BEWARE THE WILD
Publisher: Harper Teen
Lush and lyrical, bewitching and mysterious (think Twin Peaks meets the Village), this unique debut is both atmospheric and scary. Equal parts Southern Gothic and thriller, here is a new author to watch.
The entire town of Sticks, Louisiana, fears the swamp that sleeps in its center, surrounded by an all too fragile picket fence. For 16-year-old Sterling Soucier, the swamp has always been a place to escape into magic and safety - until the day her brother Phineas climbs over the fence in a fit of rage and never comes back out. After three days of searching, a strange, ethereal girl named Lenora May crawls out of the murky water, claiming to be Sterling’s sister. Suddenly, nobody but Sterling remembers Phin and the entire town accepts Lenora May without question.
Determined to rescue her brother, Sterling finds an unlikely ally in Heath Durham. Distant and quiet (though undeniably cute), Heath isn’t the sort of boy Sterling expects even to know her name. But one year ago, Heath lost his best friend to the swamp and he believes her story completely.
With Heath’s help, Sterling braves the mysterious, seductive, increasingly encroaching swamp in search of her brother, but what she finds instead is a relentless and powerful spirit who gave himself to the swamp a century ago and wants his sister Lenora May back - at any cost.