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  • ISBN: 9780525581161
  • ISBN: 0525581162
  • ISBN: 9780525581178
  • ISBN: 0525581170
  • Physical Description: 297 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]

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"When the lives of a girl, who has terrifying visions, and a witch, who grants wishes to children in the woods, collide in the most unexpected of ways, a dark, magical truth threatens to doom them both"-- Provided by publisher.
The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard-- but when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. To the Witch it is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. Something is stirring in the forest; mysterious strangers offer Rhea and the Witch their heart's desire. But when a treacherous and deadly truth surfaces, how much are they willing to risk to survive? -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 January #1
    Rhea has had lifelike dreams and visions since she was a child. Her parents say that she's sleepwalking, that she has anxiety, that it's not real—but it feels real. Seeing her own dead body in a nightmare feels palpably terrifying. Her three sisters, Rose, Renata, and Raisa, are similarly odd, or possibly cursed, belonging to dream worlds of their own, or ruminating on the cruelty of beauty and the ugliness of darkness at the breakfast table. For Rhea, the Darkness is a real person: her real world and the dreaming world are crossing over and mixing together, and in the Witch's dark dreamland, she could be a hero or a prisoner. How she chooses to use her magic against the Witch remains to be seen. This first novel is a twisting mix of modern story and fantasy tale. It has plenty of promise, but the ornate prose ("The Witch's heart bloomed an amaranthine rose with petals of velvety blood") may turn off the casual reader. Best for larger collections. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Alyssa Wees's debut novel is The Waking Forest. She lives and writes in Chicago. To learn more about Alyssa and her writing, go to her website,, and follow @AlyssaWees on Twitter.

Subject: Magic > Fiction.
Witches > Fiction.
Wishes > Fiction.
Sisters > Fiction.
Foxes > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Witches > Fiction.
Wishes > Fiction.
Sisters > Fiction.
Foxes > Fiction.
Genre: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary.
Fantasy fiction.
Animal fiction.

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