After 12-year-old Will Poppy's mother dies, he finds himself moving to a run-down castle with an aunt he loathes and servants who are up to no good - and that's just the beginning of his troubles. August 2016. Order your copy today at www.coteaubooks.com.
“[Will] thought about the weaver Morgan Moonstone, the tiles that changed from a rainbow to stars, Macavity’s amazing eyes, Mr. Tumnus in the bookstore and the strange light that glowed in the pencil box. And now the candles. There was magic all around him. He…picked up the writing book with the emerald cover, feeling an ache deep inside. Then he put the book back too. Favian had said, ‘Once a writer, always a writer.’ He was wrong. Will knew he would never write again.” - pg. 75
“Will tilted his head back and felt the wind on his face. And then, in the wind, he heard his mother’s soft voice. ‘Towers and magic,’ whispered Adrienna Poppy. ‘Anything can happen in a castle like this, William Poppy. Anything.’” - Griffin of Darkwood, pg. 25.
"‘Aunt Mauve!’ gasped Will. ‘You’ve bought a castle!’ ‘Don’t be ridiculous,’ said Aunt Mauve. ‘I detest castles!’ They were indeed staring at an ancient stone castle. The enormous walls were like blank grey faces with narrow windows for eyes. At one end a round tower rose high above the castle roof. At the other end loomed a massive square tower, half in ruins. A pink van was parked in the weeds that grew right up to the castle walls." - Griffin of Darkwood, pg. 21
“[Aunt Mauve] ordered Will to pack his trunk. He put in his most prized possessions first – his stack of writing books...his mother’s empty pencil box, a thesaurus full of amazing words and a brand-new writing book with an emerald cover. He opened the thesaurus and looked up the word orphan. He read the words that followed: foundling, urchin, gamin, waif, stray. They jumped around like ping-pong balls in his stomach.” Image: 'suitcase of memories' by Elizabeth M. CC BY 2.0