Sarah Beth Durst is the author of award-winning fantasy novels for children and adults, including The Girl Who Could Not Dream and Journey Across the Hidden Islands. She lives with her family in Stony Brook, New York. Visit her at www.sarahbethdurst.com.
"Mayka's kindness and steady loyalty, her friends' animated and
varied personalities, and some downright brilliant problem-solving
will carve themselves into readers' memories."--Kirkus,
"Mayka is a strong, believable heroine that readers will root for. -..This exciting adventure has moments reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, in which the protagonist must rely on herself and her friends to find inner courage and her way to safety."--School Library Journal, review
"With a deft balance between the thrilling journey and the artfully built world of magic, this is as beautiful and adventurous as the graceful stone birds accompanying Mayka on her journey."--Booklist
"Featuring a richly diverse cast, vividly imagined worldbuilding, and passionate storytelling, Durst's middle grade fantasy is a feast for the senses."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"Mayka's thoughtful explorations of how the stories told about us shape our lives will especially appeal to young readers beginning to tell their own stories."--Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books