Featuring a unique twist on French lore, The Rabbit’s Gift is set in a country where human babies are grown in cabbage-like plants and delivered by rabbits. Told in dual points of view, a rabbit and a young girl each make terrible choices. If they can’t find a way to work together to fix their mistakes, more than their own futures are on the line––their entire country could be destroyed.
“In The Rabbit’s Gift, Jessica Vitalis explores with deftness and sensitivity the power of perspective in storytelling, and how, quite often, the world is far more complicated than simply a good hero versus an evil villain. Lyrical writing, a vividly inventive world, and wholly endearing characters make this timeless, tenderhearted story shine. A thoroughly enchanting tale.” ~Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn
“The compelling story, based on a French fairy tale, features meticulous mythology, high adventure, and deepening introspection, giving equal attention to the two opposing main characters. An enchanting exploration of the importance of perspective and what it means to lead with an empathetic heart.” ~Booklist
“A clever tale of rabbits, cabbage babies, purple carrots, mistakes made, and lessons learned.” ~Kirkus
“Reminding readers that small can still be mighty.” ~ Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
“A powerful story about the tenuous place where the human & animal worlds meet. Rooted in French mythology, with gorgeous botanical imagery and timely messages about the importance of working together for the common good.” ~ Kate Albus, author of A Place to Hang the Moon
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Featuring a surprise twist on Grim Reaper mythology, The Wolf’s Curse is a gorgeous, voice-driven literary fantasy about family, fate, and long-held traditions. Shunned by his fearful village, a twelve-year-old apprentice embarks on a surprising quest to clear his name with a mythic—and dangerous—wolf following closely at his heels.
“. . . extraordinary fantasy debut . . . an emotional roller coaster with all the feels.” ~Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Thoughtful, creative, and engaging.” ~Kirkus Reviews
“Vitalis’ striking debut is alluringly told . . .” ~Booklist
“In a thought-provoking debut, Vitalis considers grief, the end of life, and the industry of death through the eyes of an otherworldly, psychopompic wolf.” ~ Publishers Weekly
“A fable as polished and timeless as a fine wooden toy. Readers will root for spunky heroes Gauge and Roux while keeping watch for a certain mysterious wolf who’s not what she seems . . .” ~Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of the Newbery Honor book The Book of Boy
“Curiosity from young readers about the topic of death—combined with the level of action that takes place—will suck readers into the pages of The Wolf’s Curse, spitting them out on the other side seeing human connections in a whole new way. Highly recommended.” ~ The Children’s Book Review
“The Wolf’s Curse boldly tells readers to take a closer look at the stories they’re told—not to mention at the wolves that might be lurking in the shadows. A clear-eyed, big hearted fable of compassion, friendship, and love.” ~Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy
“A lyrical tale of loss and survival, tradition and belief, in which tension and secrets build like a towering wave. The Wolf’s Curse is a story of many layers. Young readers will treasure this beautiful debut and hold it close to their hearts.” ~Diane Magras, author of The Mad Wolf’s Daughter
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