In her father's village Kat is scorned for her fiery red hair, the legacy of her father's shameful marriage to a native woman. Her only true home is with Nall, a man who appeared to her from the depths of the sea, an outsider too.
Now a war is breaking out, and Kat's beloved brother, Dai, is taken prisoner. Kat realizes that the only way she can save him is to join Nall on a dangerous quest that will take them to the last boundary of all -- the Gate where the world was born. It is during this journey that Kat must confront not only the earthly battle that is tearing her world apart, but the struggle within herself and with the man she loves.
Betsy James is the award-winning author and illustrator of more than a dozen books for children and young adults. She continues to write, paint, teach, and hike in the deserts near her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)
"Tightly plotted, tautly written, bursting with passion and poetry, Listening at the Gate will transport you to a world both hauntingly familiar and utterly new -- full of love, grief, hope, and wild adventure." -- Ursula K. Le Guin