Still Life: The Books of Elsewhere: Volume 5 (Hardcover)

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By Jacqueline West, Poly Bernatene (Illustrator)
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The fifth and final book in The Books of Elsewhere, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling, fan-favorite series--absolutely not to be missed.

Annabelle McMartin is gone for good, but something worse lurks just out of sight--watching, waiting, preparing to strike. Then a field trip to the local art museum reveals a shock. What Olive discovers will create a chain of events that propel her to discoveries she may not wish to uncover, involving Morton's vanished parents and the very deepest, darkest roots of Aldous McMartin's creepy painted world. In this fifth and final book, Olive must seek the full, complex story of Elsewhere, its magical origins, and its creator, and in so doing, face her own fears and limitations--and possibly the destruction of Elsewhere itself. How far will Olive go to save the people and home she loves? And what will be the final cost?

A must-read fantasy series for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch, Coraline, and Septimus Heap.

About the Author

A two-time Pushcart nominee for poetry, Jacqueline West lives amid the bluffs of Red Wing, Minnesota, with her husband and their dog, Brom Bones. This is her fifth novel.

Praise For…


“The suspenseful and well-realized world that West has created comes to a satisfying conclusion. . . . Hand these books to fans of Lemony Snicket, Pseudonymous Bosch, and Angie Sage.”—SLJ

*“This final volume emphasizes the importance of friendship and support. . . . Olive’s efforts bring great rewards for herself and her readers. . . . Order the series.”—VOYA (starred review)

"A thoroughly satisfying reward for loyal fans of the series."—Kirkus

“West is a fine plot-spinner . . . Still Life winds up the McMartin saga with emotional complexity and suspense, and the denouement of the tale is generous and joyful.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune 

"It's like Coraline meets Harry Potter."—Nerdist

“If you or your kids are enthralled by the darker side of storytelling—think Neil Gaiman and Roald Dahl—then The Books of Elsewhere should be on your reading list. Full of magic, mystery, curiosity, and just enough danger . . . impossible to put down.”—Geekmom

“This exciting book will have you on the edge of your seat.” —Newsday


New York Times bestseller

"A suspenseful plot. . .handily amplified by Bernatene's moody and dramatically lit black and white illustrations--will have readers anxiously awaiting the next book."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This will be a hit with young fantasists ready for a measured helping of menace."--BCCB, starred review

"Recommend for fans of Neil Gaiman's Coraline."--School Library Journal

Amazon Best Books of the Month, "From the first few pages of The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere, middle grade readers will be hooked on this spooky new series."

"Middle grade writing as it should be."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Spook-tacular fun!"--Discovery Girls

"A fantastic story full of magic and mysteries."--San Francisco Chronicle

"This haunting fantasy thriller brings together the quirkiness of Roald Dahl and darkness of Neil Gaimen."--Austin Family

"The story was well-written, clever, and completely unpredictable...a great summer read that will let your imagination run wild."--TIME for Kids

"The Shadows does not disappoint. . .West introduces a spooky magical world that will captivate middle schoolers."

"Full of magic and mystery, this spine-tingling tale features a spunky heroine and first rate storytelling."

"The Books of Elsewhere just blew me away."--New Richmond News

A Junior Library Guild Selection

winner of the Cybil Award
Product Details
ISBN: 9780803736917
ISBN-10: 0803736916
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: June 17th, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: The Books of Elsewhere