Journey Across the Hidden Islands
a middle grade novel
by Sarah Beth Durst
available now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Clarion Books
Two princesses -- twin sisters -- discover urgent significance in a supposedly ritual journey through their kingdom in an action-filled, funny, and heartwarming fantasy from the author of The Girl Who Could Not Dream. The traditional Emperor's Journey is meant to be uneventful. But as Seika and Ji-Lin travel to pay respects to their kingdomís dragon guardian, unexpected monsters appear, and tremors shake the earth. The Hidden Islands face unprecedented threats, and the old rituals are failing. With only their strength, ingenuity, and flying lion to rely on, can the sisters find a new way to keep their people safe?
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"This adventure has surprise after surprise, and I love Durst's sly sense of humor!"
-- Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the Tortall series
"An enjoyable coming-of-age fantasy-adventure that also showcases the deep bond between sisters."
"Vivid descriptions and spot-on dialogue help pull readers into the action. Engrossing."
-- School Library Journal
"The solidarity the sisters find in each other and the consistent way they choose to put the other before themselves is a refreshing feature of the story. Fans of fantasy adventures starring stalwart teams of loyal siblings will appreciate this, too."
"Journey Across the Hidden Islands displays Sarah Beth Durstís talent for world building....fantastically written and fantasy fans will find it utterly unique."
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Coming soon as an audiobook from Recorded Books.
Also coming soon in Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish from Stabenfeldt.
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