An utterly unique, fantastical mystery that you can dig into as deeply as you like and find something moving, sparkling and entertaining at every level. It's a story about the young people who return, for various reasons, from the magical lands that claimed them as children, and what happens to them next. Think of Narnia, Oz, or Neverland, but in myriad variations, some dark, some dreamy, all distinct. Ultimately it's a story about accepting one's own identity, handled lovingly while pulling no punches. Recommended to anyone who's ever felt out of place.
Children have always disappeared from Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere ... else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced ... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.