The Land of Yesterday, by K. A. Reynolds
“Six weeks plus one day ago, Cecelia Dahl understood the world. She resided in a town called Hungrig, in a crooked house named Widdendream. … Then Monday rolled into Tuesday and Cecilia did the bad thing. Now the world had narrowed down to this: Tuesday hated Cecilia and Cecilia hated it back.”
So begins this middle grade new release, published July 31, that promises to be a lyrical and emotional tale we can’t wait to read. The writing is reminiscent of Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories (one of Erin’s favorites)—the kind of writing that proves language is a form of art. In fact, we discovered it from a recommendation by Laini Taylor, whose writing we also adore:
“From its first words, The Land of Yesterday has the pure crystal ring of a classic, like The Little Prince or The Phantom Tollbooth—beautiful, unique, and shimmering with truth. It’s a balm for grief, and a bursting fantastical joy of a story.”
This one looks like the kind of book we’d want on the shelf in our permanent collection. Use the button above for the Kindle version. The hardcover is linked below.
From the publisher:
A tender and fantastical adventure story perfect for fans of Coraline.
After Cecelia Dahl’s little brother, Celadon, dies tragically, his soul goes where all souls go: the Land of Yesterday—and Cecelia is left behind in a fractured world without him.
Her beloved house’s spirit is crumbling beyond repair, her father is imprisoned by sorrow, and worst of all, her grief-stricken mother abandons the land of the living to follow Celadon into Yesterday.
It’s up to Cecelia to put her family back together, even if that means venturing into the dark and forbidden Land of Yesterday on her own. But as Cecilia braves a hot-air balloon commanded by two gnomes, a sea of daisies, and the Planet of Nightmares, it’s clear that even if she finds her family, she might not be able to save them.
And if she’s not careful, she might just become a lost soul herself, trapped forever in Yesterday.
Please note that this book has deckle edges (the edges of the paper are purposely rough).
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