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Published by Algonquin Young Readers
ISBN: 978-1616205058

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In the center of the verdant Monarchy lies Dreadwillow Carse, a black and desolate bog that the happy people of the land do their best to ignore. Little is known about it, except for one dire warning: If any monarch enters Dreadwillow Carse, then the Monarchy will fall. Twelve-year-old Princess Jeniah yearns to know what the marsh could possibly conceal that might topple her family’s thousand-year reign of peace and prosperity.

Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Emberfell, where everyone lives with unending joy, a girl named Aon hides a sorrow she can never reveal. She knows that something in the carse–something that sings a haunting tune only Aon can hear–holds the cure for her sadness. Yet no matter how many times she tries to enter, the terror-inducing dreadwillow trees keep her away.

After a chance meeting, Princess Jeniah and Aon hatch a plan to send Aon into the heart of the carse to unlock its darkest secret. But when Aon doesn’t return, a guilt-stricken Jeniah must enter the carse to try and rescue her friend–even if it means risking the entire Monarchy.

” Farrey weaves a captivating and suspenseful tale of the power of female friendship and the pain of growing up. .”

Starred Review–Kirkus Reviews

“The labyrinth of characters and dilemmas expands as the novel progresses, culminating in a rewarding ending that highlights the importance of embracing emotions, curiosity, and measured choices.”

Publishers Weekly

“This book is wise and wonderful.”
– William Alexander, National Book Award-winning author of Goblin Secrets

“Mesmerizing . . . This is an adventure story, yes, but it is something more—it is a story of the transformational power of curiosity, tenacity, and courage.”
– Kelly Barnhill, author of The Witch’s Boy

Published by HarperCollins Childrens

ISBN-13: 978-0062049346

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Jaxter Grimjinx and his family haven’t had much time for thieving. Through no fault of their own, they’ve been too busy saving the day. But danger in the Five Provinces is only just beginning. The Palatinate Mages are almost ready to unveil their master plan, and legendary monsters will soon roam the land once more.

Then Jaxter’s sister, Aubrin, is kidnapped by the Mages. It seems she has a power greater than her family ever realized, and she may be the key to the impending battle for the Five Provinces.

Jaxter will do anything to get his little sister back—even if it means pulling off the greatest heist of his life and starting a large-scale rebellion.


“The Grimjinx family remains as delightfully sneaky as ever… the action is rollicking and fast-paced… Full of twists, monsters, cool magic and cooler anti-magic, with underlying family warmth and a creative crescendo.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Farrey has concluded this series with gusto and heart. Jaxter, along with his family and friends, are unforgettable, resilient, and realistically portrayed. The humor hits the mark just right and never tries too hard. This is a winning series that deserves a home in every library.” (School Library Journal)


Published by HarperCollins Childrens

ISBN-13: 978-0062049315

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Jaxter Grimjinx is back. Trouble is brewing in the Five Provinces. Mysterious magical artifacts have gone missing from the royal vaults. Master thieves from a secret society known as the Shadowhands are disappearing. And without explanation, the High Laird has begun imprisoning the peaceful Sarosan people.

Jaxter Grimjinx suspects all these things are connected, but after the tapestry fiasco that nearly destroyed Vengekeep, he knows better than to get involved. Then he and his parents receive a summons from the Shadowhands—a summons that they would be foolish to ignore—and Jaxter is thrust into the heart of the conspiracy. With the help of a few new friends and an old friend he would rather forget, Jaxter will have to delve deep into some long-buried and dangerous secrets.

“Farrey’s prose is arch and vivid, creating by turns giggles, groans, and elevated heartbeats.”– Booklist

“An adventure filled with twists, turns, and unexpected connections.” –School Library Journal


Published by HarperCollins Childrens
ISBN: 978-0-06-204928-5

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Enk vessera, enk talmin.

You can’t convict what you can’t confirm.

Jaxter Grimjinx is a born thief. At least, he’s supposed to be. For generations, the Grimjinx clan has produced the swiftest, cleverest thieves in Vengekeep.

The problem is, Jaxter is clumsy. So clumsy that in his first solo heist, he sets the Castellan’s house on fire and lands his family in gaol. Even Jaxter’s skill for breaking magical locks can’t get them out of this bind.


A Fall 2012 Junior Library Guild Selection.

Winter 2012-2013 Kids’ Indie Next List

Best Children’s Books of 2012  (Kirkus Reviews) 

Named to the New York Public Library’s list of Children’s Books: 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, 2012

Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2013

“Farrey’s rich fantasy hits the ground running and never lets up.”

Starred Review–Publishers Weekly

“Farrey creates a complete and satisfying read with this coming-of-age novel.”

Starred Review–Shelf Awareness

“There couldn’t be a more likable family of thieves.”

Kirkus Reviews

“In a nice twist on Harry Potterlike fantasies of wizards in school, Farrey launches a rollicking saga of life among the Grimjinx, a clan of petty thieves, fortune-tellers, and the ultimate saviors of their Middle Ages–esque world.”


“A charming story that’s at times laugh-out-loud funny but also a satisfying fantasy, offering a magical world and sometimes hapless hero that will strike a chord with fans of the first volumes of the Harry Potter series.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This book has something for everyone: prophecy, mystery, adventure, magic, and humor.”

Jack and Jill Magazine

“With great humor and dexterity, Farrey creates a new fantasy world where magic is kept in check, only popping up once in a while to bite our heroes on the bum.”

A Fuse #8 Production

“[A] lighthearted and freewheeling fantasy.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune


“Part of the fun is the many twists and turns that appear out of nowhere, often from one page to the next.”

–Benjamin Boche,

“Humorous and inventive. I’m eager to read the second book in the trilogy!”

–Joseph Delaney, bestselling author of the Last Apprentice series

“Enticing, lively, and wholly engrossing, this book takes us on a journey as twisty and treacherous as an old castle staircase.”

–Anne Ursu, award-winning author of Breadcrumbs