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Thousands of miles south of the island of Bliss, day and night last for 72 hours. Here is one of the natural wonders of this world: a whirlpool thirty miles wide and a hundred miles around. This is the Drain. Anything sucked into its frothing, turbulent waters is never seen again. Close to the Drain is the island of Edgeland: a holy place where people bring their dead to be blessed at the great 'bone houses' - ancient, mystical funeral homes that process thousands of bodies each day. The dead are loaded onto funeral scows and sent over the edge, into the World After, the place where the dead come back to life and face judgement. At least, that's what the priests say. Alec is second in command at House Aron - the greatest and oldest of the bone houses. If he plays his cards right, he stands to inherit the house. His closest friend, though, is posing a threat to this - Wren, a vagabond who lives by her wits on the streets of Edgeland. Wren wants nothing more than to escape the island - she sees it as nothing more than a sham. She doesn't believe in the bone houses, or the priest, or even the existence of the World After. She just believes in herself - and her need to find a way off the island. There's a catch, though - the only person who can help her is Alec. Can Alec betray the House of Aron to help Wren, or will he stay true to the path that's been laid out for him for as long as he can remember?
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Jake Halpern is an acclaimed journalist, author, and radio producer who has written for several publications including The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. As a contributor at NPR, Jake produced one of the most listened-to episodes of This American Life. He co-wrote the DORMIA series with Peter Kujawinski and is the author of BAD PAPER, a non-fiction book for adults. Follow Jake at For eighteen years, Peter Kujawinski was an American diplomat, on assignment in places like Israel, Haiti and France and at the United Nations in New York. Most recently, he was the U.S. Consul General in western Canada. While working as a diplomat, he started to write for adults and children. He has contributed to the international edition of the New York Times, and with co-author Jake Halpern, Peter wrote the DORMIA trilogy (DORMIA, WORLD'S END and SHADOW TREE). He lives in Chicago with his family. Follow Peter at or on Twitter: @kujawinski


Halpern and Kujawinski have constructed a refreshing, original fantasy that thoughtfully probes the subjects of class, religion, and morality. Compellingly written, this otherworldly adventure is a unique offering that deserves attention. Happily, an open ending suggests Wren and Alec's adventures have only begun. * Booklist * An imaginative adventure/fantasy exploring the afterlife...a compelling tale with high stakes and lots of unanswered questions. * School Library Journal *

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