The Counterclockwise Heart


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$17.95  $16.69
Algonquin Young Readers
Publish Date
5.8 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Brian Farrey is the author of The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse, winner of the 2017 Minnesota Book Award, and the Stonewall honor book With or Without You. He lives in Minnesota with his husband and their sweet but occasionally evil cats. You can find him online at and on Twitter: @BrianFarrey .


*Winner of the Minnesota Book Award*

"Farrey conjures a world bristling with spells and secrets. Readers will revel in this gripping, fable-like adventure."
--Stefan Bachmann, author of Cinders Sparrows
"Filled with friendship and magic, mysteries and betrayal, and a race against a ticking clock, this is top-notch fantasy with a heart. I loved it!" --Adam Perry, author of The Thieving Collectors of Fine Children's Books

"The Counterclockwise Heart encourages readers to be true to themselves, and to consider the source when confronted with opinions that contradict their own experience. ... [an] entertaining, fast-paced and thoughtful novel ... wise."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A fascinating fairy tale."
--The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "Books to look forward to in 2022"

"Full of drama, twists and turns, and poignant points of view, the novel's storylines converge into an unforgettable ending that will leave readers thinking about the pesky element of time and the role it plays in their lives."

"A pleasing mix of fantasy and mystery with compassion at its (ticking) heart."
--The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"Epic...This is a thought-provoking coming-of-age story."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Unique...a tale of magic, lies, and sacrifice make a standout read for the middle-grade genre."
--YA Books Central