Illustrated by :Ayesha L. Rubio
Imprint:Viking Books for Young Readers
Audience:Children: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 3 - 7
Dimensions:8.63in x 5.81 x 1.25 in | 1.11 lb
Page Count:400 pages
NO SOPHOMORE NOVEL SLUMP: The Unadoptables hooked early indies readers—it was a Winter/Spring 2020 Kids’ Indies Introduce title as well as a Summer 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List selection. Hana doesn’t disappoint with this lusciously written sophomore novel that packs just as much heart as her debut did.
UNIQUE SETTING: The Prague period setting is ripe for a slightly macabre, magical adventure, replete with atmospheric graveyards, underground acrobatics, and bicycle repair shop straight of a Tim Burton film.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: As Ema grapples with the accusations that she can talk to ghosts, she’s weighing whether her gifts are real or imagined. Readers will have so much fun guessing if she is really talking to people in the “beyond,” or if her talent is actually imagined.
UNADOPTABLES EASTER EGG: For fans of Hana’s first book, they may pick up that Ema is actually a character who appears many years later in The Unadoptables…and they’ll get to meet a young, heartbroken Thibault in The Midnighters!
Timeless feel + timely and relevant themes = a book that’s as much for right now as it is for many years to come.
This wonderful mystery is filled with twists and turns as Ema searches for her best friend, all the while collecting clues to a murder that may hold the key to where Sylvie is being held. Red herrings and wild goose chases will take readers on an adventure they won’t soon forget.
This is primarily a realistic story, but an eerie ghost element will keep readers guessing and adds an air of the supernatural.
This book is like a Wes Anderson movie—full of immaculately constructed detail and charming touches that create an utterly delightful world.
Praise for The Midnighters
* “Adventures beguilingly rich and strange beneath a series of ’full-ish’ moons.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review