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Series: Oddmire Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Twelve-year-olds Tinn and Cole, raised as human twins in sleepy Endsborough, risk their lives in the Wild Wood, Oddmire Swamp, and the Deep Dark to learn which is a goblin changeling with an important mission.
Catalog Number: #192744
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Workman Pub. Co.
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 266 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-616-20839-2 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-5951-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-616-20839-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-5951-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018033941
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A human boy and a goblin changeling are raised as brothers.Thirteen years ago, a goblin out of the Wild Wood brought a doppelgänger to exchange for a human infant—then had to dash away to escape detection, leaving both infant and changeling behind. Though everyone knows one of the babies must be a changeling, their mother insisted on raising Tinn and Cole as twins. Now, years later, they're inseparable, and both drive their mother to distraction, playing in the quarry and swapping the salt for the sugar. But one day the boys receive a mysterious letter explaining that if the changeling child doesn't join the goblin horde, all the magical creatures will die. Neither boy knows who the real changeling actually is, and though they're mischievous and irreverent, they each want what's best for one another. Thus begins Tinn and Cole's quest through the Wild Wood, past the Oddmire, and beyond the Deep Dark. They'll encounter not just goblins, but also a hinkypunk (a grieving will-o'-the-wisp with a candle in his beard), the Witch of the Wood, and a feral little shape-shifting girl their own age. Apparently set in the same fantastic, alternative bygone America as Ritter's Jacoby series for teens, this middle-grade adventure starts slow but ramps up into a tale of maternal and brotherly love that's never mawkishly sentimental.A delightful series opener. (Fantasy. 9-12)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Tinn and Cole Burton have been raised as twins their entire lives, living with their mom, Annie, in the town of Endsborough at the edge of the Wild Wood, dark woods the townsfolk avoid for fear of the creatures that live there. What Tinn and Cole don't know is which one of them is actually a goblin mimicking the other. As babies, a goblin, Kull, tried and failed to swap a changeling for a human baby, leaving both Tinn and Cole in the human world. Now, almost 13 years later, Kull is attempting to return the changeling to the Wild Wood before all goblinkind d the Wild Wood itself rishes completely. As Tinn and Cole enter the woods in an attempt to cross the murky Oddmire and find out the truth once and for all, they encounter other creatures and must keep an eye out for the Witch of the Wood, all while unaware of a much darker, sinister force that has already sensed their presence. Set in a magical world filled with incredible creatures from folklore, this fast-paced fantasy will keep readers turning the pages as they follow the twins through the dark and mysterious woods. Unique characters with complex personalities will give readers insight into the feelings and actions of not only Tinn, Cole, and their mother but also the creatures th good and evil ey encounter on their journey. A captivating series opener.
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 3-6

"Funny, exciting, and ultimately epic. Wow. I can't wait for the next one." --Adam Gidwitz, author of the New York Times bestseller A Tale Dark and Grimm "Set in a magical world filled with incredible creatures from folklore, this fast-paced fantasy will keep readers turning the pages . . . A captivating series opener." -- Booklist , starred review Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind--a newborn changeling. But when the night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant's crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart, so he leaves both babies behind. Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. When they are thirteen years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. The boys must leave their sleepy town and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and uncover who they truly are. In this first book in a new fantasy-adventure series, New York Times bestselling author William Ritter takes readers on a journey of monsters, magic, and discovery.

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