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Griffin and Fi continue on their quest to save all worlds from invasion in this fantastical follow-up to The Lighthouse between the Worlds, which School Library Journal called “a delicious tale of light and dark.”

There is more than just one world—and all of them are in grave danger.

After a narrow escape from the battle-torn world of Somni, Griffin and his fierce, newfound ally Fi find themselves at the center of a war that threatens not only the people of Earth, but those of other worlds entirely. Connected by the lighthouse that acts as a portal, each world harbors a unique kind of magic that the greedy rulers of Somni are determined to capture for themselves.

Unless Griffin and Fi can find a way to stop these would-be conquerors, everything they hold dear will be lost. Navigating magical worlds of mist, water, vines, and fire in search of an answer, the two friends will have to discover their own gifts before they can save not only themselves but the worlds—every single one of them.

About The Author

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Melanie Crowder lives on the Colorado Front Range, where she is a writer and educator. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of the middle grade novels Parched, A Nearer Moon, and the Lighthouse Keepers series and the young adult novels Audacity and An Uninterrupted View of the Sky. Visit her at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2019)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534405202
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Lexile ® 810L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"Worldbuilding is vivid, from Caligo's library, with bear-sized batlike creatures that convey visitors to the multistoried stacks, to Maris, where the inhabitants live on docks suspended above the sea. . . . An effective and exciting conclusion."

– Kirkus Reviews

“Readers who enjoy a fast plot as well as unique, quickly limned worlds will devour this one.”

– Booklist

"One of the joys of fantasy is world-building, and the descriptions of the realms of Caligo, Maris, Vinea, and Somni are concise and vivid but never distract from the action. . . . Crowder deftly conveys the stakes of Griffin’s and Fi’s struggles by depicting the effects of oppression and resistance on their families. Best enjoyed directly after finishing its predecessor, this title will delight readers who yearn for escape, new worlds, and powerful main characters."

– School Library Journal

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