When Eden stumbles across an old sketchbook of her mother's while visiting Safina Island, her ancestral home, she's haunted by the images she sees drawn there. A creepy mansion covered with roots and leaves. A monstrous dog with dagger-sharp teeth. Children with deep indigo skin flecked with stars, mouths open as if to scream. And a tall woman with wind-blown hair and long sharp nails who is as beautiful as she is terrifying.
Eden's mother did these drawings many years ago—and she died last year. What could they mean?
Days later, exploring the island alone, Eden follows a black cat through a rift in the bright day. She stumbles into Everdark, a parallel world where the sun never rises, where spirits linger between death and afterlife, and where everything from her mother's drawings is all too real—especially the Witch of Everdark, who wants to make Eden her eternal daughter.
Can Eden find a way to defeat the witch's magic? Or will she remain trapped in Everdark forever?
Praise for the book
Fall 2022 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
ABA September/October 2022 Kids' Indie Next List Selection
2022 BCCB Blue Ribbon Selection
2022 Cybils Awards Finalist
Georgia Center for the Book Selection
“A textured, suspenseful story that traverses an island’s timeline and family’s heritage.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“The other spirits in Everdark are all brilliantly developed…The island itself reflects the complex metaphorical intersection of Everdark and Safina.”
– BCCB Starred Review
“Darkly suspenseful; both readers of fantasy and those looking for a creepy, ghostly tale will find much to keep them rooted in this electric novel.”
– School Library Journal
“Strong portrays the island’s mythos, and Everdark’s extraordinary dangers, to bone-chilling perfection.”
– Publishers Weekly