The Beginning Woods
The Beginning Woods
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Annotation: Scientists have been striving to explain why adults started suddenly vanishing, but Max, a strange foundling, may discover the answers in the Beginning Woods where he goes to seek his Forever Parents.
Catalog Number: #150982
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: SkyHorse/Skypony
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 522 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-510-72290-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-510-72290-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017031845
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
Two worlds collide with dire consequences in McNeill's debut.At the heart of this story are two ques
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Two worlds collide with dire consequences in McNeill's debut.At the heart of this story are two questions: who are you, and where do you come from? As a baby (a very unusual, almost inhuman baby), Max suddenly and inexplicably appeared in this world. Around the same time, people around the globe started disappearing, leaving nothing behind but the clothes they stood in. Now a teenager, if Max can answer these two questions, he can help stop the Vanishings—and more importantly, find his parents. While the world's top scientists haven't been able to figure out why the Vanishings happen, Boris, a scientist with an interesting past, and Mrs. Jeffers, one of the Forest Folk, know the answers lie within the Beginning Woods—a world like this one, "minus science and plus magic"—and with Max's mysterious origins. With their guidance, Max journeys to the Beginning Woods, facing its dangerous wilderness, each obstacle bringing him closer to finding himself. Beautifully written and filled with details designed to tickle the imagination, Max's story leisurely unfolds. McNeill introduces a surreal world in which whimsical characters, including a book-loving wind giant and a horrid witch who likes to steal color, seem completely at home. The novel is geared toward a younger audience, but older readers will be better able to appreciate some of the more mature themes and content. Max is pale-skinned.McNeill's storytelling skills shine in this witty, delightful story about the power of imagination and dreaming. (Fantasy. 10-adult)
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Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7

A MYSTERY NO ONE CAN SOLVE

The Vanishings started without warning. People disappearing into thin air—just piles of clothes left behind. Each day, thousands gone without a trace.

A BABY NO ONE WANTED

Abandoned in a bookshop, Max has grown up haunted by memories of his parents. Only he can solve the mystery of the Vanishings.

A SECRET THAT COULD SAVE THE FUTURE

To find the answers, Max must leave this world and enter the Beginning Woods, a realm of magic and terror where stories are all too real.

A STORY THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER WORLD

Greater than your dreams. Darker than your fears. Full of more wonder than you could ever desire. Welcome to the ineffable Beginning Woods. . . .


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