Fresh off the presses from Balzer + Bray, a children's imprint of Harper Collins...
From legendary Hollywood director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and bestselling author Ned Vizzini (It's Kind of a Funny Story and The Other Normals) comes this first book in an epic new fantasy series.
Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker once had everything: two loving parents, a beautiful house in San Francisco, and all the portable electronic devices they could want. But everything changed when Dr. Walker lost his job in the wake of a mysterious incident. Now in dire straits, the family must relocate to an old Victorian house that used to be the home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff—a house that feels simultaneously creepy and too good to be true.
By the time the Walkers realize that one of their neighbors has sinister plans for them, they're banished to a primeval forest way off the grid. Their parents? Gone. Their friends? A world away. And they aren't alone. Bloodthirsty medieval warriors patrol the woods around them, supernatural pirates roam the neighboring seas, and a power-hungry queen rules the land. To survive, the siblings will have to be braver than they ever thought possible—and fight against their darkest impulses. The key may lie in their own connection to the secret Kristoff legacy. But as they unravel that legacy, they'll discover it's not just their family that's in danger... it's the entire world.
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Chris Columbus is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Columbus is known for such movies as Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), and Home Alone (1990), the last of which received a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film. He is also known as the director who began the Harry Potter film series, directing the first two films and producing the third in the series of eight. As a producer, he received an Academy Award nomination for his film The Help (2011).
Ned Vizzini is the New York Times-bestselling author of young-adult books The Other Normals, It's Kind of a Funny Story (also a major motion picture), Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah.... In television, he has written for ABC's Last Resort and MTV's Teen Wolf. His essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, the Daily Beast, and Salon. He is the co-author, with Chris Columbus, of the new fantasy-adventure series House of Secrets. His work has been translated into ten languages. He lives in Los Angeles.