Fantasy Fiction for Young Readers
© Bralie Branan
A dazzling story of grief and found family wrapped in a spellbinding fairy tale, perfect for fans of Anne Ursu and Jodi Lynn Anderson.
Eleven-year-old Mira wishes everything could go back to the way it was. Before she changed schools and had to quit gymnastics. Especially before Papa died. Now she spends her days cooking and cleaning for her stepsisters and Val—who she still won’t call mom and still won’t forgive for the terrible thing she did.
When a mysterious girl named Lyndame appears out of the woods wielding a powerful wand, she makes Mira an offer she can’t refuse: she will grant Mira three wishes. What if magic isn’t just pretend after all? What if these wishes could fix everything? But in the quiet town of Between, Georgia, where secrets lurk and rumors swirl of strange creatures, nothing is as it seems, and everything comes at a price.
Rising talent Landra Jennings weaves together an enchanting, modern fairy tale with eloquence and compassion about finding hope after loss—and finding belonging in the places we least expect.
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A bewitching tale of sisterly love, finding your voice, and the value of a good tomato. I love this book.
- Anne Ursu, author of The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy
Evokes the swamps of the south—brimming with mystery, magic and abundant heart. Neve is the perfect guide to this strange and unsettling world and I couldn't put her story down.
- Jo Watson Hackl, author of Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe
A refreshingly honest story about imperfect families, about how sometimes we care best for others by being real with ourselves.
- Laurel Snyder, author of Orphan Island and My Jasper June
Jennings threads the fantasy and horror elements with the book’s realism with a goosebump-inducing precision...hand this to fans of Doll Bones and middle graders looking for a spooky blend of horror and folklore.
- Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
This riveting retelling of Snow White and Rose Red is eerie and atmospheric, grounded in an extraordinary sibling connection that is given room to shift and evolve . . . a splendidly suspenseful and sinister read with a tender heart.
A swamp full of secrets and a quirky cast of characters combine for a delightfully dark debut.
- Kirkus Reviews
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© Bralie Branan
Landra writes fantasy novels for preteens – ages 8 through 12 – but appreciates readers of all ages!
Landra loved books before she could read – as a toddler in Georgia she'd turn the pages of books for hours. As a preteen, she’d strictly manage the list of library books checked out by her and her younger siblings. She turned this love of management and list-making into an adult career as a management consultant, working in Atlanta and Chicago. However, these days she has returned to her love of books and story, writing fairy-tale influenced fantasy like the stories that so fascinated her as a child.
Landra has an MBA from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University where she won the Anne Tews Schwab Scholarship in Excellence in Critical Writing and the Walden Pond Press Scholarship in Middle Grade Fiction and Nonfiction.
Today, Landra lives with her husband and sons in Greenville, South Carolina but still has a special place in her heart for Chicago, where her children were born. She doesn’t get offended when people mispronounce or misspell her name, but for the record, it’s pronounced like Sandra with an “L”.
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November 10, 2023 School visits. Little Shop of Stories, Atlanta, GA
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November 20, 2023 School visit. West Pelzer Elementary School, West Pelzer, SC.
November 27, 2023 School visits. Open Book Foundation. Washington D.C.
December 1, 2023 School visit. Christ Church Episcopal, Greenville, SC
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December 12, 2023 School visit. Bethel Elementary School, Simpsonville, SC
January 12, 2024 School visit. Pickens Elementary School, Pickens, SC
March 6-7, 2024 Panel and Signings. SCASL, Columbia, SC
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