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$17.99  $16.73
Margaret K. McElderry Books
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5.7 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Heidi Lang managed to stumble upon the two best jobs in the world: writing for kids and walking dogs. If she's not out on the trails surrounded by wagging tails and puppy kisses, she's probably hunched over her laptop working on her next book. She lives in northern California with her husband and two adventure-loving dogs, and she is the coauthor of the Mystic Cooking Chronicles and Whispering Pines series, and author of Out of Range. Find her on Twitter @HidLang or visit the website she shares with her writing partner at

Kati Bartkowski was originally drawn to illustration before she got swept up in the world of words. Nowadays she's a fan of creating fantastical creatures and feisty heroines in both mediums. If she's not reading, writing, or drawing, she's probably chasing after her high energy little girl. She lives in northern California and is the coauthor of the Mystic Cooking Chronicles and Whispering Pines series. Find her on Twitter @KTBartkowski or visit the website she shares with her writing partner at



"A thrilling novel perfect for fans of Stranger Things and stories filled with mystery and suspense." - Booklist, starred review

"Perfect for reading under a blanket with a flashlight." - Kirkus Reviews

"Like 'Goosebumps, ' but for an older audience, this book seems custom made for kids who like a good scare." - School Library Journal

"Delightful mash-up of science fiction, ghost stories, and horror." - BCCB

"An unpredictable, unrelenting adventure." - Publishers Weekly
Following Whispering Pines (2020), the kids dig deeper into the town's mysteries.

A prologue reintroduces readers to the town of Whispering Pines and its dangerous Watchful Woods and gives a preview of a new threat. Rae has diverged from empath Caden (he wants nothing to do with Green On! or senior consultant Patrick), accepting Patrick's internship offer as he teases her with information about her missing father's whereabouts. The seven interns--some familiar faces, some new--have hardly started their tour of Green On! when things get alarming. Soon, they're divided into teams and tasked with uncovering--and solving--a mystery. Rae's team accidentally falls right into a creepy-crawly scenario sure to give readers the willies. Meanwhile, Caden struggles with his family's changing dynamics in the aftermath of his brother's actions. The nonchalant attitude that the residents, both kids and adults, take toward all of the weirdness is endearing. The gross-out elements manage to push gore and violence into ooey-gooey territory, giving a slight distance between the disgustingness (that's absolutely reveled in) and realism. Just as compelling as the supernatural storylines are the interpersonal ones, with conflicts rooted in the complex nature of family and friendships. The elements all meld together into a world that's easy to get lost in. Most characters default to White, though some side characters have surnames that point to other ethnicities.

Will leave readers screaming for the next installment. --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED "August 15, 2021"