An exciting and poignant fantasy by world-renowned musician Dave Matthews and popular children's book author Clete Barrett Smith.
Kirra, a curious, agile, and outgoing girl, lives in an idyllic community hidden inside a dormant volcano. She and her father are the only two people allowed to venture beyond its walls. Kirra is in training to become a Storyteller like him, and together they travel from village to village spreading fearsome tales designed to keep outsiders away from their secret nest.
One day, after hearing rumors of strangers called the "Takers," Kirra leaves the volcano by herself, hoping to discover her own story. But she unknowingly leads the Takers back to her doorstep, and they rob her of everything she has ever held dear.
A devastated Kirra is found by a boy named Luwan and adopted into his family, which lives among others high in the trees of a dense forest. Now quiet and withdrawn, Kirra hides her dark past from everyone and never wants to leave the safety of her tree dwelling. Luwan, on the other hand, loves to explore. One day it leads to trouble: He is captured while spying on a group of strangers. The Takers have returned.
To save the Tree Folk, Kirra must face her inner demons and summon all her storytelling to weave the most important tale of her life.
This compelling novel about overcoming loss, embracing community, and living in harmony with nature is now available in paperback. Highlighted with a full-color insert of concept artwork, it is perfect for family sharing.
About the Author
David John "Dave" Matthews is a South African-born American singer-songwriter. musician, and actor, best known as the leader of the Dave Matthews Band, founded in 1991. During 2000-2010, his band sold more tickets than any other act in North America. They are the only group to have six consecutive studio albums debut at no. 1 on the Billboard charts. Outside of his Grammy Award-winning music career, Dave has had multiple acting roles, including a part in the film Because of Winn-Dixie. He uses his celebrity to support humanitarian and environmentalist causes. When he's not touring, he divides his time between Seattle and Virginia. He is married and the father of three children.
Clete Barrett Smith has written four humorous middle grade adventures, including Aliens on Vacation, which was named an ABA "New Voices" Selection, was nominated for five state awards, and has been optioned for film by Parkes-MacDonald Image Nation. Clete's first YA novel, MR. 60%, was published by Crown in August 2017. Clete received his MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and taught English at the high school level for over twenty years. He currently lives in Bellingham, Washington with his family.
Antonio Javier Caparo is an illustrator, graphic designer, and comic artist living in Montreal, Canada. Some of his clients include National Geographic, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Tor, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House. He has also worked in animation as a concept artist and background creator. His works have been selected for publication in the prestigious Spectrum Fantastic Art annual on several occasions.
"Both the underlying themes and Kirra’s sharply felt recovery from emotional devastation add sturdy props to this thought-provoking outing."—Booklist
"Readers will appreciate the triumphant growth of Kirra and her adoptive community, who choose to embrace the potential of pain and connection."—Publishers Weekly