Monsters aren’t real. Everyone knows that. Full of creepy-cool atmosphere and monstrous magic, this gripping middle grade debut will sink its claws into fans of supernatural adventures like Holly Black’s Doll Bones and Ellen Oh’s Spirit Hunters.
When a sudden earthquake strands Celia’s parents out of town, she finds herself on her own in a shaken city. She tries to reach out to other kids around her apartment building. Some of them, like the sad boy named Demetri, seem wary of letting her too close. The others call themselves Hunters. They claim the earthquake was caused by monsters only kids can see. And they think Celia is destined to save the city.
Celia doesn’t feel destined to save anything—but for the first time, she feels like maybe she’s seeing things as they really are….
About the Author
Katherine Sparrow writes middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction for humans of all ages. Little Apocalypse is her first middle grade novel. She was nominated for a Nebula Award, attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop, and organizes workshops for writers at all parts of their journey. She was raised in Seattle and has lived up and down the West Coast, usually in rainy and foggy milieus that are excellent at convincing her to stay home and write.
“A charming read that weaves a tale of monsters and destiny.”
“Be prepared to devour this magical, fast-paced adventure about friendship, appearances, and power in one sitting.”
— School Library Journal
“Vivid imagery and plenty of cool monster-fighting sequences.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Impending danger drives the fast pace of the plot. A darkly magical, high-stakes adventure.”
— Kirkus Reviews