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The Undead Fox of Deadwood Forest

Aubrey Hartman

A delightfully grim tale about an undead fox whose lonely existence is turned upside down when he learns his job as usher of souls is in jeopardy, perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo and Tim Burton.

Clare is the undead fox of Deadwood Forest. Here, leaves grow in a perpetual state of fall: not quite dead, but not quite alive...just like Clare. Long ago, he was struck by a car, and, hovering between life and death, he was given the choice to either cross into the Afterlife or become an Usher of wandering souls. Clare chose the latter: stepping into a solitary life of helping souls meet their destiny.

Clare's quiet and predictable days are met with upheaval when a badger soul named Gingersnipes knocks on his door. Despite Clare's efforts to usher her into the Afterlife, the badger is unable to find her way out of Deadwood. This is unprecedented. Baffling. A disturbing mystery which threatens the delicate balance of the living and the dead. Clare seeks the help of Hesterfowl--the visionary grouse who recently foretold of turmoil in Deadwood. But Hesterfowl divulges a shocking revelation about the badger that leaves Clare devastated, outraged, and determined to do anything to change their fate.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: Feb 25th, 2025
  • Pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 7.88in - 5.50in - 1.05in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9780316575720
  • Recommended age: 08-10
  • Categories: Fantasy & MagicSocial Themes - Death, Grief, BereavementAnimals - Foxes

About the Author

Aubrey Hartman grew up in Virginia just before the technology boom, when exciting weekend plans consisted of a library card and a few dozen ice pops. Her most beloved friends all lived the pages of her favorite novels, and if she's being honest, they still do. After high school, she studied at Brigham Young University, earning a bachelor's degree in advertising and a minor in art history. Currently, she lives in California with her husband and three young children. In her thirty-some years, she's lived many lives, and is currently in her medical-mom era--learning how to be an advocate for her youngest child, an objectively delightful baby with a trach and a feeding tube. She invites you to visit her at aubreyhartman.com.