Romance, friendship, and dark, bone-chilling fear fill the pages of this “genuine and truly eerie” (RT Book Reviews) debut in the spirit of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.
Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.
Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.
And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.
Alexandra Sirowy is the author of The Creeping and The Telling. She was born and raised in Northern California, where she attended a women’s college as an undergraduate and received her MA at the University of San Francisco. She is a voracious reader, the oldest of three children, an avid traveler, a record-holding high school long jumper, a gourmet cook, a feminist, and forever grateful to her parents for reading to her as a child. Alexandra lives in Northern California with her husband.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 18, 2015)
Length: 400 pages
Grades: 7 and up
Ages: 12 - 99
Lexile ® HL770L
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"A small town legend, a missing redhead, a monster in the forest...Sirowy's The Creeping is a haunting, modern day folktale, in the darkest sense of the word. Fantastic."
– April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
"Leave[s] chills long after the last page."
– Publishers Weekly
"Genuine and truly eerie. Readers will be up all night finishing Sirowy's debut."
– Romantic Times
"Sirowy successfully weaves in an unnerving supernatural backstory, but the book’s very human conclusion is far more frightening than any of the town’s superstitions. A solid choice for horror fans, this novel will is a spook-tastic spine-tingler."
– School Library Journal
"Delivers with a nicely suspenseful plot that builds to a crisis point. Intriguing all the way through."