"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
"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
A 2018 Carnegie Medal Nominee
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. . . .