystery lead? (Scholastic Press, 2007, ages 9 and up)
(Find the wolf on the back?)
“A deliciously magical book -it has all the stuff I’ve always looked for in the ideal book…” —Laura Resau (author of What the Moon Saw)
“…combines classic fairy-myth elements with quirky family dynamics and two likeable protagonists, to fine effect… a purely fun journey, infused with enough humor to keep the pages turning.” —Publishers Weekly
“A delightful addition to the body of fantasy literature.” —Blatantly Honest Book Reviews (rated “ADVISABLE” for school library purchase)
“[The Traitor King] blew me away. The dialogue is rich and clean, and Darren’s perspective as an almost 12-year-old is perfectly captured… unpredictable, imaginative, and astonishing. I was riveted…” —Jessica Benes, Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald
Teachers: The Traitor King is an AR book (rated 5.1, and worth 10 points).
—I’m happy to skype with book clubs for free who order 15 or more copies of the book.
—Special discounts on The Traitor King are available when your school has me out for an Author Visit (click for details.)