The Beginning Woods

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About The Book

A MYSTERY NO ONE CAN SOLVE

The Vanishings started without warning. People disappearing into thin air—just piles of clothes left behind. Each day, thousands gone without a trace.

A BABY NO ONE WANTED

Abandoned in a bookshop, Max has grown up haunted by memories of his parents. Only he can solve the mystery of the Vanishings.

A SECRET THAT COULD SAVE THE FUTURE

To find the answers, Max must leave this world and enter the Beginning Woods, a realm of magic and terror where stories are all too real.

A STORY THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER WORLD

Greater than your dreams. Darker than your fears. Full of more wonder than you could ever desire. Welcome to the ineffable Beginning Woods. . . .

About The Author

Malcolm McNeill was born in England and grew up in Scotland. The Beginning Woods is his first book.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Sky Pony (January 2018)
  • Length: 528 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510722903
  • Grades: 5 - 5
  • Ages: 10 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

"McNeill has created a fabulous universe packed full of wonder and terror. The Beginning Woods has earned its place on a shelf with Gormenghast and The Princess Bride. I loved every word and was envious of quite a few. It opened my eyes wide and quickened my heart. A modern classic: rich, funny and terrifying." —Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of Artemis Fowl

*"McNeill’s storytelling skills shine in this witty, delightful story about the power of imagination and dreaming." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*"Filled with gorgeous imagery and memorable prose, McNeill’s young adult novel will break hearts and bind them back together with a happy ending. This is a love letter to the power of imagination."—Foreword Reviews, starred review

“A fascinating world of odd fairy-tale creatures and unusual but intriguing events.” —School Library Journal

"The Beginning Woods reads like a fairy tale come to life with an eccentric ensemble of characters and absurd moments that are reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and A Wrinkle in Time. . . . Malcolm McNeill creates a truly unique story that’s surprising from beginning to end. —San Francisco Book Review

"Highly original and beguiling début that promises magic, terror and the dark menace of fairytales." —The Bookseller

“Complex, playful, philosophical, with mysterious vanishings and censorship of dreams.” –Imogen Russel-Williams, The Guardian

"A dazzling and beguiling tale . . . A mesmerizing new voice, and a book that deserves to vanish off the bookshop shelves." —Herald (Scotland)

"Readers who feel out of place in their own lives will relate to Max as he struggles to accept the love of his adopted parents and always yearns for more." —VOYA

"McNeill has created a fabulous universe packed full of wonder and terror. The Beginning Woods has earned its place on a shelf with Gormenghast and The Princess Bride. I loved every word and was envious of quite a few. It opened my eyes wide and quickened my heart. A modern classic: rich, funny and terrifying." —Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of Artemis Fowl

*"McNeill’s storytelling skills shine in this witty, delightful story about the power of imagination and dreaming." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*"Filled with gorgeous imagery and memorable prose, McNeill’s young adult novel will break hearts and bind them back together with a happy ending. This is a love letter to the power of imagination."—Foreword Reviews, starred review

“A fascinating world of odd fairy-tale creatures and unusual but intriguing events.” —School Library Journal

"The Beginning Woods reads like a fairy tale come to life with an eccentric ensemble of characters and absurd moments that are reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and A Wrinkle in Time. . . . Malcolm McNeill creates a truly unique story that’s surprising from beginning to end. —San Francisco Book Review

"Highly original and beguiling début that promises magic, terror and the dark menace of fairytales." —The Bookseller

“Complex, playful, philosophical, with mysterious vanishings and censorship of dreams.” –Imogen Russel-Williams, The Guardian

"A dazzling and beguiling tale . . . A mesmerizing new voice, and a book that deserves to vanish off the bookshop shelves." —Herald (Scotland)

"Readers who feel out of place in their own lives will relate to Max as he struggles to accept the love of his adopted parents and always yearns for more." —VOYA

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